2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Best, Worst & Booty-Droppingest Moments

You’ve got one less problem if you chose not to tune in to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards — seeing how you missed out on misogynist podium banter, Miley Cyrus’ attempt at charitable work and an incredibly tacky “tribute” to the late Robin Williams.

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Then again, those of us who watched the full telecast have the edge when it comes to water-cooler conversation and weekend party banter. Plus, we got to see some pretty scintillating performances by Beyoncé, Jessie J and a guy who was called a “friend” by Kim Kardashian.

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Either way, you’ll want to check out our picks for the 14 Best and Worst Moments of the 2014 VMAs.

Click through the gallery below for the whole enchilada, then come back and share your thoughts on the ceremony down in the comments!

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  1. AnnieM says:

    Why does MTV even do this anymore? Do they even still play music videos?

    • bar says:

      Occasionally, but MTV stopped using “Music TV” a long time ago. MTV instead uses music in a different way, mainly by showcasing it in its original programming. I can’t tell you how many artists I’ve picked up on because their songs play in Teen Wolf, Finding Carter and Awkward.

  2. Kait says:

    1. Beyoncé. There’s no denying she’s an amazing performer and artist. And Blue Ivy being adorable. (How did she stay covered while dancing in that amazing unitard thing? Only physicists can explain how that wasn’t a tacky American apparel ad gone wrong.)
    2. How is Sam Smith not more famous? His voice tho, as they say.
    3. That Robin Williams “tribute,” while meant to be thoughtful, honestly left me just shaking my head.
    4. I still don’t want to buy a Kia Soul, go away creepy hamster men looking like the lower half of Beiber’s pants

    • bar says:

      Agree with Beyonce, Robin Williams, and definitely the Kia Soul. As for Sam Smith, he’s just TOO whiny for me. I can hear that he has an impressive voice, but listening to it is like eating an ultra-rich dessert: I can’t take it for very long at all.

      • Kait says:

        I think he needs better lyrics, less “mainstream” and repetitive, he has it in him to make it big . He can probably take some advice from Usher, maybe? I can’t think of anyone else right now

    • Steven says:

      Jessie is a really talented singer & performer. I just downloaded a few of her recent singles. Its too bad her label decided not to release anything in the US. With today’s digital and global market, I dont understand why they don’t at least release the album or single to digital stores even if they decide against a major promotional campaign. They’ve already paid for production and made the video. In the internet

    • Jay2014 says:

      Everything you posted is on point.

    • Allie says:

      Here, here!

  3. Mick says:

    Jay Z and Kelly Rowland’s faces when they realized Blue Ivy was doing the hand motions to flawless was epic.
    Nicki Minaj delivering her rap to Bang Bang despite being terrified her clothes would open.

  4. Jessie J was without a doubt the breakout of the night and I am sorry to say this since I am a fan but I was so let down by Beyonce’s performance. Especially since she was accepting the most prestigious award of the night. Now last year when Justin Timberlake accepted the award, now that was a performance worth watching. But whatever I am probably going to get ransacked with a bunch of replies and all I can say to end this is witha little help from Taylor Swift, Shake It Off.

  5. karen says:

    Heartfelt tribute? We don’t even know what really happened in Ferguson because all of the facts of the case are not yet in evidence. But we do know what happened to journalist James Foley. We do know what happened to General Greene in Afghanistan. How about a heartfelt tribute to real American heroes? I cringe when pop culture assumes facts not in evidence and then steps all over due process and the presumption of innocence.

    • Kevin H. says:

      Blah, blah, blah– shut up now.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Couldnt agree more. With the Travon killing at least that had some weight to it, but very well possible (as evidence is starting to come to light as are some witnesses but i hold my opinion for the facts and scientific evidence) that Michael Brown robbed a store, was walking down the middle of a street blocking traffic, and hit the cop, went for his gun, ran, Cop yelled at him, he turned around and bum rushed the cop. Im not saying that DID happen, but its possible, so to put him (Brown) up so early as someone to have a moment of silence for? Really? Why not James Foley? Why not General Greene? etc.

  6. Aha says:

    Justin Timberlake had a much better performance last year but I think it is because Beyonce already did the whole medley with the super bowl. Either way the performance was boring because of the songs. I felt that it wasn’t a strong way to close the show and the homeless guy should of ended it.

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  8. AdamJ says:

    Its official MTV, the VMA’s and about 80% of the music industry are nothing more then a soft core porn channel.

    • ChrissieK says:

      Thank you! Agree 100%. What is with all this skin having to show? Take me back to the 60s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jack says:

        LOL! The sixties? Yeah were free sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll ruled. You old timers are such hypocrites.

        • Temperance says:

          It’s not hypocritical to expect a touch of taste and, well, actual talent instead of trying to distract people from the obvious lack of talent with pasties and a corset and little else.

  9. TV Gord says:

    I realize Miley is trying to rehabilitate her image beyond her fan-base, but I give her credit for yielding the spotlight to an important cause. She didn’t have to do it, and she could have chosen a much less deserving cause, but she actually made people (even in the crowd) stop and think for a moment. For me, it made sitting through this entire awards show worthwhile.

    • Mary says:

      I have to agree. Miley is not one of my favorites and to be honest I was a little cynical at first but that speech was so heartfelt and it shed some light on the reality of so many trying to make it in the entertainment business. Reality check not all of Hollywood is glitz and glitter.

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  10. analog says:

    MTV VMAs – the one day MTV pretends to care about music.

  11. Steven says:

    I love how theres a picon tTwitter where Kim met Sam a month ago & now she claims he’s her “friend ‘.. Why do people keep giving them all this attention. Its a music show & we had how many cut-aways to the sisters. Just craziness. Enough of obvious lip synching. Give me true talent like Sam, who like Adele, can just stand and sing live without distractions, gimmicks, Pyro, dancers etc. NOTE TO GRAMMYS-YOURE CRAZY IF YOU DONT BOOK A ADELE /SAM DUET. and nicki has proven less talented. She lip synced everything but I wouldn’t even call what she did as singing. Its all about exploiting her tits and ass. Ariana & jessie at least showed they have real pipes

  12. Michele says:

    Glad I wasn’t the only one questioning Lorde winning Best Rock Video. Thought maybe the definition of Rock had changed. I loved the opening with Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J though.

  13. Boiler says:

    This isn’t about the show but happened to see a few red carpet pics. Many of these ladies got totally ripped off by their designers

  14. stacey says:

    “Miley Cyrus attempt at charity work” my thought exactly. If she wants to spread awareness about teen homelessness then perhaps start by spending a day or week in their shoes living in a cardboard shanty town. Then perhaps partner with organizations and do PSAs. And lastly, invite those organizations and homeless teens to her concerts for a pre-concert expo of sort. All of those marketing efforts will get more notice and raise attention than a 3 minute speech at a podium followed by a buried lede on the next days news

  15. Allison says:

    Best Moment: Jessie J, baby, Jessie J!!!
    Worst Moment: If I say something negative, the comment will either not post or will be deleted later.