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RCA's Miley Cyrus goes home with the Video of the Year award and Columbia's Queen Bey is honored as a Video Vanguard.
31ST ANNUAL MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS:
THE WINNERS AND MORE
A Rundown on Moonman’s Big Night
MTV rolled out the red carpet at L.A.’s Fabulous Forum for the 31st annual Video Music Awards. Miley, Katy, Ariana and Lorde were among the winners, and Beyoncé, Sam Smith, the "Bang Bang" girls, Iggy/Rita, 5SOS, Taylor and Nicki, among others, threw down onstage.

There were tears, laughs, twerks, movie tie-ins, a wardrobe malfunction and lots of reaction shots. In other words, pretty much what you'd expect at the VMAs. You can watch the whole thing on MTV's site, here. A full list of winners appears below.

Miley send a young, formerly homeless man, Jesse, to accept her Video of the Year award for "Wrecking Ball." Jesse spoke to the many difficulties faced by homeless youth, who are aided by Cyrus' nonprofit. My Friend's Place. Cyrus looked on from the audience, clearly moved.

Before awarding the Hip-Hop Video trophy to Drake, Common took a moment to pay his respects to the victims of violence in Ferguson, MI, mentioning how they have used their voices to call for justice.

With Smith the noteworthy exception, the evening was dominated by divas, both on stage and in the crowd. As Katy Perry noted when receiving her award for "Dark Horse," "This year, the ladies are taking over."

Before the official ceremony, Fifth Harmony performed "Bo$$" on the red carpet to a sea of screaming fans, followed by a performance of "Boom Clap" by Charli XCX.

Austin Mahone arrived in a party bus, while Capitol's Perry drove up to the carpet in a golden Lamborghini. Perry and her date Riff Raff donned all-denim ensembles in rememberance of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake circa 2001 at the American Music Awards.

Republic's Ariana Grande kicked off the show, stepping out of a spaceship coated in crystals for "Break Free" f/Zedd. YMCMB/Republic's Nicki Minaj then launched a twerk-a-delic performance of "Anaconda," complete with a jungle-themed set and twerking dancers in snake costumes.

The divas were then joined by labelmate Jessie J for "Bang Bang." Nicki was a trouper during the latter song, despite having to hold her dress together due to an apparent wardrobe malfunction.

Later, Grande seemed genuinely stunned as she hugged manager Scooter Braun and scurried onstage to collect her Best Pop Video trophy for "Problem."

Taylor Swift performed new pop anthem "Shake It Off," and almost jumped off a giant platfrom, which appropriately read "1989," and into the arms of a group of suit-and-tied young men, but decided against it in a breathless monologue.

Sam Smith delivered a stunning performance of "Stay With Me." The reactions of stars in the audience, including Kim Kardashian, who introduced him (and referred to him as "my friend"), to J. Lo in the front row, underscored how much everybody is rooting for Smith, and how directly he connects with each listener.

Despite the forlorn content of the song, the breakout singer couldn't suppress a smile as he tossed a few churchy filigrees into the song's finale. He's arrived.

OITNB’s Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox introduced Usher, who performed "She Came to Give It to You."

Capitol's 5 Seconds of Summer had pre-pubescents around the world fainting from overactive hormones with their pop/rock performance of "Amnesia," off their debut, self-titled chart-topper.

Grand Hustle/Def Jam's Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora wove witchy webs with a dark and enticing performance of "Black Widow."

Interscope's Maroon 5 performed their current smash, "Maps," on an outdoor stage to a massive seperate audience.
 

Queen Beyoncé's performance, over 15 minutes long, stitched together tracks from her 2013 sneak-attack album, including "Mine," "Haunted," "Blow," "Drunk in Love," "Rocket," "Partition," "Yonce," "Bow Down," "Flawless," Blue" and "XO," which she dedicated to "all her incredible fans."

Her emotionally charged mini-set was greeted with a thunderous ovation, and then the Video Vanguard Award was presented to her by Jay Z and their daughter, Blue, in another cathartic moment. And that was the end of the broadcast.

THE WINNERS

Video of the Year
"Wrecking Ball," Miley Cyrus

Best Lyric Video
"Don’t Stop," 5 Seconds of Summer

Best Female Video
"Dark Horse," Katy Perry f/Juicy J

Best Male Video
"Sing," Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Video
"Problem," Ariana Grande f/Iggy Azalea

Best Hip-Hop Video
"Hold On (We’re Going Home)," Drake f/Majid Jordan

Best Rock Video
"Royals," Lorde

Best Choreography
"Chandelier," Sia

Artist to Watch
"Miss Movin On," Fifth Harmony

Best Collaboration
"Drunk in Love," Beyonce f/Jay Z

Best Direction
"Turn Down for What," DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Best Video With a Social Message

"Pretty Hurts," Beyonce

Best Art Direction
"Reflektor," Arcade Fire

Best Editing
"Rap God," Eminem

Best Cinematography
"Pretty Hurts," Beyonce

Best Visual Effects

"The Writing's on the Wall," Ok Go

MTV Clubland Award

"Stay the Night," Zedd f/Hayley Williams

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