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MTV Video Movie Awards Recap; Beyonce Dominates Disappointing VMAs

MTV Video Movie Awards Recap; Beyonce Dominates Disappointing VMAs

The unofficial end of summer is here, as MTV brings its annual Video Music Awards back to Los Angeles after taking the show on the road to Brooklyn's Barclays Center a year ago. Though every VMA ceremony has a level of unpredictability, with last year's Miley Cyrus-Robin Thicke performance still disturbingly fresh in many people's minds, the question is, can anybody top it? The rumor is that Beyoncé is going to be addressing rumors about her marriage during her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award performance. Is this going to be a good thing, or a bad thing for Jovah?

Last year, Broadway baby Ariana Grande made quite the splash performing on the VMA Preshow. However, this year, she is singing her song "Break Free" with Zedd. Grande will also she will open the show alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, when they perform their hit song "Bang....Bang."

Other performances will include Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Usher, and more.

The Pre-show will be hosted by "Pretty Little Liars" and country music star Lucy Hale, and the list of presenters include Broadway alum and "Orange is the New Black" Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, "Dumb and Dumber To" stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, "OITNB" stars Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Kim Kardashian, Lorde, Demi Lovato, and new "The Voice" coach Gwen Stefani.

I will be live recapping the evening's festivities beginning with the Red Carpet Preshow at 8:00pm ET. So, join me here on BWW TV, and add your own reactions in the comments below, or on Twitter @BWWMatt. What nominees and performances are you most excited to watch?


VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

12:20- Ok, that's a wrap on a very odd, uneven VMAs. I don't know if it was the craziness of Miley and awesomeness of JT, but this year's edition just didn't have the memorable moments that last year did. I am sure people will be talking about Beyonce's performance, Nicki's dry-humping, and Miley's message, but it all seems like a let down compared to the expectations coming off of last year. What say you? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter.

12:15- Best Direction

Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
WINNER: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
Eminem ft. Rihanna, "The Monster"
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
OK Go, "The Writing's On The Wall"

Best Visual Effects

Disclosure, "Grab Her!"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
Eminem, "Rap God"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"
WINNER: OK Go, "The Writing's On The Wall"

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
Eminem, "Rap God"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Tyler, the Creator, "Tamale"

Best Editing

Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
WINNER: Eminem, "Rap God"
Fitz and the Tantrums, "The Walker"
MGMT, "Your Life is a Lie"
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night"

11:55- They've finally started announcing the winners of the other VMAs. As soon as they come out, I will post them.

Best Choreography

Beyoncé, "Partition"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
Kiesza, "Hideaway"
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"
WINNER: Sia, "Chandelier"
Usher, "Good Kisser"

MTV Clubland Award

Calvin Harris, "Summer"
Disclosure, "Grab Her!"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
Martin Garrix, "Animals"
WINNER: Zedd featuring Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night"

Best Video With A Social Message

Angel Haze featuring Sia, "Battle Cry"
Avicii featuring Dan Tyminski, "Hey Brother"
WINNER: Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
David Guetta, "One Voice"
J. Cole, "Crooked Smile"
Kelly Rowland, "Dirty Laundry"

Best Collaboration

Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea, "Problem"
WINNER: Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, "Loyal"
Eminem featuring Rihanna, "The Monster"
Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, "Dark Horse"
Pitbull featuring Kesha, "Timber"

11:14- And now we go back to the beginning of the show with nine awards not presented. There are no winners listed on the MTV Press Site. Did they just run out of time and decide to pretend that these awards didn't exist? I'm confused.

11:12- I think we can now put the divorce rumors to rest now. Look, I am not in Beyonce's key demographic, but there is no doubt that she can perform. Greatest living performer? I don't know about that, but she is darn good.

11:08- Kelly Rowland is sitting next to Jay Z thinking, "That should have been me."

11:04- Gotta admit, I've never seen a stained-glass dress before, so that's something.

11:02- Ok, Queen B fans, tell me what is going on. It sounds like she is saying she's not leaving Jay Z, right?

10:55- I am admittedly not as up on the Beyonce catalogue since the "Single Ladies" days, but this set is a bit of a disappointment after last year's Timberlake epic medley.

You know you are too engrossed in the world of musical theatre when Beyonce's backup dancers make you think of the costume Annaleigh Ashford wore when she performed with the Skivvies.

10:53- The amount of snark that people are throwing out on Twitter right now about Miley's surprise is pretty shocking. First we made fun of people trying to raise money for ALS, now we are incredibly cynical about someone using their platform to bring awareness to youth homelessness. Chill folks, chill.

10:47- When Miley promised a surprise during the Preshow, having a teen runaway accept her award to bring awareness to homeless youths was the furthest thing from my mind. Good for her. It's really hard to knock Miley after seeing how moved she was by Jesse's speech. Darn you Miley for having a heart and ruining my opportunity to make petty jokes.

10:45- Video of the Year

Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, "Fancy"
WINNER: Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
Sia, "Chandelier"

10:44- I love me some Jimmy Fallon.

10:42- The VMA for Best Subtle Use of a Roman Numeral in Their Set goes to Maroon "V".

10:41- MTV is a Viacom subsidiary, but now that we've had three "Voice" coaches at the VMAs, they are doing NBC a solid.

10:40- The amount of product/project placement on the VMAs is unbelievable, but unless the Dancing Hamsters show up during this Maroon 5 performance presented by Kia, I will be extremely disappointed.

10:31- Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora are dressed like they are gonna star in a really odd reimagining of "Side Show." That look Miley was giving in the middle was either enrapture, or disgust. Either way, I'm not sure the director made the right decision cutting to that camera.

10:26- I'm all for Robin Williams tributes, and I can't wait to see Billy Crystal's tomorrow night on the Emmys, but that was weird, right? Not only was it out of no where, but it was really short.



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Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Chief TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando, and serves as BWW's Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting, media relations, and journalism. He also has directed and/or produced over 30 plays and musicals, and is currently writing two plays of his own. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.



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