VMAs 2015: Justin Cries, Nicki and Miley Fight, Kanye for President


The 2015 VMAs were insane, unpredictable and exciting to say the least. Nicki Minaj started off the show with a killer performance of “Trini Dem Girls” followed by her hit single “The Night is Still Young”. The audience was taken by surprise when Taylor Swift, who received Video of the Year later in the night, took the stage in a matching outfit and performed her song “Bad Blood” with Minaj. After a brief Twitter feud, Swift and Minaj seemed to be on good terms during the performance. Minaj even tweeted after the show, “Taylor, thank you for being epic” to which Swift responded, “@NICKIMINAJ love you so much.”


Miley Cyrus served as the host of the show, which meant there was never a dull moment. Her wardrobe may have been the craziest in the show’s history. She even closed the show with a performace of “Dooo It” off of her new album Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, which she released for free.


Audiences were shocked, and maybe somewhat confused, when Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus in the middle of her acceptance speech for her video “Anaconda.” Previously, Minaj tweeted a complaint about the VMA nominations favoring white artists and their “slim bodies.” If you have seen the “Anaconda” music video, you know that her video does not fall under this category. Taylor Swift mistakenly called out Nicki Minaj, thinking the tweet was about her. Miley Cyrus also weighed in in an interview, responding “If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself,” Cyrus said, “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about.” This clearly angered Nicki because she used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to call out Miley in front of almost 10 million people. After thanking the fans, Nicki snapped, “And now back to this [girl] that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?!” Cyrus quickly retorted, “Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate [stuff] Nicki, congratulations,” and then the shocked awkward silence began.

Justin Bieber also gave a stellar performance, his first in 2 and half years. He performed “Where R Ü Now” followed by his newest single “What Do You Mean?”. After his performance the audience was surprised when Bieber broke down into tears. After the show, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, he said, “It was so overwhelming for me, everything—just the performance. I missed some cues, so I was a little disappointed at that, and just everyone and just their support.”

onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Kanye also made headlines after the eventful night for his speech following his acceptance of the VMA Video Vanguard Award. Taylor Swift presented the award to him as a display of peace between the two after he stole the microphone from her during her speech at the 2009 VMAs. During his 2015 VMA speech, Kanye expressed his distaste for award shows, essentially dissed MTV on MTV, and announced his presidential bid for 2020. “I don’t know what I finna lose after this. It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth,” West said, “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” The next day, Van Toeffler, executive producer for the show, revealed that Kanye was originally supposed to perform a song, but in the middle of the show he changed his mind. Clearly the producers of the VMAs have learned to expect the unexpected.