Last night, MTV aired it’s 2014 Video Music Awards, which included performances by Nicki Minaj, Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, and, of course, Beyonce. Obviously, Beyonce stole the show with her visual album medley and her acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but, then again, there wasn’t much to steal in the first place. To be perfectly honest, the entire show felt poorly planned and thrown together with the exception of Queen Bey’s performance, which came with backup dancers, props, special lighting, and perfect sound. All I can say is thank God for good fashion, even though that itself was scarce.
When it comes to Beyonce, her black red carpet gown wasn’t doing it for me, but she redeemed herself with her stained glass inspired long sleeved leotard. Paired with black fishnet tights and flowing locks, the R&B goddess stuck with her signature style, while still keeping her look fresh and appealing. Of all the performance outfits, Beyonce comes in first place.
Besides Beyonce’s moment, Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Anaconda” didn’t disappoint, while Jessie J and Ariana Grande held their own, as well. However, Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction left me feeling so bad for the Queen of Rap that I couldn’t full enjoy the trio performance. Her on stage dress had so much potential to be great, but a broken zipper can put a damper on any outfit. Luckily though, Ms. Minaj slayed the red carpet in a snakeskin print YSL mini, which was the perfect combination of classy, sexy, and modern. Not to mention, Nicki’s hair and make-up was perfectly on point. Minaj comes in second for best performance, but first for showmanship and red carpet look.
Rounding off my favorite overall looks is the youngest of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians sister, Kylie Jenner. She showed out in a black robe style dress with a sexy slit. With all of the black leather that was happening on the carpet, Kylie still managed to stand out, which is impressive on its own. She kept it a black on black affair by pairing the flowing dress with black peep toe heels and black nails. Yes, it was a little gothic inspired, but it was definitely a killer on the carpet.
Some other looks that caught my attention were that of Jessie J, Iggy Azalea, and Jennifer Lopez. Jessie J came through in a pastel flowing dress, reminiscent of the Ancient Greek and Roman years, which I loved. Her deep V showed some sex appeal, but, I also felt like every other woman on the red carpet was rocking that same hairstyle. Being the VMAs, I expected something a little more daring overall from the songstress.
Iggy and J-Lo both wore silver, doing their best to sparkle on the carpet, but they both fell just short of my best dressed list. Iggy’s dress was nice, which included some cut outs and geometric lines, but I wasn’t feeling the combination of her dress with her hair and make-up choice. I feel like she could’ve done better.
As for Jennifer Lopez, there was nothing wrong with this dress and I feel like it would’ve suited her perfectly ten years ago. Now, there’s no denying Jennifer is a beautiful woman with a slamming body, which she should be proud of, but, at the same time, she’s also a mother of two and is 45. I think it’s about time Jennifer starts maturing her style, rather than picking the shiniest dress with the biggest slit and the most cut outs. I feel like, with this dress, Jennifer wasn’t trying to say “I’m a successful style icon,” but instead “I’m newly single.” I just can’t support that message.