This year’s edition of the MTV Video Music Awards, the 32nd instalment of the event was held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, August 30 with its fair share of intrigues and controversies.
The event was hosted by Miley Cyrus, with Taylor Swift leading the nominations with a total of 10, followed by Ed Sheeran, who had six.
Taylor Swift won four awards, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video.
Kendrick Lamar, received four nominations for his video “Alright”, but interestingly, the videos for Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Flying Lotus’ “Never Catch Me”, both of which he featured in, earned seven and two nominations respectively, bringing his total number of mentions to 13.
Meanwhile, Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video premiered during the pre-show, while Cyrus also announced and released her fifth studio album, “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz”, after her surprising performance at the end of the show.
Below are the highpoints of the event.
1. VMA host Miley Cyrus drops surprise album right after show
There have been speculations that Miley Cyrus has been working on an album, but no one expected it this soon, or even as a surprise.
Miley announced after the hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards that she was releasing a surprise album as Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz for free, just after performing some songs off the album which she closed the show with.
She performed the first song, “Dooo it!”, the first of 23 tracks on the album.
The album also features 2015 VMA winner, Big Sean, Ariel Pink and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram.
2. Kanye West declares he’ll run for the 2020 presidency
Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but that’s not the best part.
He closed his acceptance speech saying he’ll run for the 2020 presidency.
It started out with Kanye West receiving the Moonman from the colleague you’d least expect; Taylor Swift, the pop queen and biggest winner of the night.
A narrated montage followed with clips from important moments in Kanye’s career.
Swift then talked about how much influence on her career.
Kanye then took the mic for his acceptance speech, talking about everything from fatherhood, to having to smoke a little before coming on stage.
Then he rounded off his speech with his declaration: “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
So, in five years, Kanye West might be the occupant of the White House, with Kim Kardashian as First Lady, and North West, and possibly her baby brother, as the first family.
3. Nicki Minaj calls Miley Cyrus ‘b*tch’ on stage
Nicki Minaj put an iconic end to the bad blood between her and Taylor Swift as both of them opened the staged at the 2015 MTV VMAs.
However, Nicki kicked off another feud when she came up to collect her award for Best Hip-Hip video. She hit the show’s host, Miley Cyrus like a rocket ball.
As she collected her award for the “Anaconda” video, the first thing she did was thank her pastor, then she: “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
The usually tongue-out, wild, topless, usually composed Miley, was shocked to the bone.
Trying to bounce back, she quickly began a reply, “We’re all in the industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate…”
Remember that Miley Cyrus had earlier lashed out at Nicki Minaj in a New York Times interview, accusing her of starting ‘a pop star war’.
Below, is the full list of winners:
• Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
• Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
• Best Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
• Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
• Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
• Best Video With a Social Message: Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World”
• Song of the Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer, “She’s Kinda Hot”
• Best Collaboration: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
• Best Direction: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (Colin Tilley & the Little Homies)
• Best Choreography: OK Go, “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
• Best Cinematography: Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
• Best Art Direction: Snoop Dogg, “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)
• Best Editing: Beyoncé, “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
• Best Visual Effects: Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
• Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap
• Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”