The Carter-Knowles on stage: Blue Ivy with happy parents Jay Z and Beyonce. Image: AKM-GSI/Splash News/Corbis
Held on August 24, 2014, the 2014 MTV VMAs (Video Music Awards) may now be done and dusted but these unforgettable moments will surely live on, in memes at least for a week or so.
1. Lorde’s “adorkable” speech
She may have been just a bit frazzled on stage, while receiving her award for Best Rock Video. But this New Zealand cutie just won the hearts of anyone who has had to make a nerve-ridden speech.
2. Nicki Minaj saving her dress in style
What nip-slip? The singer gave a masterclass on how to handle a wardrobe malfunction, while still dancing and singing on stage.
3. That “Shake it Off” moment
Taylor Swift took to the stage to perform her new single live for the first time; and busting out the dance moves that any Swiftie, your sister and everybody else, will now be doing.
4. Miley Cyrus blanking out
Not everyone is as impressed by Taylor Swift; could this be a refute to last year’s Blurred Lines performance?
5. Taylor Swift’s “Para Para” moment
At least someone else in the audience is having fun.
6. Katy Perry dancing in denim
Proving that you can move it even while in clingy denim, in the style of Britney Spears too.
7. Rita Ora’s can’t-take-this face
Were you as hypnotised(?) as her while watching Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” performance, or just head-bopping along like fashion designer Jeremy Scott (left)?
8. Miley Cyrus crying, not twerking
This needs a bit of context: The star sent up a formerly homeless youth, simply identified as Jesse, on her behalf to receive her award for “Wrecking Ball”, and was moved to tears by his speech. She also took this chance to help spread the word and help raise funds for My Friend’s Place, a homeless centre in Hollywood.
9. This great Beyonce moment on stage
Speaking of standing up for your cause, look no further than to Queen Bey’s “Flawless” performance. Here’s one of the many GIFs that you can save and reuse, endlessly.
10. That smooch
Plus more so-cute-we’re-squealing moments from Mrs. Carter and family.
Even daddy Jay Z can’t believe just how cute his kid is.