Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage. Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats 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, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the “greatest living entertainer.” The duo won best collaboration for the hit “Drunk In Love.”
Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award.
“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.
Three injured in nightclub shooting
Former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown.
Gunfire erupted inside the cavernous 1 OAK club on the Sunset Strip about 1:30 a.m. as Brown was performing at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party. Sheriff’s deputies quickly descended on the venue, but the gunman managed to escape.
The 49-year-old Knight, who was apparently struck twice, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he underwent surgery. He is expected to survive.
An unidentified man and woman who were also wounded in the shooting. They were expected to recover.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said it was too early to say whether Knight was the intended target. But law enforcement sources said a preliminary investigation suggests that Sunday’s shooting is probably connected to gang rivalries and Knight’s connections with Compton’s Bloods gang.
The birthday bunch
Game show host Monty Hall is 93. Actor Sean Connery is 84. TV personality Regis Philbin is 83. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 65. Rock singer Elvis Costello is 60. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 53. Television chef Rachael Ray is 46. Actress Blake Lively is 27.