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5 Reasons Why Women Ruled the 2014 VMAs

Somewhere between Charlie XCX mouthing every word to Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" performance and Beyonce's stunning closing number, we realized that not since the Spice Girls have we seen as much Girl Power as we did at last night's show. Need proof? We give you five reasons why the VMAs were all about the ladies:

1. They Cleaned Up

Out of seven general categories, female performers cleaned up with four major awards (five if you count Hayley William's guest role on "Stay the Night"), including Miley Cyrus, who won for Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball." Other winners included Lorde, who beat out The Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Imagine Dragons, and Linkin Park for Best Rock Video; and Fifth Harmony, who took home the coveted moonman for Artist to Watch.

2. Taylor Swift Spread the Love

There's nothing we love more than seeing two pop super forces unite, as in the budding friendship between Lorde and Taylor Swift. While the two could have spent the show side-eyeing each other with competitive ferocity, instead they chose to sit together and dance through the entire show. Afterwards, T.Swift took to Twitter to let out an exposition of positive support.

3. They Proved That "The Show Must Go On"

Not even a wardrobe malfunction could put a damper on Nicki Minaj's opening performance of "Bang Bang" with Ariana Grande and Jesse J—even though she had to hold her dress closed while doing so.

4. "5 Seconds to What?"

Despite solid sets by Sam Smith, 5 Seconds to Summer, and Maroon 5, female performers owned last night's stage. From Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking performance of "Anaconda" to Taylor's high-energy "Shake it Off" to Iggy Azalea's aforementioned "Black Widow" duet with Rita Ora, the ladies made it hard to remember the guys in the room. And, oh yeah...

5. One Word: Beyoncé

After performing a medley of 14 songs back to back with mind-blowing perfection—including "***Flawless" in front of a screen that read "FEMINIST"—Queen Bey dispelled divorce rumors by uniting with Jay-Z and baby Blue onstage to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. It's Beyonce's world, and we're just living in it.

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