The dozen-plus performances were overly cautious, albeit with the predictable amounts of bare skin. There were no onstage surprises, or major mishaps (other than perhaps Wyclef Jean's inability to take off his jacket) to buzz about in the morning.
But with a three hour show, not all the action made it on air. Here are 12 things that went down at the
1. The Nokia was a virtual zoo. Fans crammed the courtyard of L.A. Live to gawk at those entering the venue, and even crowded the lobby windows to peek inside. Unfortunately, all they could see were guests chugging cocktails before showtime.
2. At one point a show producer promised that Iggy Azalea and
4. During one commercial break, Chinese pop star Jason Zhang (a.k.a. Zhang Jie) was given the award for international artist. It was strange considering the honor isn’t mentioned anywhere on the list of winners. Even host
5. Literally no one in the crowd seemed to enjoy the beamed-in Garth Brooks' performance. The majority didn't even pretend to clap afterward. Awkward.
6. During another commercial break, show producers told the crowd to get excited for a performance by a Chinese group called the Chopstick Boys. No one had heard of them or their tune of “Little Apple,” which, according to producers, is on par with
7. After scoring the night’s biggest honor, artist of the year,
8. The crowd didn't really feel Lil Wayne's performance. But maybe it was because the pyro was entirely too hot for the first few dozen rows. Or maybe it was for the litany of four-letter words that he dropped.
10. Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie, seemed to be clamoring for attention. His painted-on dress shirt didn't get much notice inside the Nokia, so he attempted to be a scene stealer the entire night, dancing with Khloe Kardashian one minute and Meghan Trainer the next.
11. No other fan base proved to be as powerful as 13 to 17-year-old fangirls. The very large delegation that packed the balcony of the Nokia Theatre cared about only four acts: One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift and Lorde. The mere mention of any of them, especially the two boy bands, elicited ear-ringing screams. Further proof of their power? Both boy bands took home some of the night's biggest honors including new artist (5SOS) and artist of the year (1D).