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2014 VMAs: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Weird

She wore what? He said what? The Kardashians were doing what and Blue Ivy danced with who? Ah, the gossip mill and its often bizarre perpetuation throughout popular culture. Sure, it can be silly, but sharing the experience of watching a major event can be part of what draws the world together, especially in the age of social media, and marvelling over the publicity madness that is MTV's Video Music Awards is no exception.

When you earn extra money online by taking paid surveys, it's fun to use the time saved for something fun, like getting friends together to watch the craziness that takes place on the VMAs from the red carpet to the stage. For those who missed out on this year's ceremony, here's what you didn't see.

The Good: Beyonce and Jay-Z dispel divorce rumors
Following their worldwide "On the Run" tour, the tabloids were screaming rumors that longtime partners and business moguls Beyonce and Jay-Z were headed for a divorce. Before being awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday evening, Beyonce performed a 20-minute medley of her most recent album and invited her husband and two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy to the stage to present her with the statue, solidifying them as a family once more. Though some media outlets would argue the move was a stunt, fans were pleased to see the power couple looking happy, and Billboard reported that even Blue Ivy couldn't stop dancing to her mother's infectious hits at the event.

Opinion Outpost users took the opportunity of watching the Video Music Awards to share their own thoughts on the state of the ceremony. When asked about Beyonce's full 20-minute performance made them feel as if they'd "had enough" of the superstar, the vote was relatively split. 51 percent of voters felt they had absolutely had enough of the mogul after a full tour and extended song, 29 percent claimed "there's no such thing as too much Beyonce," and 20 percent remained on the fence. Though the general public shares a wide variety of opinions, it's clear where the Video Music Awards producers stood on the matter.

The Bad: Kardashians texting during Ferguson tribute
In the midst of all the celebrity-fueled madness, the VMAs took a moment to acknowledge the violence and injustice currently going on in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri​, with a short video presentation. The cameras panned over to Kendall and Kylie Jenner and big sister Kim Kardashian during the tribute and, according to Buzzfeed contributor Ryan Broderick, all three were texting throughout. As presenter Common asked the audience for a moment of silence for fallen youth Mike Brown, the sisters chatted amongst themselves. Keep it classy!

The Weird: Katy Perry and Riff Raff foray into denim
While most of the looks on the VMAs carpet were traditional for the end of summer - lots of skin and crop tops - Katy Perry and Riff Raff took the cake with the weirdest ensemble of the season, both arriving in all-denim getups reminiscent of the early 1990s. Riff Raff had reportedly told a number of reporters that he and Perry were seeing each other following her divorce from comedian Russell Brand, but this was one of their first public appearances together, much like the equally strange appearance Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton made on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards in the early 2000s.

When you get paid for online surveys, you can carve out a whole new block of time for becoming hip to society's most interesting events. Earn extra money online and keep up with the Kardashians, Carters and all the rest as awards season truly begins!

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