- Students use alternative art materials for one-night-only exhibition June 18
- Digital Media wins national prize for TEDxBirmingham video
- Trip to New York brings national attention to Birmingham renaissance
- Clothes that work for new grads hitting the market
- Hagel emphasizes leadership to Naval Academy graduates
- Birmingham Chosen To Host 2015 C-USA Basketball Championships
- On The Money: How new graduates can take on the job market
- Canvas unrolled for new school year
- Tornadoes Leave Trail of Devastation (Photos)
- Campus closes early Tuesday due to severe thunderstorm
- Alabama does a double take: ‘Urinetown: the Musical’ hits home twice
- A+ Performance by Legend
- UAB Women’s Softball defeat Charlotte 49ers (8-0)
- A Fun and Fluffy Study Break In Lister Hill
- UAB Earth Month Festival
VMA’s 2014 Recap: More Like BeyMA’s
After last year’s headline making show, all eyes were once again on the MTV Video Music Awards this year to see just what jaw-droppers the show would once again produce — and it did not fail.
Rising pop superstar Ariana Grande opened the show with a stellar performance of her single “Break Free,” from her new album My Everything, showing off her impressive vocals. Then, the audience was lead into Nicki Minaj performing her much talked about song “Anaconda,” and she, like with the video, showed us things we did not know were possible to do with your butt. This all culminated in a performance of Ariana, Nicki and Jessie J’s joint single “Bang Bang.” Thing’s were going flawlessly until Minaj reappeared on stage to sing her verse holding her dress together in the front, having not successfully finished her quick change.
Katy Perry, paying homage to Britney Spears dressed in a full denim dress, took home the Moonman for Best Female Video with her “Dark Horse” video with rapper Juicy J, while Ed Sheeran took home the Moonman for Best Male Video with his hit “Sing.”
The flawless Taylor Swift performed her new single “Shake It Off,” from her upcoming album 1989. For the first time at the show, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora performed their hit song “Black Widow,” with Ora giving a flawless vocal performance.
Girl group Fifth Harmony took home the Artist To Watch Award for their song “Miss Movin’ On,” Ariana Grande took home the Moonman for Best Pop Video with her hit “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, and somehow Lorde took home the Moonman for Best Rock Video with her song “Royals,” even though we are pretty sure that is a pop song.
Kim Kardashian, and her enormous cleavage, introduced newbie (and apparent friend) Sam Smith for a simple but great performance of his breakout hit “Stay With Me,” while Maroon 5 performed their song “Maps.” Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer held their own giving a strong performance of their hit, “Amnesia.” I found Maroon 5’s performance particularly surprising seeing as how lead singer Adam Levine said a few years ago that he hated the VMAs.. Usher also gave a stellar performance of his new song “She Came To Give It To You,” featuring Nicki Minaj who returned to the stage looking like she was still mad about the previous almost wardrobe malfunction.
Common held a moment of silence for Ferguson, Missouri teen Mike Brown, who was shot and killed, before presenting Best Hip-Hop Video to Drake for his “Hold On (We’re Going Home)” video featuring Majid Jordan. There was also a short and awkward photo montage tribute to Robin Williams who passed recently. It felt out of place and forced.
Miley Cyrus won the coveted Moonman for Video Of The Year for “Wrecking Ball,” but instead of accepting the award herself, she sent a man named Jesse to accept it on her behalf. He called attention to runaway and homeless youth in America. It was basically a complete 180 from last years antics and actually seemed very heartfelt. Though I could have done without the numerous cutaways to Miley looking very misty eyed. That part felt just a little inauthentic, though overall a nice turnaround for her.
But the biggest, best, and most talked about part of the night was of course queen Beyonce’s dazzling 16 minute performance of basically her entire self-titled album, which dropped last December, in honor of her receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Wearing a multi-color stained-glass like bodysuit, she glided through “Mine,” “Haunted,” “Pretty Hurts,” “No Angel,” “Jealous,” “Blow,” “Drunk In Love,” “Rocket,” “Partition,” “Superpower,” “Flawless,” “Yonce,” “Blue,” and “XO” with such ease that you could not look away. She made everyone else basically look like the opening act. After the performance her husband Jay-Z, along with daughter Blue Ivy, presented her with the award calling her “the greatest living entertainer,” and it is not like we can deny that is true.