From Nicki Minaj's booty-shaking "Anaconda" opener to Beyoncé's performance of her entire self-titled album, the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards had several notable moments, even if the ceremony didn't pack the wow factor of past shows.
Taylor Swift nearly dove off the stage during a performance of her new pop single, "Shake It Off" (but didn't).
Rapper Common asked for a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri teen killed by police.
And a homeless teenager accepted the Video of the Year award Miley Cyrus won for "Wrecking Ball," in an affecting and unexpected speech about the inordinate number of homeless youth like him in Los Angeles.
Catch up (or look back) on all the VMA highlights, including the red carpet arrivals, via the live blog below.
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