VMAs' Top Moments: Miley's Homeless Man, Beyonce, More

Blue Ivy Carter wins hearts at MTV awards show
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2014 7:30 AM CDT
VMAs' Top Moments: Miley's Homeless Man, Beyonce, More
Beyonce on stage hugs 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, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Miley Cyrus is once again making headlines after the MTV Video Music Awards, but this time the focus is rather different. The singer won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," and she used the opportunity to draw attention to the plight of homeless people, USA Today reports. A homeless man named Jesse took the mic to accept the award "on behalf of the 1.6 million homeless youth." In other VMA highlights:

  • Blue Ivy Carter, for many, stole the show. In the audience, sitting in Jay-Z's lap, she danced along to Beyonce's performance. Then she and Jay Z presented her mom with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. "Yeah, Mommy," Blue Ivy said into the mic, per USA Today.

  • The event came amid rumored trouble between Beyonce and Jay, but their onstage family moment didn't betray any trouble. Beyonce was clearly emotional, US Weekly notes, kissing her daughter and husband. "Blue, I love you, my beloved, I love you, my fans, I love you, MTV, I love you," she said.
  • Nicki Minaj, who was front and center for much of the show, suffered a wardrobe malfunction at one point: Her dress didn't seem to be entirely ready when she arrived onstage to perform with Jessie J. "We ran out of time to get the dress zipped up," she says, per People. But she kept it together—literally—by holding on to it.
  • Common offered a message to Ferguson and the rest of the world: "The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters," he said. He called for a moment of silence for "Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world," USA Today reports. The Kardashian clan was busily texting through the whole thing, notes the New York Daily News.
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