Jay Z and Blue Ivy Present Beyonce With MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award

Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyonce at the 2014 VMAs
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Jay Z and singer Beyonce with daughter Blue Ivy Carter onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. 


As part of her acceptance of the VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, Beyonce performed a medley of every song off her visual album, Beyonce, which of course she surprise-released without any pre-release publicity Dec. 13, 2013. 

In a bedazzled long sleeve leotard, Beyonce and her dancers took to the stage for the iconic performance. Kicking off with "Mine," (and with her dancers dressed up as masked art figures alluding to her video for the tune) Beyonce declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."

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She ran through songs that haven't been seen often -- if at all -- live, such as "No Angel" and "Haunted," as well as popular tracks such as "Drunk in Love" and "Partition." She even did a bit of the "Flawless" remix, including the instantly iconic line "Sometimes sh** goes down when there's a billion dollars in the elevator." She ended the 15-minute performance with "Blue" (which featured home video footage of her and Jay Z with their daughter), as well as "XO."

"This song is for my incredible fans," she said. "If it weren't for you guys I wouldn't be on this stage." 

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Of course, the buzziest moment may have been after Beyonce finished, when Jay Z (toting Blue Ivy) joined her onstage to present Bey with the actual award. Jay Z called Queen Bey "the greatest living performer," while it sounded like Blue went with, "Good job, mommy!" (Awwww). "I am so full," a tearful Beyonce declared, sharing a kiss with her husband and her daughter. "I am filled with so much gratitude. Thank you and good night!" 

Watch her performance below: