After watching most of last night’s show, I’m convinced that Jay Z and Beyonce are just about the only parents who would let their young kid watch the Video Music Awards (I hit pause when my six year-old asked why all the dancers were in their underwear). Here’s a look at the top moments from the show.

+ Miley Cyrus provided the surprise of the evening when she sent up someone named Jesse to accept her award on “behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now.”

+ Buzzfeed with a Giftastic look at the 27 most important things at the VMAs.

+ The night (like all others) was all about Beyonce. Listen in on her VMA performance, with her vocals isolated.

+ If nothing else, the VMAs provided a nice warm-up for The Emmys which are on tonight, a Monday and a weeknight in August, because the NFL is just too big to go up against. Here’s full pre-Emmy coverage from The Hollywood Reporter.