Did you know that Arcade Fire won an award at the MTV Video Music Awards, or that Beyoncé won three Moonmen in addition to her Video Vanguard Award? Probably not. Even though MTV wrapped up the ceremony 15 minutes early – ample time to give out more Moonmen – the “Awards” portion of the Video Music Awards were an afterthought. While the broadcast only focused on the results of seven categories, it was revealed post-show that Eminem, OK Go and DJ Snake with Lil Jon also scooped up VMAs.
Arcade Fire – who were across the country performing with surprise guest David Byrne at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (home of last year’s VMAs) – scored the Moonman for Best Art Direction for their video “Reflektor.” It’s the band’s first Video Music Award, and it’ll look nice on the mantle next to the Album of the Year Grammy and all those Juno Awards.
Beyoncé took home three VMAs: Best Video With a Social Message and Best Cinematography for “Pretty Hurts” and Best Collaboration for “Drunk In Love” with Jay Z. Eminem’s “Rap God” received Best Editing, those clever dudes in OK Go were a no-brainer for the Best Visual Effects prize and DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s head-banging (literally) “Turn Down For What” music video secured Best Direction for the filmmaking duo The Daniels (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert).
Of the five Video of the Year award nominees, only Pharrell Williams and his “Happy” went home empty-handed. Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” took the big award itself (followed by an acceptance speech delivered by a homeless person), Beyoncé won her three VMAs plus executed a perfect Video Vanguard performance, Sia’s “Chandelier” scored Best Choreography and even Iggy Azalea, nominated for “Fancy,” had a partial claim to Ariana Grande‘s Best Female Video win for their “Problem.”
Here’s your full list of 2014 Video Music Award winners:
Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Best Hip Hop: Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Best Male: Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Best Female: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Best Pop: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Best Rock: Lorde – “Royals”
MTV Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”
Best Collaboration: Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Best Video With a Social Message: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Best Cinematography: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Best Editing: Eminem – “Rap God”
Best Choreography: Sia – “Chandelier”
Best Direction : DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Best Visual Effects: OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop”
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Beyoncé