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Beyoncé Outshines, VMA’s Fall Flat

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Danielle MacArt, Reporter

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The Video Music Awards (VMA’s), which aired Sunday, August 24 on MTV, was two hours of boring and then 16 minutes of the always amazing Beyoncé.

The award show started off with pretty good performances by Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj. When the trio came together to sing their new hit “Bang,” however, Minaj was holding her dress together after an apparent wardrobe change malfunction. Ironically, the parts that she was trying to keep together were the parts that she normally has no problem exposing, as previously seen in her other performance just two minutes beforehand.

Next came country-turned-pop-artist Taylor Swift with the up and coming song “Shake It Off.” While her dance moves still make me cringe, Swift’s song made me want to get up and shake it, just better than Taylor.

After more insignificant events, Sam Smith’s performance of “Stay With Me” grabbed my heart and had me wishing for more of him and his style of simple performances. After an unremarkable showing by Usher and Minaj, the up and coming pop punk/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer sang a heartfelt rendition of their song “Amnesia” that reminded other artists that they are ones to look out for in the music world.

One of many things that the show lacked was a notable tribute to the recently deceased Robin Williams. The video montage to Williams–which Billboard magazine called “half baked”–featured just a couple of photos accompanied by a Coldplay song , haphazardly thrown into the show with no introduction right before they went to another long commercial. While Williams was not a music star, his popularity among this generation of MTV viewers surely should have earned him a tribute better than this.

Finally,the Video of the Year Award was presented to Miley Cyrus, who stayed back and let her plus one, a homeless man named Jesse, accept the award on her behalf in order to raise awareness about the problem of youth homelessness. While this was the most “controversial” part of the show, Cyrus showed us that controversy does not always have to be about something raunchy (although Jesse does have a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon).

In the end, however, Beyoncé showed us the reason why we ever decided to turn on the TV for the VMA’s. Her 16-minute medley of her newest album put everyone else’s performance to shame, especially since her husband, Jay-Z, and daughter, Blue, were in the audience enjoying the performance, and later even presented her with the Vanguard of the Year Award.

All in all, it was not a stellar year for the VMA’s and if you did not watch, you did not miss much. Check out the following performances, and then be glad you missed the rest:

“Break Free/Anaconda/Bang Bang”

“Shake it Off”

“Stay with Me”

“Amnesia”

Beyoncé’s Medley

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