Taylor Swift, Kanye West Big Winners at 2015 MTV VMAs
Additional highlights include Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Miley Cyrus performances.
The 2015 MTV VMAs went off without a hitch, with performances from Nicki Minaj, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams and a slew of others. However, the biggest winners of the night were the two who fatefully shared the VMAs stage in 2009.
Taylor Swift took home top honors at the ceremony, winning Video of the Year for "Bad Blood" and bringing up her gang of girls from the visual on stage. The pop star came out as a special guest earlier in the evening during Nicki Minaj's opening performance, when the Harajuku Barbie ripped through "Trini Dem Girls" and "The Night Is Still Young," during which Swift emerged from the back of the stage to meet up with Minaj for "Bad Blood." The two had feuded online last month after Swift interpreted some of Minaj's criticisms as personal swipes. It was short-lived, though, as the two squashed it soon after.
And then there was Kanye West, who gave the most memorable speech at the VMAs after Swift presented him with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. During the 13-minute musing, he announced that he'll be running for president in 2020. (The rest of the speech is too good to paraphrase -- click here to read it in its entirety).
Minaj, who had invited Swift onstage to open the show, had harsher words for host Miley Cyrus, who had criticized the rapper for her comments regarding her rant against the VMAs that sparked her feud with Swift. While accepting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda," she ended her speech with some choice words for the "We Can't Stop" singer. "And now back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press," she said. "Miley, what's good?"
Justin Bieber also had a notable performance during the VMAs, giving a spot-on rendition of his hit with Jack U, "Where Are U Now," and debuting his new single "What Do U Mean?" live. It was his first time gracing the VMA stage in years, one that touched him to the point where, at the end of the slickly choreographed show, he broke down in tears, overwhelmed with emotion.
Additional performances from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Weeknd were standouts, as was Nick Jonas' live debut of "Levels" at the pre-show. But this year's VMAs were also highly explicit, surprisingly. Not only was host Miley Cyrus bleeped numerous times—enough to the point of being comical—but actress Rebel Wilson presented an award to Minaj wearing a shirt that said "F—k Tha Stripper Police," which censors couldn't blur out in real-time.
And Cyrus capped off the surprise-packed evening with an unannounced performance of her own, before revealing that her new album was out for free at the website mileycyrusandherdeadpetz.com. While Taylor and Kanye dominated the 2015 VMAs, Cyrus (who won Video of the Year last year for "Wrecking Ball") is surely thinking about 2016.