The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were perfectly described by the ladies of Orange is the New Black “This year’s VMAs are a lot like our prison show, there are a bunch of badass women all crammed in the same place trying to get one over on each other.”
The show was held at the Forum in Inglewood, California, just outside of Los Angeles. Everything ran pretty smoothly, there were no scandals like last year (darn it!) and one of the best VMA performances ever came from Beyonce, and no one was surprised.
She brought her 2013’s self-titled album to life, by performing almost all of the tracks from the album.
She had it all – a resounding feminist manifesto, multiple fan shout-outs, amazing choreography with a truck-load of dancers, you name it.
She was presented with the Video Vanguard Award by her husband, Jay Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy, who complimented her mom’s performance with the cutest aired three words in the last couple of years “Good job, mommy!”
Beyonce was crying, Jay Z looked very proud and the audience was mesmerized by entertainment’s number one couple.
When Wrecking Ball won the title for Video of the Year, Miley Cyrus stayed behind, letting a young man named Jesse walk to the podium. He gave a heart-melting speech, saying “I’ve been an extra in your movies; I’ve been an extra in your lives.” He pleaded for attention to America’s 1.6 million runaway and homeless children.
The performed songs were Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj), Break Free (Ariana Grande), Anaconda (Nicki Minaj), Black Widow (Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora), Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) and some others.
Even though it was your average everyday award show (with the exception of Beyonce’s amazing performance), it was, if anything, a celebration of female empowerment in the entertainment industry, due to the mass awards won by female entertainers and their performances.