VMAs' Top Moments: Miley's Homeless Man, Beyonce, More

Blue Ivy Carter wins hearts at MTV awards show

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 25, 2014 7:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Miley Cyrus is once again making headlines after the MTV Video Music Awards, but this time the focus is rather different. The singer won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," and she used the opportunity to draw attention to the plight of homeless people, USA Today reports. A homeless man named Jesse took the mic to accept the award "on behalf of the 1.6 million homeless youth." In other VMA highlights:

  • Blue Ivy Carter, for many, stole the show. In the audience, sitting in Jay-Z's lap, she danced along to Beyonce's performance. Then she and Jay Z presented her mom with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. "Yeah, Mommy," Blue Ivy said into the mic, per USA Today.

  • The event came amid rumored trouble between Beyonce and Jay, but their onstage family moment didn't betray any trouble. Beyonce was clearly emotional, US Weekly notes, kissing her daughter and husband. "Blue, I love you, my beloved, I love you, my fans, I love you, MTV, I love you," she said.
  • Nicki Minaj, who was front and center for much of the show, suffered a wardrobe malfunction at one point: Her dress didn't seem to be entirely ready when she arrived onstage to perform with Jessie J. "We ran out of time to get the dress zipped up," she says, per People. But she kept it together—literally—by holding on to it.
  • Common offered a message to Ferguson and the rest of the world: "The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters," he said. He called for a moment of silence for "Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world," USA Today reports. The Kardashian clan was busily texting through the whole thing, notes the New York Daily News.

Beyonce on stage hugs Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.
Beyonce on stage hugs Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.
Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.
Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Beyonce performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.
Beyonce performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Beyonce hugs Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Beyonce hugs Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Riff Raff, left, and Katy Perry arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Riff Raff, left, and Katy Perry arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sam Smith performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.
Sam Smith performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Jim Carrey, left, and Jeff Daniels present the award for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Jim Carrey, left, and Jeff Daniels present the award for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Miley Cyrus accepts the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Miley Cyrus accepts the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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