This was the year of the video: Cellphone recordings, surveillance videos and celebs caught on camera took up most of the spots on The Root TV’s most-watched-videos list. From the Jay Z-Solange elevator confrontation to the young woman desperate to be Nicki Minaj after dental surgery, here are the 15 most viewed videos of 2014:
When news of a sex tape involving Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta stars Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith surfaced in April, searches for the video and everything about it nearly broke the Internet (and The Root TV).
In November, a brawl erupted on the New York City subway. The woman who instigated it was smacked in the face after berating a man for wearing an 8-ball jacket and a trapper hat.
A Baltimore City schoolteacher is on administrative leave and a student is facing charges after a verbal confrontation turned physical in the hallway of a high school in October.
Following his arrest in February after an altercation at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., a video surfaces of Rice knocking then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious and dragging her limp body from the elevator.
Toward the end of summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a viral sensation. Jones used the momentum to raise awareness for a “disease” that disproportionately affects black people. He dumped bullet shell casings over his head to represent the lives cut short by violence.
In a viral video posted in November, 21-year-old Andrew Caldwell said he had received deliverance from the spirit of homosexuality during a Christian event at the Church of God in Christ’s 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis.
While waiting in front of a bank to pick up his children from school, Chris Lollie recorded himself being stunned with a Taser and arrested by St. Paul, Minn., police. He was initially charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process, but the charges were later dropped.
A video featuring a heavily drugged Jayci Underwood went viral after she was recorded lamenting about the fact that she did not wake up from her dental procedure as Nicki Minaj.
Video footage shows the media frenzy outside the Standard Hotel in New York City when Jay Z and Beyoncé exit the building and leave in separate cars. Seconds prior, Jay Z and Solange had had an altercation in the elevator.
TMZ dropped a bombshell video showing a physical altercation between Jay Z and Solange Knowles in May in the elevator of New York City’s Standard Hotel.
Four-time Grammy winner Erykah Badu recorded herself singing for money near Bryant Park in New York City. “I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets,” she said. Badu earned $3.60.
In this video, CNN’s Randi Kaye reveals new details about two contractors who witnessed the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Surveillance video shows John Crawford III carrying a toy rifle around an Ohio Wal-Mart moments before he is fatally shot by police. A witness claimed Crawford was pointing it at customers, but later told The Guardian that Crawford never pointed it at anyone.
Mary “Unique” Spears was fatally shot and five of her family members wounded after she rejected the advances of a man outside a social hall in Detroit.
Ribeiro owned the dance floor when he performed the paso doble to DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” on a November episode of Dancing With the Stars.
Nicole L. Cvetnic is The Root’s multimedia editor and producer.