10 Best and Worst Moments at 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
When it comes to the MTV Video Music Awards, you should always expect the unexpected. Although the show on Sunday night (Aug. 30) featured several excellent performances, there were plenty of WTF-worthy moments at the event.
Certainly, VMAs host Miley Cyrus’ fashion choices were all questionable, but there were other wardrobe choices that topped hers by far. Amber Rose and Blac Chyna shocked those with their eyes on the red carpet when they stepped out making a very bold (and colorful) statement.
As for the show itself, the memorable moments kept coming — both good and bad. Kanye West‘s epic, super-long acceptance speech and presidential announcement stands out as one. Nicki Minaj calling out Cyrus onstage was another thrilling moment as well. And then there is the Weeknd‘s performance of his new song “Can’t Feel My Face,” in which he lit the stage on fire — literally.
Overall, the MTV VMAs were a huge success and some of your favorite artists (thankfully Kendrick Lamar was a winner) took home the most colorful Moonman trophy to date courtesy of designer Jeremy Scott.
So without further ado, we highlight 10 of the best and worst moments at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Best: Nicki Minaj Calling Out Miley Cyrus
Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards for comments she made regarding her tiff with Taylor Swift. During her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video, the Queen Barbz thanked her fans and her pastor before zeroing in on Cyrus. “Now back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” she said.
Apparently, Cyrus was caught off guard by the rapper’s comments. She responded, “We’re all in this industry. We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate. Nicki, congratulations.” No word if Minaj and Cyrus officially squashed their beef after the show was over.
— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
Worst: Miley Cyrus’ Barely-There Outfits
When it comes to awards shows, Miley Cyrus hasn’t disappointed in recent years when it’s come to her attire. She’s known for wearing outlandish outfits, but she went bonkers with her fashion choices as the host of this year’s VMAs. The “Wrecking Ball” singer looked ridiculous in a variety of outfits she wore while hosting the festivities.
On the red carpet, Cyrus donned a revealing outfit that had metallic silver suspenders, which barely covered her boobs, and a crystal beaded skirt that revealed her booty. Simply put, her space-age dress was tacky and not particularly flattering. When it came time to command the stage as host, barely-there outfits with strategically-placed fabric and decorations made sure she didn’t cause a nip slip.
Best: Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Make Peace and Perform ‘Bad Blood’
Nicki Minaj kicked off the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards with a sensual mash-up of The Pinkprint tracks “Trini Dem Girls” and “The Night Is Still Young.” But the highlight came near the end of her performance when Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance and joined the rapper for a brief performance of her hit single, “Bad Blood.”
This pretty much ends their feud that started last month when Minaj complained about her “Anaconda” video being snubbed from the Video of the Year category. Minaj suggested that if she were white and had a different body type that her visual would have garnered more nods. Swift believed that Minaj racial comment was directed toward her and accused the Young Money MC of using social media “to pit women against each other.”
But it looks like the two have buried the bad blood (see what we did there?) and are friends now. Could we possibly see a Swift-Minaj collaboration in the future? That doesn’t sound far off considering the singer pronounced her love for her Minajesty after their stage union.
— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
Best: Kanye West Announces Presidential Run
Kanye West gave a rather long acceptance speech after accepting his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award but MTV made sure to let him finish without any interruptions. After his looong harangue about awards shows and dying for his art, he told the audience he plans to run for president in 2020. “I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” he revealed much to the crowd’s delight.
President Yeezy has a nice ring to it, bro.
— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
Worst: Iggy Azalea Crashing Demi Lovato’s Performance
Iggy Azalea made a guest appearance during Demi Lovato‘s sexy MTV VMA performance of “Cool for the Summer.” But the Twitterverse wasn’t having it. Fans went on Twitter to voice their displeasure of having the Aussie rhymer mess up Lovato’s performance with her indecipherable rhymes. One person tweeted, “Demi and Iggy performing together is honestly trash,” while another fan commented, “Iggy literally popped onstage during Demi’s performance to gargle for 5 seconds and then descended back into hell.”
Social media can be so brutally cruel sometimes. And we love it. Ha! Check out Demi and Iggy’s performance below.
— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
Best: Amber Rose and Blac Chyna Make Bold Statement on the Red Carpet
Amber Rose and Blac Chyna made a bold statement on the red carpet with their matching slut-shaming outfits at the 2015 MTV VMAs. Rose donned a bodysuit that was decorated in derogatory terms used against women like “stripper,” “whore” and “gold digger,” while Chyna wore a dress with harsh words like “slut,” “bitch” and “hoe” painted on it. The ladies would later convey their message of combating hate and slut-shaming by twerking in an Uber car. Arguably, Rose and Chyna’s controversial outfits are certainly giving their haters something to talk about.
Worst: Rebel Wilson Fails Miserably With Joke About Police Brutality
Rebel Wilson tried to make a joke about police and strippers and failed miserably on both ends. The comedian appeared onstage to present the Best Hip-Hop Video award and before announcing Nicki Minaj as the winner, she fell flat with her monologue. She was sporting a police uniform before stripping and revealing a tacky T-shirt that read, “F— Tha Stripper Police.” Protester DeRay Mckesson took her to task on Twitter. In the end, Wilson is not a rebel, she’s not funny and she needs to take several seats and sit down.
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) August 31, 2015
Best: Kanye West Dancing During the Weeknd’s Performance
The Weeknd’s fiery performance of his No. 1 single, “Can’t Feel My Face,” was one of the many highlights at the VMAs. The Canadian crooner had everyone up and dancing including Kanye West. While Abel Tesfaye was displaying some fancy footwork onstage a la Michael Jackson (did you catch that spin?), ‘Ye was spotted grooving to the beat up on his feet. Even Taylor Swift showed how uncoordinated she is when it comes to dancing, but she was still feeling the vibe. If you haven’t copped the Weekend’s refreshing new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, go out and get it. We guarantee you’ll be tapping your feet and dancing just like Yeezy.
Best: Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel and Eric Nally Head “Downtown”
Macklemore‘s performance of “Downtown” was another highlight at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards but not necessarily due to the Seattle rhymer’s talents. Taking his performance took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles, Macklemore brought along hip-hop icons Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel to add some classic old-school flavor to the mix. Plus Foxy Shazam’s Eric Nally joined the crew and didn’t disappoint with his stellar vocals. That dude has some serious pipes. Witnessing these old school greats get their time in the spotlight is certainly one of the better moments of the awards show. “Downtown” is the first single off Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ upcoming album, a follow-up to their Grammy-winning effort, The Heist.
I always respected @macklemore but now even more after he had MOE D, MELLE MEL & GRANDMASTER CAZ on a record at the 2015 VMA’s
— MIKE FORCE MAGNETIC (@mikeforce100000) August 31, 2015
Best: John Legend and Big Sean Win Their Very First Moonman
The 2015 MTV VMAs was a special night for Big Sean and John Legend. The G.O.O.D. Music members each won their first Moonman for the empowering visual “One Man Can Change the World,” which earned the Best Video With a Social Message. Kanye West also came up onstage to receive the honor (his 20th according to Sean Don). During Big Sean’s touching acceptance speech, the Detroit rhymer said the song was a tribute to his late grandmother, Mildred Virginia Leonard, who was one of the first black female captains in World War II. “She made crazy accolades,” he stated. “And one person to show me that one man — man being human being — male or female can change the world.”