Beyonce and Jay-Z’s offspring doesn’t even have a name yet, but it was the indisputable breakout star of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, upstaging everyone, even Katy Perry’s win for video of the year. Perry, who had the most nominations coming into the show with 10, came away with three moonman trophies, including video of the year for the inspirational clip “Firework.”
But the night’s big news came from Beyonce, who stole the show before it even began when she revealed that she is pregnant. Beyonce didn’t utter a word about the pregnancy, but ended the number by taking off her jacket and rubbing her swollen belly; in the audience, an elated Jay-Z hooted and clapped for his wife as Kanye West hugged him.
Britney Spears captured the night’s first award, for best pop video, for ‘Till The World’s End’, and later was honored with an MTV Video Vanguard award for her visual legacy. A group of children dressed in many of her costumes performed for the audience.
Lady Gaga appeared as alter-ego Jo Calderone and sang ‘You And I’. She won the Female Video and Video with a Message awards for ‘Born This Way’.
British singer Adele sang ‘Someone Like You’ and won awards for Cinematography, Art Direction and Editing for ‘Rolling In The Deep’.
Russell Brand provided the evening’s rare poignant moment during a tribute to his late friend, Amy Winehouse, who died a month ago. Moments later, Bruno Mars sang one of her hits, “Valerie,” but closed the song out with the refrain, “Amy, we’ll miss you baby”.
Full list of winners
Pop Music Video: Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends.”
Rock video: Foo Fighters, “Walk.”
Hip-hop video: Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass.”
Collaboration: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Male video: Justin Bieber, “U Smile.”
Female video: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.”
Video with a message: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.”
Choreography: Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls).”
Editing: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Special effects: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”
Cinematography: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Art direction: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”
Direction: Beastie Boys, “Make Some Noise.”
Best new artist: Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers.”
Video of the year: Katy Perry, “Firework.”