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The Best and Worst Moments from the 2015 MTV VMAs

Posted on August 31 2015

The night can pretty much be summed up by saying WTF? There were olive branches extended, new beefs started, scantily clad ladies (and men), politics, pot, nip slips, drag queens, and tears. Seriously.
And while there were tons of celebs in attendance, there were a number of famous faces missing from the audience. Most notably Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Drake, Chris Brown, and Kendrick. It seems like this says a lot about the direction the VMAs are going in. All-in-all they’re just feeling a bit stale. And while I’ve got the momentum going with the bitching, seriously, how much longer is MTV going to pretend that electronic music doesn’t exist?
OK, on to the goods.
The night started off with Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift lip syncing their way through a PR opportunity. It was supposed to be a big reveal of how they buried the hatchet over some twitter controversy, but it seemed pretty expected. While most of the internet and blogs seem to love this, I am of the less popular opinion, and really wasn’t impressed.
The next performance was by the Weeknd and he seriously KILLED it during his love ballad to cocaine, “Can’t Feel My Face”. There were flames everywhere, he sang live and was amazing, and just all around brought a high energy, feel-good performance. It was good enough that Kanye got up and did a happy dance. A HAPPY DANCE! In fact, audience Kanye was really charismatic. He danced, laughed it up with his wife Kim, and even cuddled in and took a little nap. Seeing all those emotions from him was a little like seeing a unicorn.
Most random moment of the VMAs went to Nicki Minaj. I can’t be the only one who thought it was more than a little strange that she thanked her pastor during her acceptance of the Best Rap Video award for Anaconda. She then fired verbal shots at host Miley Cyrus for her comments in a New York Times article. Might be just me, but before throwing down, I would think you’d want to be able to at least walk up the stairs by yourself in your gown. Just saying.
On a positive note, this seemed to be the year for comebacks. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their new song from the Pepsi stage in downtown LA, Demi Lavato performed her summer hits while looking better than ever, and Justin Bieber returned to the VMAs after a two and a half year hiatus. The first two put on good, yet safe performances, while the Biebs slayed it. He put on an amazing performance and then broke down into tears when the audience gave him a standing ovation, reminiscent of Chris Brown’s emotional performance a few years back. I think it’s safe to say that Justin is back, and as controversial as he is, I have to say I’m pretty happy about it.
If there was an award for best acceptance speech, it would go to Big Sean. He brought all the feels with his acceptance and acknowledgement of everyone from God to his grandma.
The highlight of the evening though, had to be Kanye West receiving the Vanguard Award. His acceptance speech was definitely long-winded, and seemed to fall a little flat on his audience, but was nothing if not heartfelt.  Again, I am taking the less popular opinion and saying that I loved it. He touched on the infamous mic-stealing moment from the VMAs six years ago, talked about how being a parent has changed his outlook on life, proclaimed his love for the arts and artists in general, and even cracked a joke about how he would be running for president in 2020.
But, what the whole thing is (supposedly) about, the music, so here is the full list of winners for the night:
Video of the Year: Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
Best Hip Hop Video: Nicki Minaj - "Anaconda"
Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West
Artist to Watch Award: Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"
Best Male Video: Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson - "Uptown Funk"
Best Female Video: Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy - "Uma Thurman"
Best Video with Social Message: Big Sean, John Legend & Kanye West - "One Man Can Change the World

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