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MTV Video Music Awards crowns winners

See a sweet cover of Pharrell's 'Happy'. Plus, which celebs are boycotting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

By Andrea Tim | Published: 25 Aug 2014

MTV VMA winners
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MTV Video Music Awards winners
The MTV Video Music Awards is underway, and already, the most anticipated awards have been snapped up by the It artists of 2014. Ed Sheeran's Sing won the Best Male video, while Katy Perry's Dark Horse earned her the female counterpart of the award.

Best Pop video went to Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's Problem, Lorde scored her first Best Rock VMA for Royals, and Drake took home the Best Hip Hop trophy for Hold On (We're Going Home). Putting all haters in their place was Miley Cyrus' controversial Wrecking Ball, which swept the Video of the Year award.

Performance sets included Ariana, Iggy, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.

Benedict Cumberbatch gets soaked six times for charity
Celebrities have been dunking ice water on themselves in the name of charity (we've covered a good few here and here). More recently, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Olivia Wilde, Chris Martin and Stella McCartney have joined in on the cause. Ian was absolutely charming in his, Olivia did hers with breast milk (what?!), Chris tricked Stella into doing the challenge, and Benedict dedicated his to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. See how Benedict get dunked not once, not twice, not thrice, but six times.

Pamela Anderson and musician, Grimes boycott the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
In other ALS news, Baywatch's Pamela Anderson has expressed her criticism for the foundation. "I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare- It's always good to bring awareness in fun, creative ways," she wrote in a Facebook post on 21 August. "I thought Instead/I'd challenge ALS to stop Animal testing". She cited the cruelty inflicted on monkeys and mice, asking "What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)?"

Canadian music producer, Grimes also turned down the challenge, saying that "I don't feel great about wasting water in this California drought, but I will donate money." Fair enough, that is the point of the challenge to begin with. Either donate or get dunked (although many choose to do both for the sake of awareness... or publicity). Instead of donating to the ALS Foundation due to the same reasons as Pam, Grimes will donate to the Malala Fund, a charity for the empowerment and education of young girls.

Pharrell's Happy gets a joyful translation in sign language
Deaf Film Camp, which hosts teenage deaf and hard-of-hearing aspiring filmmakers has released an American Sign Language interpretation of Pharrell William's hit single, Happy. Composed by performance artist Rosa Lee Timm and ASL interpretor Azora Telford, and starring the kids at Camp Mark Seven, the video is no less exhilarating and fun than the original.


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