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MTV Video Music Awards winners: Complete list of 2014 winners

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) was held on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. The always unpredictable program is one of the most talked about television shows in current times. Even before the televised event, news has been made from happenings at rehearsals for the telecast as well as from incidents occurring at pre-VMA parties throughout the Los Angeles area, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Sunday. Prior to the big event, three people - including former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight got shot at a celebrity-filled Sunset Strip party hosted by Chris Brown. Then there was the pre-VMA performance where Iggy Azalea took a hard tumble stage right - off the stage she was performing on.

MTV Video Music Awards 2014
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As promised, this year's show was quite exciting. The list of nominees in the 16 categories looked like a list of who’s who in contemporary music. For starters, superstar Beyonce was nominated in half of the categories. Her eight nominations were for songs culled from her self-titled surprise-release music collection released in the past year. The song videos up for the awards were “Drunk in Love” which is a Beyonce and husband Jay-Z collaboration, “Partition,” and “Pretty Hurts.” Of many Beyonce’s nominations, one was for the coveted Video of the Year.

Besides Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” being nominated for the 2014 MTV Video Music Award’s “Video of the Year,” there were four other nominees. Iggy Azalea was nominated for “Fancy,” a recording that features Charli XCX. Miley Cyrus controversial video for “Wrecking Ball” was also nominated - and won - in this category. The much talked about “Happy” video by Pharrell Williams was up for the best video of the year with Pharrel being the only male in the top notch category. And finally, Sia’s “Chandelier” was nominated as well.

In the “Best Hip-Hop Video” category, there were five strong nominees as well. Childish Gambino’s “3005” was up for this category. “Hold On (We’re Going Home” by Drake featuring Majid Jordan was also nominated in this category - and won the award. Eminem continues his long career with a nomination for “Berzerk” this year. Finally, Kanye West was nominated for Black Skinhead” and Wiz Khalifa was nominated for best hip hop video for “We Dem Boyz.”

2014 MTV Video Music Award Nominees (*WINNERS* highlighted after awards are presented)

Video of the Year
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
*Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”*
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “3005″
*Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”*
Eminem, “Berzerk”
Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video
*Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”*
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Best Female Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
*Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”*
Lorde, “Royals”

Best Pop Video
*Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”*
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Video
Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
Black Keys, “Fever”
Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
*Lorde, “Royals”*

Artist to Watch
5 Seconds of Summer, “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
*Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”*
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q, “Man of the Year”

Best Collaboration
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
*Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”*
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pitbull ft. Kesha, “Timber”

MTV Clubland Award
Calvin Harris, “Summer”
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix, “Animals”
*Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”*

Best Video With A Social Message
Angel Haze ft. Sia, “Battle Cry”
Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother”
*Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”*
David Guetta, “One Voice”
J. Cole, “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland, “Dirty Laundry”

Best Cinematography
30 Seconds to Mars, “City of Angels”
Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”
*Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”*
Gesaffelstein, “Hate Or Glory”
Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
*Eminem, “Rap God”*
Fitz and the Tantrums, “The Walker”
MGMT, “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Choreography
Beyoncé, “Partition”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza, “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
*Sia, “Chandelier”*
Usher, “Good Kisser”

Best Direction
Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
*DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”*
Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

Best Art Direction
*Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”*
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”
*OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”*

Best Lyric Video
*5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”*
Demi Lovato feat. Cheryl Ladd, “Really Don’t Care”
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Austin Mahone feat. Pitbull, “Mmm Yeah”
Katy Perry, “Birthday”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

The highlights of the evening included Taylor Swift making her dramatic move from country-pop to a solidified pop image as whe performed "Shake It Off" from her new album entitled "1989." Sam Smith gave an incredible performance of "Stay With Me" without the chorus heard on the popular recording of his song. Beyonce's medley of songs from her latest recording project got rave reviews - as she performed jsut before getting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award - while husband Jay-Z and their baby joined her on stage, possibly to subdue rumors of their impending split. The surprise from Miley Cyrus who twerked with Robin Thicke last year was that she didn't shock this year. As a matter of fact, she made a social statement for the homeless which went over well with the crowd. The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was held at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The host of the show was Rachel Antonoff.

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