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MTV VMA 2014 full of sweet moments, sassy outfits and standout performances

The most memorable moments from music's big night.
The most memorable moments from music's big night.
Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images

If you didn't catch the VMAs, you missed a good show; but don't worry, here's a rundown on the performances, the outfits and the moments we will never forget.

Beyonce accepts the VMA Vanguard Award from husband Jay Z and Blue Ivy at the MTV VMAs 2014.
Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images

Let's start by saying that Beyonce ruled the night, even if she went on last. She put on an electrifying 16 minute performance, filled with plenty of hip shaking, and some cool blue flames. She wore a long-sleeved leotard that looked like her daughter went crazy on with a bedazzler...but in a good way. One of the best moments of the night was when Mrs. Carter accepted the VMA Video Vanguard Award from her husband Jay Z, who brought baby Blue Ivy up on stage to share the moment with her parents. You could here little Bey say "mama" as Beyonce teared up, while Jay looked on proudly. "I have nothing to say, but I’m filled with so much gratitude" Beyonce told the audience.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora rocked the house with their Black Widow duet, each looking fierce in black catsuits. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J also gave solid performaces with their medley of Break Free, Anaconda and Bang Bang. Ariana sported a glittering leotard with a flirty half skirt and matching boots that showed off her fun, feminine side. Nicki rocked a sparkling green bra and booty shorts which showed off her derriere just right (which she also twerked and shook all over the stage) and an amazon themed set. Jessie J showed off her legs in an ultra mini dress. Both Ariana and Nick joined Jessie on the stage, wearing a black leotard and a black mini dress, respectively.

In a surprising twist, Miley Cyrus was not the one acting wild or twerking this time. A total 180 from when she was sticking her tongue out and toting foam fingers around, she was dressed in black and seemed very composed and sophisticated. She won the Video of The Year Award for Wrecking Ball, but instead of going up to accept it, sent a young man named Jesse up, who is representative of the many homeless youths and runaways in LA. "I’ve survived in shelters all over this city. I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms. I’ve been an extra in your movies. I’ve been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight" he said in a very special speech. "The music industry will make over $7 billion this year and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home. If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley’s Facebook page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality.”

There were also two touching tributes during the night, one for Michael Brown, the teen who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri and one to the late Robin Williams.

Here's a list of the night's winners. For more, check out

Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

Best Hip Hop: Drake ft. Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home)

Best Male: Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell - Sing

Best Female: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - Dark Horse

Best Pop: Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem

Best Rock: Lorde - Royals

MTV Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony - Miss Movin On

Best Collaboration: Beyonce ft. Jay Z - Drunk In Love

MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams - Stay the Night

Best Video With a Social Message: Beyonce - Pretty Hurts

Best Editing: Eminem - Rap God

Best Choreography: Sia - Chandelier

Best Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down For What

Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Best Visual Effects: OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall

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