Beyonce reacts as her husband Jay-Z carries their daughter Ivy Blue onstage to present the Video Vanguard Award during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in  California yesterday. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters 2:01

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 Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the French music group, Daft Punk

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