The “2015 MTV Video Music Awards” were last night, and as usual there were some shocking moments, and some that were just plain crazy. This year’s big winner was, to no one’s surprise, Taylor Swift who took home the coveted Video of the Year Award for “Bad Blood,” as well as trophies for Best Female Video (“Blank Space”) and Best Pop Video and Best Collaboration (“Bad Blood”).
But the one moment everyone will probably talking about this morning isKanye West’s RAMBLING speech when he accepted the Video Vanguard award. Taylor presented him with the honor, joking about their first meeting at the “VMAs” when he interrupted her acceptance speech. She then went on to kiss his behind (of course), before joking, “So I guess I have to say to all of the other winners tonight, I’m really happy for you and I’ma let you finish, but Kanye West has one of the greatest careers of all time.”
After several minutes of applause, Kanye started rambling on for what seemed like forever. He got very emotional about his passion for music, kept saying how we should “listen to the kids,” talked about how he doesn’t understand award shows, and how he really just wants people to like him. He also admitted to smoking something before coming to the show, and ended the speech by saying that in 2020 he will run for president, and then dropped the mic and walked off stage.
Miley Cyrus hosted last night’s “VMAs” and was surprisingly clothed when she walked out on stage for the first time, although her outfits got more revealing as the night went on. Her jokes throughout the night were pretty awful, as were her pre-taped segments. In fact, Miley’s whole hosting gig basically consisted of her trying to shock the crowd with cursing and outrageous clothes. And in one final moment of trying to be shocking, Miley ended the show with a wild performance featuring various drag queens in bright outfits, as she sang a track called “Doo It,” about smoking pot, loving peace and not giving a “f**k.” Towards the end she was joined by Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, who shot confetti from between her legs. Miley also announced that her new album “Miley Cyrus & her Dead Petz” had just dropped online for free.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj was involved in probably two of the biggest moments of the night, other than Kanye. First she and T-Swift put their pre-VMA feud behind them with a joint opening performance. Nicki kicked things off with “Trini Demi Girls” followed by “The Night Is Still Young” at which point Taylor rose from below the stage. Once that tune was over, Taylor broke into the chorus of “Bad Blood” (or should we say lip synched the chorus) and the pair hugged.
The second Nicki moment was a bit more controversial. When she accepted her Best Hip-Hop Video Award Nicki called out Miley for her recent comments in the press about Nicki’s war with Taylor, saying, “Back to this b*tch that had a lot of say about me the other day in the press. Miley Cyrus, what’s good?” Miley seemed to be caught off guard and tried to make it seem as though she was misquoted, but Nicki didn’t seem happy.
Other performances and other notable moments include:
- Justin Bieber lip-synched his Skrillex/Diplo collaboration “Where Are U Now,” no doubt to save his energy for the dance that followed. He then debuted his new single “What Do You Mean?” for the first time live, and actually appeared to be singing, if the heavy breathing into the mic was any indication. He ended the tune with some sappy speech about finding your purpose, before flying over the crowd. The whole thing must have been too emotional for him, because Justin ended the performance in tears.
- The Weeknd performed his hit “Can’t Feel My Face, and appeared to actually be singing. One thing’s for sure, Taylor and Kanye loved it because both were spotted dancing in the audience.
- Rebel Wilson wore a T-shirt that read “F**K The Stripper Police” with the curse making it on screen at least twice.
- Pharrell sang his latest single “Freedom” while the audience waved flags, and an elaborate dance number went on behind him.
- Demi Lovato treated the crowd to her new hit “Cool For the Summer,” and was joined by surprise guest Iggy Azalea, no doubt trying to get some good press after a summer of disasters.
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their new track “Downtown” in downtown Los Angeles, mimicking several scenes from the song’s video, complete with dance moves, and guests Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Foxy Shazam’s Eric Nally.
- Tori Kelly rocked the house with “Should’ve Been Us,” one of the few performances that was actually live with no backing track. And it was sicknastyamazing!
- Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky performed a medley of “Heavydirtysoul” and “Lane Boy,” with frontman Tyler Joseph trading verses with the rapper.
- During the pre-show Nick Jonas walked the not-red carpet during an impressive performance of his his new single “Levels,” backed by a set of dancing moon-women.
The 2015 VMAs winners are:
- Video of the Year, Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
- Best Male Video, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
- Best Female Video. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
- Best Hip Hop Video, Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
- Best Pop Video, Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
- Best Rock Video, Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
- Artist to Watch, Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
- Best Collaboration, Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
- Video With a Social Message, Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
- Song of the Sumer, 5 Seconds of Summer – “She’s Kinda Hot”