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  • Ke$ha arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sundayin Inglewood, Calif.

      Ke$ha arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sundayin Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Ashton Irwin, from left, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Ashton Irwin, from left, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Pre-show host actress and singer Lucy Hale arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Pre-show host actress and singer Lucy Hale arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Place holders for musicians Gwen Stefani, front row left, and Taylor Swift, front row right, are displayed during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Press Preview Day at the Forum on Thursday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Place holders for musicians Gwen Stefani, front row left, and Taylor Swift, front row right, are displayed during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Press Preview Day at the Forum on Thursday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Jessie J arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Jessie J arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • "Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      "Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • "Problem" singer Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      "Problem" singer Ariana Grande arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Olivia Culpo, left, and Nick Jonas arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Olivia Culpo, left, and Nick Jonas arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Victoria Justice arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Victoria Justice arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Associated Press/Invision "Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

      Associated Press/Invision "Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

  • What is there to say about Amber Rose's VMAs get up? Other than yikes? Nothing.

      What is there to say about Amber Rose's VMAs get up? Other than yikes? Nothing.
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  • Jordin Sparks, left, and Jason Derulo offer up some sweet PDA on the red carpet at the VMAs.

      Jordin Sparks, left, and Jason Derulo offer up some sweet PDA on the red carpet at the VMAs.
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  • Sam Smith arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards. Smith would later perform his hit "Stay With Me."

      Sam Smith arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards. Smith would later perform his hit "Stay With Me."
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  • Gwen Stefani arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum.

      Gwen Stefani arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum.
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  • Nicki Minaj arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

      Nicki Minaj arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
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  • Taylor Swift, who rarely makes a fashion misstep, turns out for the VMAs in a tiny romper.

      Taylor Swift, who rarely makes a fashion misstep, turns out for the VMAs in a tiny romper.
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  • Ed Sheeran arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Ed Sheeran arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Adam Levine, left, and Behati Prinsloo arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Adam Levine, left, and Behati Prinsloo arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Gwen Stefani arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Gwen Stefani arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jennifer Lopez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

      Jennifer Lopez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
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  • Iggy Azalea arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

      Iggy Azalea arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
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  • Usher arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards,

      Usher arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards,
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  • Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Actress Chloe Grace Moretz arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Actress Chloe Grace Moretz arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Kim Kardashian, who would later introduce a performance by Sam Smith, arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Kim Kardashian, who would later introduce a performance by Sam Smith, arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Taylor Swift and her romper walk the VMAs red carpet.

      Taylor Swift and her romper walk the VMAs red carpet.
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  • Kendall Jenner, from left, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Kendall Jenner, from left, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • "The Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      "The Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jessie J performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jessie J performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Charli XCX performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Charli XCX performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Gwen Stefani arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Gwen Stefani arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Ariana Grande, who would go on to win best pop vidoe  for "Problem," performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Ariana Grande, who would go on to win best pop vidoe for "Problem," performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Maroon 5 arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Maroon 5 arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Usher has a little fun on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Usher has a little fun on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Rita Ora arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Rita Ora arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Ariana Grande, from left, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Ariana Grande, from left, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jennifer Lopez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

      Jennifer Lopez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
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  • Kelly Rowland shows off her baby bump as she walks the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Kelly Rowland shows off her baby bump as she walks the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

      Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
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  • Katy Perry sports a denim ensemble on the red carpet at MTV Video Music Awards.

      Katy Perry sports a denim ensemble on the red carpet at MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • "Orange Is the New Black" star Taylor Schilling arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      "Orange Is the New Black" star Taylor Schilling arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards. Aduba would present with her castmates Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox.

      "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards. Aduba would present with her castmates Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox.
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  • Lucy Hale who was handling pre-show duties takes a moment to pose for the cameras with Miley Cyrus.

      Lucy Hale who was handling pre-show duties takes a moment to pose for the cameras with Miley Cyrus.
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  • Ariana Grande, who would go on to win a moon man of her own, performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Ariana Grande, who would go on to win a moon man of her own, performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Taylor Swift performs her new single "Shake It Off" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Taylor Swift performs her new single "Shake It Off" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jessie J performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jessie J performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Nicki Minaj ditches the snakes for this performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Nicki Minaj ditches the snakes for this performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani present an award for best female video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani present an award for best female video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Sam Smith pulls of a powerhouse performance of his hit "Stay With Me" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Sam Smith pulls of a powerhouse performance of his hit "Stay With Me" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Katy Perry, right, and Juicy J accept the award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Katy Perry, right, and Juicy J accept the award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Taylor Swift performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Taylor Swift performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jim Carrey presents the award for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jim Carrey presents the award for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jim Carrey, left, and Jeff Daniels present the award for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jim Carrey, left, and Jeff Daniels present the award for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Usher performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Usher performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Ariana Grande poses with her award for Best Pop Video in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Ariana Grande poses with her award for Best Pop Video in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • "Orange Is the New Black" stars Uzo Aduba, from left, Laverne Cox and Taylor Schilling speak at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      "Orange Is the New Black" stars Uzo Aduba, from left, Laverne Cox and Taylor Schilling speak at the MTV Video Music Awards.

  • Juicy J, featured in Katy Perry's song "Dark Horse," poses in the press room with the award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Juicy J, featured in Katy Perry's song "Dark Horse," poses in the press room with the award for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Emil Nava, left, and Ed Sheeran pose with the award for Best Male Video Award in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards

      Emil Nava, left, and Ed Sheeran pose with the award for Best Male Video Award in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards
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  • Lorde accepts the award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Lorde accepts the award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Nicki Minaj poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Nicki Minaj poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Lorde poses in the press room with the award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Lorde poses in the press room with the award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Miley Cyrus poses with the award for Video of the Year in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Miley Cyrus poses with the award for Video of the Year in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jessie J poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jessie J poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Michael Clifford, from left, Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Michael Clifford, from left, Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.
    Associated Press/Invision

  • Jennifer Lopez performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jennifer Lopez performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Iggy Azalea performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Iggy Azalea performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Emil Nava, left, and Ed Sheeran arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Emil Nava, left, and Ed Sheeran arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Iggy Azalea performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Iggy Azalea performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Fifth Harmony poses with the award for Artist to Watch in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Fifth Harmony poses with the award for Artist to Watch in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Looking on from left is Blue Ivy and Jay-Z.

      Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Looking on from left is Blue Ivy and Jay-Z.
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  • Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award with Blue Ivy and Jay-Z at left during the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday

      Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award with Blue Ivy and Jay-Z at left during the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday
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  • Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards before receiving the Video Vanguard Award.

      Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards before receiving the Video Vanguard Award.
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  • Lorde accepts the Best Rock Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Lorde accepts the Best Rock Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Beyonce performs during her 20-minute set Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Beyonce performs during her 20-minute set Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Nina Dobrev, left, and Trey Songz present the award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Nina Dobrev, left, and Trey Songz present the award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Miley Cyrus, left, accepts the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Miley Cyrus, left, accepts the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • A tribute to Robin Williams appears on screen at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      A tribute to Robin Williams appears on screen at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jason Derulo, left, and Demi Lovato speak at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jason Derulo, left, and Demi Lovato speak at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Jimmy Fallon presents the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Jimmy Fallon presents the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Nicki Minaj performs "Anaconda" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Nicki Minaj performs "Anaconda" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
    Associated Press/Invision

  • Iggy Azalea performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Iggy Azalea performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Iggy Azalea, left, and Rita Ora perform "Black Widow" at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Iggy Azalea, left, and Rita Ora perform "Black Widow" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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  • Normani Hamilton, from left, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony accept the award for Artist to Watch at the MTV Video Music Awards.

      Normani Hamilton, from left, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony accept the award for Artist to Watch at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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NEW YORK -- The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: The most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking during her performance of "Anaconda" in the show's first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for "Bang, Bang."

"It felt amazing to open the show, and we ran out of time getting the dress zipped up," Minaj said backstage.

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But it was Beyonce who stole the show. The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. She was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter which brought her to tears, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage.

Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."

As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer."

"I'm so full. I have nothing to say, but I am filled with so much gratitude," she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.

Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single "Shake It Off" in shimmery shorts and a crop top. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, "One second. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there."

She continued: "It's all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous."

Grande kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, "Break Free" in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single "Problem," but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for the hit "Dark Horse."

Lorde won best rock video for "Royals" and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit "Stay With Me."\

Iggy Azalea and Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their hit "Black Widow," as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and sang along.

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