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5 memorable VMA moments -- Beyonce and beyond

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  • Beyoncé smiles onstage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

    Beyoncé smiles onstage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.
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  • Nicki Minaj opened the MTV Video Music Awards with a snake-themed performance of "Anaconda" that included a lot of attention on Minaj's most jiggly asset.

    Nicki Minaj opened the MTV Video Music Awards with a snake-themed performance of "Anaconda" that included a lot of attention on Minaj's most jiggly asset.
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  • Riff Raff and Katy Perry arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. But it was clear Perry was much more into Sam Smith as the night went on.

    Riff Raff and Katy Perry arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. But it was clear Perry was much more into Sam Smith as the night went on.
    Associated Press

  • The quiet, commanding performance of "Stay With Me" by British singer Sam Smith drew the night's first -- and most sincere -- standing ovation.

    The quiet, commanding performance of "Stay With Me" by British singer Sam Smith drew the night's first -- and most sincere -- standing ovation.
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By Chris Talbott
Associated Press

They don't call her Queen Bey for nothing. Beyonce not only stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, she used the moment to erase the cynical cloud around her family status with an adorable appearance by daughter Blue Ivy and doting husband Jay Z to finish off the night. Here are five memorable moments from the night.

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