MTV VMAs 2014's 20 Best and Worst Moments

Beyoncé's stunning performance, Taylor Swift's pop breakout and more highs and lows from MTV's most outrageous night

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WORST: Jay Pharoah's Material
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Jay Pharoah at the 2014 MTV VMAs. Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV11/20

WORST: Jay Pharoah's Material

For years now, Jay Pharoah has seemed like an underutilized Saturday Night Live cast member — his impressions are always sharp and his delivery is confident. His comedy bits during last night's VMAs suggested that maybe there's a reason he's never quite broken out. When he stuck to impersonations — his Jay Z impression was uncanny, his Kanye only slightly less so — he did well. When he ventured to standard joke-telling, he lost his sparkle. A limp gag about Ariana Grande looking like jailbait was pretty much representative. He's an amazing performer, but, last night anyway, he couldn't transcend bad material.

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