You never forget your first time. Especially when it happens at the VMAs in front of a packed arena and millions of viewers at home.
And so, we give you the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Virgin Report on all the artists who can now consider themselves VMA alumni:
5 Seconds of Summer
They came, they saw, they kicked ass (acoustically). The boys from down under not only broke hearts with an unplugged “Amnesia,” they took home their first moonman for Best Lyric Video. They also proved they can clean up real nice with a t-shirt-less red carpet stroll.
Everyone’s Homie actually made his VMA debut last year during the VMA Pre-Show, but Sunday night saw Austin entering another rarified VMA club: the craziest entrance circle. Wearing a gleaming white suit and trailed by a bus filled with a marching band and a shower of streamers, Austin made a huge impression.
Ariana played the Pre-Show last year, but for her first main stage gig she was out of this world: literally. Grande emerged from a space ship for an interplanetary run through of “Break Free,” and joined Jessie J. and Nicki Minaj for “Bang Bang,” making it clear she’s destined for VMA royalty stat in the future.
Lorde arrived in a huge way, winning Best Rock Video for “Royals,” dropping an S-bomb in her acceptance speech (and then apologizing a short time later) and sharing the moment with bestie Taylor Swift. So, the full tally: first award, first bleep and first on-camera dance party with T Swizzle.
The bossy posse busted out “Bo$$” in the Pre-Show, then swept to their first VMA win a bit later in the MTV Artist to Watch category for “Miss Movin’ On.”
Ed had plenty to celebrate when “Sing” won Best Male Video. According to Sheeran, it was his first-ever American award.
Jody Highroller’s been waiting his whole life to walk the VMA red carpet. (Don’t forget the man has an MTV logo tatted on his neck.) And when he made the scene in a yellow Lambo and emerged with Katy Perry wearing matchy-matchy Britney and Justin denim, it was an arrival for the ages.