The Absolute BEST Moments of the 2014 VMAs

The craziest awards show lived up to its name.

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1. The pre-show fashion. Slits up to here, crop tops, and super short hems all over the red carpet.

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2. When this guy in the pre-show audience won tickets to the VMAs. Best. Reaction. Ever.

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3. Katy Perry and Riff Raff's denim homage to NSYNC-era Britney and Justin.

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4. Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj's EPIC opening number.

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5. Taylor Swift's first ever live performance of her latest single, "Shake It Off".

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5. When Miley Cyrus's reaction to Taylor Swift's performance of "Shake It Off" mirrored Taylor's reaction to Miley's "We Can't Stop" performance last year.

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6. When Jay Pharoah impersonated Kanye West to a tee.

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7. Swooning to Sam Smith singing "Stay With Me"

8. The more somber moments: Common's call for a moment of silence to honor the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the heart-wrenching, tear-inducing Robin Williams memorial.

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9. Usher rocking out on guitar.

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10. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, AKA the most fabulous duo ever, on stage performing "Black Widow."

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11. Miley letting a homeless teen accept her award for Best Video Of The Year for "Wrecking Ball."

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12. Beyoncé performing song after song from her latest album with bonus home videos of Blue Ivy. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

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13. Jay Z presenting Beyoncé with her Vanguard award, shutting down ALL divorce rumors with their picturesque family love.

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Diana Pearl
Diana Pearl

Diana is a producer at ELLE.com. She previously wrote for MarieClaire.com. Diana is a Syracuse grad and a Chicago native, and therefore a pro at dealing with cold weather. She's also an Anglophile, which means she love all things British—especially Downton Abbey, London, and Will and Kate (and Prince George!)