Obviously, Beyonce and then everyone else
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Best: Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande
We learned three important things during - arguably - MTV VMAs' best opening number in years. 1. Ariana Grande can sing live and (somewhat) dance at the same time. Throw away of those continuing Mariah Carey comparisons because we all know Ms. Butterfly is still mastering talking an the two-step. 2. Nicki Minaj is going to shake her butt on national, er, cable television and she doesn't care what anyone thinks. She owns it and will make that "Anaconda" a top five hit no matter what it takes. 3. Jessie J may have been the best live performer during the entire VMAs. That's impressive when you consider Sam Smith, Beyonce and Grande also belted out some big numbers throughout the night.
- Gregory Ellwood