That was fast, but the recently-concluded 2014 VMA was another one for pop culture’s books!

2014 MTV VMAs logo

1. ARIANA + JESSIE + NICKI BANG IT UP!

Current mainstream darlings Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj gave fans a performance to remember as they stunned the world with “Bang Bang” as the awards show’s opener!

Bang Bang MTV VMAs performance

2. QUEEN BEY REALLY IS QUEEN

VMA gave a fitting tribute to queen Beyonce‘s illustrious career by having hubby Jay-Z and Blue Ivy hand over the Video Vanguard Award to her, right after performing her entire album!

Jay-Z and Blue Ivy hand over trophy to Bey at MTV VMAs

3. MILEY’S DATE CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL

Miley’s new man? Nope, that’s Jesse, one of the beneficiaries of myfriendsplace.org — an organization devoted helping out the homeless. He accepted the singer’s award for Video of the Year, a class act in itself.

Miley Cyrus accepts award with homeless French man

4. NICKI’S ANACONDA POPS OUT

As if the raunchy video wasn’t enough, Nicki goes on and sings her controversial single “Anaconda” — and dances to it too! Her ‘anaconda’ almost popped out, but thankfully, the malfunction was reversed.

Nicki Minaj pops out her anaconda on MTV VMAs

5. FIFTH HARMONY SCORES A VMA WIN

Fifth Harmony’s fate is sealed: they are now certified moonman winners of the Artist to Watch award, alongside the likes of Lorde, Katy Perry, and Drake. Talk about one good harmony!

Fifth Harmony wins at MTV VMA 2014

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