Didn’t have a spare three hours on Sunday night to watch the VMAs? We’ve got you covered. Here are five major moments everyone will be talking about come Monday.
1. Nicki Minaj stole all the headlines
Let’s count the many ways Nicki stole the VMAs. First she wore an insane gold dress on the red carpet. Then, just weeks after her feud with Taylor Swift blew up on Twitter, Nicki invited Taylor on stage during her epic opening performance. Swift first jumped on a few bars of Minaj’s song The Night Is Still Young, and then the red-clad duo transitioned into a shortened version of Bad Blood.
Taylor, thank you for being epic. ❤️
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) August 31, 2015
@NICKIMINAJ love you so much. 💗
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 31, 2015
But the beef lives on! Just this time, it was directed at Miley Cyrus, who slammed Minaj last week in an interview with the New York Times. After giving her acceptance speech for Anaconda, which won best hip-hop video, Minaj announced she was going to turn it “back to this b—- who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
Cue an awkward camera cut to Cyrus. “We all do interviews and we all know how (the press) manipulate (crap),” she retorted. Twitter enjoyed this very much.
2. Miley flashes the audience, drops a new album
But her biggest mike drop was performing new song Dooo It at end of Sunday night’s show. The 22-year-old made like Beyonce and announced a surprise album, Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, now streaming (for free!) on her website, mileycyrus.com.
Miley Cyrus surprises with free ‘Petz’ album
3. Kanye West gave an 11-minute speech: ‘I still don’t understand awards shows!”
And what a SPEECH it was. First off, former frenemy Taylor Swift presented his Video Vanguard Award, calling the rapper her “friend.” Onstage, he covered a lot, from an admission that he smoked weed that morning (“the answer is YES. I rolled up a little something. I knocked the edge off”) to the fact that he’s “decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Kanye also got serious about his infamous 2009 VMAs altercation when he interrupted Taylor Swift after her video for You Belong with Me won out over Beyonce’s Single Ladies.
If I had a daughter at that time, would I have went onstage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s… You know, this arena, tomorrow, it’s going to be a completely different set up, Some concert or something like that. The stage will be gone. After that night, the stage is gone but the effect it had on people remain… (Pauses) The problem was the contradiction, the contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing.
Does he have your vote America? @kanyewest accepts the Video Vanguard award http://t.co/pyg3SBh8gq
— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
4. Justin Bieber got pretty emo onstage
Bieber’s comeback is in full swing, and that means it was time for a new, moody look. “I like your swoop,” called out Cyrus from the stage. Mid-show, after performing his songs Where Are U Now and What Do You Mean, Bieber hunched over, crying as he finished singing.
Justin Bieber was flying, then crying at the VMAs
5. Taylor Swift got 9 plus ones
Swift brought her entire #GirlSquad to the show, and the hot BFFs pretty much took up the entire carpet while they were there.
And, of course, this:
Until next year, you kings and queens of top 40!
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