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Beyonce reveals her pregnancy at the VMAs. (Aug.

Beyonce reveals her pregnancy at the VMAs. (Aug. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

MTV's Video Music Awards are certainly known for their surprises and last night's show definitely had its share – from Lady Gaga appearing in drag all night to the unscheduled appearance of The Throne, aka Jay-Z and Kanye West, performing “Otis.”

But Beyonce trumped them all last night, even before taking the stage, by confirming that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child. How could that not be the biggest moment of the night? It doesn't hurt that B's stylish, jazzy "Love on Top" is one of her album "4"'s best tracks.

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Here are the others:

2. Adele, “Someone Like You”: In an evening known for its glitz and over-the-top performances, Miss Adele was clearly the center of attention with her gorgeous, stripped-down version of the ballad. It was just her, her beautiful voice and a piano and that was more potent than a million Chris Browns jumping around for no reason. This isn't what the VMAs about any more, but maybe it should be. And good on Adele for sticking to her guns and being true to herself.

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3. The Throne, “Otis”: It was a pretty loosely kept secret that Jay and 'Ye would be performing at the VMAs, but they still managed to shock with a surprisingly impassioned performance of “Otis,” backed only by the Otis Redding-sample and a whole lot of fire and smoke. They impressed with their flow and their talent and left us all breathless at the end.

4. Lady Gaga, “You and I”: Look, I'm not gonna lie. I don't get her Jo Calderone character at all. Part Andrew Dice Clay, part Andy Kaufman, part “Jersey Shore” dude, I know she's playing with gender roles and celebrity relationships, but, um, why? In any case, her delivery on the power ballad was very clear and became even more massive when she brought Brian May from Queen out to deliver the guitar solo.

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5. Bruno Mars, “Valerie”: The tribute to Amy Winehouse was actually kind of lovely, between Russell Brand's eloquent explanation of how Winehouse was a genius who suffered from alcoholism and Tony Bennett's loving cosign on her talent. But Mars' upbeat version of the retro “Valerie” and his call-and-response of “We love you, Amy” actually worked as a celebration of her life. After all, though there were plenty of amazing songs in her catalog, there were very few upbeat, positive songs – perhaps further confirmation of Brand's assessment of her life. Rest in peace, Amy.

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