Welcome to a special Video Music Awards episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard.com associate editor Jason Lipshutz and Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield every Thursday on the free Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to last week’s episode).
Jason and Keith chat for a special Monday podcast to discuss the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, including the best performances, most memorable onstage moments and Keith’s experience on the red carpet. The guys talk about Beyonce’s stunning finale, Taylor Swift’s live debut of “Shake It Off,” the wacky Jessie/Ariana/Nicki opening, Sam Smith’s somber performance, Miley Cyrus’ video of the year acceptance non-speech, 5 Seconds of Summer choosing to perform a ballad and much more. Keith also fills Jason in on his red carpet highlights, and you can hear audio snippets of his chats with Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer! There’s also this encounter that Keith had with Ed Sheeran: