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Sunday night, women gave the most memorable performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and Stephen Thompson and I got together to chat about the provocations of Nicki Minaj, the royal Beyonce and more.

You can check out the video of all the performances for yourself, from the triple threat of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj to the 16-minute Beyonce-stravaganza that closed the show.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Tomorrow, MTV will continue a 30-year tradition when it presents the annual "Video Music Awards."

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS")

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: And the winner is - Michael Jackson.

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