2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Conference 2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: 2013 Moonman designed by artist KAWS on display during a press conference for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this year’s “Video Music Awards” will mark the 30th anniversary of the show and become the first major annual award show to take place in the borough of Brooklyn. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

What We Wish Happened at the 2014 MTV VMAs

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Last night’s 2o14 MTV Video Music Awards wasn’t a total snoozefest. The show began and ended with a bang as Ariana Grande, Jessie James and Nicki Minaj (and her wardrobe malfunction) kicked off the show while Beyonce ended things off with her medley performance of songs from her latest album. There were some good moments, like Common’s ode to Ferguson and Miley Cyrus’ effort to raise awareness about homeless youth, but there were some moments that could have been better. Here’s what we wish happened at last night’s VMAs.

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A more compelling Robin Williams tribute was expected. Maybe having a celebrity who has a big fan of his give a heartfelt speech or a fellow well known comic who was close to Williams reminisce about their friendship and talk about his impact would have sufficed. The slideshow was not enough.

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After being presented with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award hubby Jay Z and Blue Ivy, it was obvious was full of joy. After performing a medley of tracks from her self titled album we were all anticipating her speech. Unfortunately, her speech was about 30 seconds. We barely hear from Bey and it was a bit of a disappointment to only hear her say 10 words.

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Chris Brown was in attendance but was quite underutilized. Seeing him perform a snippet of his new track from his highly anticipated, X, and then go into the song of the summer “Loyal” would have infused the VMA turn-up. He didn’t even present an award. Note to MTV: If Chris Brown is in the vicinity, put him on the stage!

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Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated song “Happy” was everyone’s favorite and had a massive impact on pop culture but sadly did not receive a Moonman during last night’s festivities. Pharrell was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Male Video and Best Pop Video and was beat by Ed Sheeran and Miley Cyrus.

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jay pharoah VMAs

Jay Pharoah was the resident comic for the night but was not well received by the audience. As he performed Jay Z and Kanye (struggle) impersonations while reminding people to vote for the Artist to Watch,  he was able to get a few chuckles out of the crowd but his overall response was lukewarm. Let’s hope he comes with some better jokes next year (if they invite him back that is).

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usher VMAs

ICYMI, this year is the 10th anniversary of Usher’s 2004 hit album Confessions and the 20th anniversary of his self titled debut album. It’s necessary to promote new music but a nice little medley would have been a sweet surprise.

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