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What marriage crisis? Jay-z's awards show of love for beyonce


Beyonce celebrates award with Jay-Z and their daughter. Photo: AP

Beyonce celebrates award with Jay-Z and their daughter. Photo: AP

Beyonce celebrates award with Jay-Z and their daughter. Photo: AP

rumours about her marriage might persist, but Beyonce showed she's still the reigning queen of the MTV Video Music Awards as the diva closed this year's show with a nearly 20-
minute performance.

Tears streamed down her face as she was joined on stage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumours surrounding her marriage.

Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay-Z watched from their seats at The Forum in California as the diva declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."

As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, the VMA's version of a lifetime achievement award, she kissed her daughter and husband, who called her the "greatest living entertainer".

The duo won best collaboration for the hit Drunk In Love.

"I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude," she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.

Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year which went to Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly on stage.

"Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people," he said, as a teary Cyrus looked on.

Taylor Swift was a crowd favourite when she performed her new single Shake It Off in shimmery, fringed shorts and a crop top. Ariana Grande kicked off the sho w with a performance of her hit Break Free in a Beyonce-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 Dark Horse.

Lorde won best rock video for Royals and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smouldering performance of his hit Stay With Me.

Iggy Azalea and Ora appeared on stage as spider women when they performed their hit Black Widow as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and sang along.