Female artists gleefully dominate the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

One thing is for sure about the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. It was the year of the woman. The ladies dominated in categories and musical numbers, which culminated in the Vanguard Award being presented to Beyoncé. An unprecedented amount of collaboration between female artists occurred and hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come. Here are some of the highlights from last night’s epic show.

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked off the show with a massive opener, “Bang Bang.” We even got a little taste of Minaj’s song “Anaconda,” and as far as I could tell, no one got bitten during the live show. Minaj did however, get a little personal with one of her back up dancers. Alas, the brief pas de deux was about as sapphic as the show got. Minaj appeared to have a bit of a wardrobe malfunction with her custom change, but held her dress tightly as she continued on without missing a beat.

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Everyone’s favorite goth-songstress Lorde introduced her good friend Taylor Swift. Swift took the stage in silver fringed hot pants and performed her new number “Shake it Off. ” While Swift is normally behind a piano or guitar, she seems pretty comfortable leading a big dance number. She even added her signature cheeky sense of humor by refusing to jump into the waiting arms of the male dancers below, opting to take the stairs.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Roaming Show

Kim Kardashian, wearing a plunging poncho, introduced newcomer Sam Smith. Smith, who is openly gay, sang his plaintive ballad, “Stay With Me.” Even in the cavernous hall with thousands of screaming fans, his soaring falsetto hit all the right notes and gave us all the feels.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Roaming Show

Uzo Abuba, Taylor Schilling and Laverne Cox, descended from the heavens to introduce a number by Nicki Minaj and Usher. Uzo went full on Crazy Eyes in her intro, much to the delight of the VMA audience.

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