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By Reuters | Aug 25, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 46 ]

  • Nicki Minaj (on floor) performs "Anaconda" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande perform "Bang Bang" on stage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Beyonce (C) performs a medley of songs during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Jay-Z presents the Video Vanguard Award to Beyonce as he holds their daughter Ivy Blue during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose pose as they arrive at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Solange Knowles arrives at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Singers Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo arrive at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Singer Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Taylor Swift arrives at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Snoop Dogg and Miley Cyrus pose for pictures at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Jennifer Lopez arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Katy Perry accepts the award for best female video for "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J (L) during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Iggy Azalea arrives at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Kelly Rowland arrives at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Model Kendall Jenner, TV personalities Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner arrive at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

  • Rita Ora arrives at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards in Inglewood, California. REUTERS

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With some twerking and shaking, the leading ladies of pop music dominated the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday as raunchy performances opened the show, while Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran took home the first Moonman awards.

Miley Cyrus, who set tongues wagging last year with her raunchy "twerking" during her VMAs performance, said on the red carpet this year that she "retired" her grinding explicit dance moves, adding "It's not about twerking, it's about the music."

But while Cyrus has retired the twerk, rapper Nicki Minaj brought her rump-grinding to kick off the show with hip hop song "Anaconda," scantily-clad and twerking against a jungle-themed backdrop.

Since launching in 1984, Viacom-owned MTV's VMAs have become synonymous with irreverence and unscripted moments that have become part of music history. While Beyonce and Iggy Azalea lead the nominees with eight nods each on Sunday, all eyes were on whoever delivered the most outrageous planned or unplanned stunt.

Pop singer Ariana Grande led a dance-filled rendition of "Break Free" on an outer space-themed stage, before joining Minaj and British singer Jessie J for "Bang Bang."

"I liked it, there were a lot of body parts everywhere," Sheeran said backstage about the opening performance.

Taylor Swift debuted her upbeat first single "Shake It Off" from her upcoming pop album "1989," dressed in a sequined crop top and shorts and surrounded by men in tuxedos.

In stark comparison to the over-the-top performances by the ladies of pop on the VMAs stage, British newcomer Sam Smith used a bare set to showcase his voice on his hit "Stay With Me."

Early winners of the fan-voted Moonman awards included Perry - dressed in a denim dress as a throwback to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's American Music Awards denim outfits in 2001 - for the Cleopatra-themed music video for "Dark Horse."

"We put a lot of time, effort and hard work into this song," Perry said, thanking her fans, known as the "Katy kats."

Sheeran picked up the best male video Moonman for "Sing," Lorde won best rock video for her breakout indie hit "Royals," and Grande won best pop video for "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea.

Grande, 21, who will be releasing her latest album "My Everything" in conjunction with the VMAs, thanked MTV "for supporting my music."

Amid all the playfulness, rapper Common took a moment to pay tribute to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, who have taken to the streets over the past week protesting the shooting of 18-year-old black youth Michael Brown by a police officer. Common concluded by telling people to "spread love."

Sunday's awards ceremony was overshadowed by violence at an unofficial pre-VMA party at a Los Angeles nightclub, where three people including hip hop mogul Suge Knight were shot and wounded. MTV said it had no affiliation with the event.

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Shredder

Pic 1 - Boaka fela. Agg, ke seaka se bareng Nicky Minaj. I saw her video on Youtube, boaka fela.

Aug 25, 2014 10:0 | 1 replies
Aug 25, 2014 10:0 | 0 replies

ytieduniS

Best "rock" video - royals. Do the idjits even know what rock is? Should be the "MTV who paid the most to have their videos played the most awards".

Aug 25, 2014 10:2 | 0 replies

Dubulaamanzi

Pic 10 Skwamasamabele and his white girlfriend! pic 16 Waiting for pervert comments!

Aug 25, 2014 10:3 | 1 replies

Shredder

LOL. Uyamsukela angithi!

Aug 25, 2014 10:7 | 1 replies

Dubulaamanzi

Hehe hope he does not see this!how are you?

Aug 25, 2014 10:10 | 1 replies

Shredder

I am well and you my brother?

Aug 25, 2014 10:17 | 1 replies

Ruralgirl

Ke tla go batlela mosadi yo o aparang jaaka o mo pic 13 autlwa....o montle...wa itlhompha! heheehe

Aug 25, 2014 10:43 | 1 replies

Shredder

Nice curves!!

Aug 25, 2014 10:55 | 0 replies

Dankie2

Ppl get old but J Lo gets hotter evry year!! My n!gg@ Snoop Dogg,hate your name image homeboy!! moer Nicky bathong!!!

Aug 25, 2014 10:20 | 0 replies

Dankie2

Wiz Khailfa has b@llz letting his wife leave the house dressing like that!! Only in the US OF A !!!

Aug 25, 2014 10:21 | 0 replies

MommaC

Is it only me or, is the quantity of skankiness directly proportional to the lack of talent?

Aug 25, 2014 10:30 | 1 replies

Guptanistan1

although Swift amongst this lot oozes talent, and am a little bit disappointed that she will objectify herself like this, anyway apparently these girls have to be naked in order to be noticed. Gone are the days of the real music, with guys like Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Whitney, now its flogging the butt and boobs, notice how the guys are well dressed, and we women wonder why we are first seen as sex and paid according our sexuality,

Aug 25, 2014 11:56 | 3 replies

Shredder

" now its flogging the butt and boobs, notice how the guys are well dressed,"
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I am glad this point is being raised by a woman. I once raised and some feminists wanted to bite my head off. Why do women portray themselves as sex objects and when they are treated as such, they complain?

Aug 25, 2014 12:10 | 1 replies

Guptanistan1

Shredder you know that I am hard core feminist, but this behaviour makes our argument sound ridiculous, I am sure when women shout, gender equality, men are secretly laughing and say, 'if you say so babes', I mean after portraying oneself as a sex object why shouldn't they be seen and treated as such?

Aug 25, 2014 1:3 | 0 replies

Shredder

" now its flogging the butt and boobs, notice how the guys are well dressed,"
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I am glad this point is being raised by a woman. I once raised andsome feminists wanted to bite my head off. Why do women portray themselves as sex objects and when they are treated as such, they complain?

Aug 25, 2014 12:10 | 0 replies

MommaC

Video killed the radio star :) I do miss the days when the quality of the music was how we measured talent. Aretha Franklin never had to be outlandish or skanky to sell a record - she just sang like an angel. In today's superficial culture, she would probably never have got a record contract to start with

Aug 25, 2014 12:12 | 0 replies

Ratadilo

Nicki Minaj needs help now......and the rest nuff said

Aug 25, 2014 10:34 | 1 replies

Guptanistan1

for stating obvious truth the pervs will on your case and accuse you of being jealous, Nicky and her kind is the type of black women who are give material for black women's bodies to be monkeyed about, she ONLY ever displays her grotesque butt and over the top sexual innuedos, why can't she be honest and just join the porn industry, cause what she does fits perfect there, and stop pretending to be a singer...

Aug 25, 2014 11:54 | 0 replies

Ruralgirl

Wiz and Amber??? Iyho! gape Amberis just naked! haaaiiik!

Aug 25, 2014 10:36 | 1 replies
Aug 25, 2014 11:48 | 0 replies

Ruralgirl

Aowaaaa.....Solange? What are you wearing? It doesn't sit nicely....

Aug 25, 2014 10:38 | 0 replies

Ruralgirl

Now Iggy - pic 13...that is stunning!!!!!!!

Aug 25, 2014 10:41 | 0 replies

Dandan

Pic 16 the old woman can retire now its enough

Aug 25, 2014 11:0 | 0 replies