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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BEST: Common's Moment of Silence
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BEST: Common's Moment of Silence

Engaging in exactly zero of the disposable banter that peppers these ceremonies, Common focused on the calls for justice and change coming in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. He mentioned hip-hop's politically minded pioneers (how great is it to hear Melle Mel's name on TV in 2014?) and held a moment of silence "for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world." Meanwhile, the "Best Video With a Social Message" award wasn't presented during the ceremony (though Beyoncé took it home for her excellent, emotionally heavy "Pretty Hurts.")

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