Bow down: Beyoncé was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance.
Beyoncé sang and danced in a metallic leotard while daughter Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats.
As Beyoncé accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and her husband, Jay Z.
Her performance easily outdid that of her competition throughout the night, though Beyoncé lost video of the year, which instead went to a teary Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award for video of the year. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.
The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: the most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking during her performance of “Anaconda” in the show's first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for “Bang, Bang.”
Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, “Break Free” in a Beyoncé-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single “Problem,” but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for the hit “Dark Horse.”
Lorde won best rock video for “Royals” and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit “Stay With Me.”