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Our brain is still hurting from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. Close your eyes, and you can still see Miley’s rainbow patterned pasties swirling around in your head. It’s a lot to take in, so here are the top five moments from one of the craziest award shows in history.
Taylor & Nicki Squashed Their Beef
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We knew it wouldn’t last. Although these two powerhouse chicks were at each other’s throats via Twitter about a month ago, their beef was squashed with what better song than “Bad Blood”? Although their feud was laid to rest on social media, this performance officially ended the rumor mill. Watching Taylor and Nicki hug it out set the perfect tone for the night ahead, even if the night took us places we never thought we’d be.
…Then Nicki Slammed Miley On Stage
So much fun walking up there https://t.co/acw1OMtZRt— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) August 31, 2015
Arguably the most cringe worthy moment of the night (it’s legitimately hard to choose), was when Nicki Minaj approached the stage to accept her award from Rebel Wilson for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda.” At first, Nicki couldn’t even really walk up by herself because her award-winning booty was anchoring her down with her nearly naked dress.
A really nice intro, Minaj promoted female independence and even thanked her pastor for her win. Then four seconds of silence later, Minaj shot a nasty glare to host Miley Cyrus and said “Back to this b*tch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
To recap this duo's past beef, Cyrus, in an interview with the New York Times, responded to the Twitter feud between Taylor Swift and Minaj (see above.) “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite.”
Nicki didn’t exactly take last night as an opportunity to prove Miley wrong, because the whole onstage attack was uncomfortable and did not sit well with the host. Cyrus immedeitely responded, “We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate s---t. Congratuf--kinglations, Nicki.”
Moments later, Nicki tweeted “Lmfaoooooooooooo.” We’re still picking up our jaws off the floor.
Biebs Brought To Tears
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What do you mean Justin Bieber cried on stage? It’s been a long, bumpy, legally-lined road for the Biebs, who dropped his new single “What Do You Mean” last week — and his emotions got the best of him after a stellar VMA performance.
It was Bieber’s first live performance in over two-and-a-half years and the audience was blown away with Justin as he sang “Where Are U Now” and “What Do You Mean” flying over the crowd.
The warm embrace from the audience had Justin doubled over in tears – a humbling moment.
Yeez We Can 2020
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Kanye breaks a lot of records. And he’s now the first person in history (maybe) to announce their presidential bid while under the influence of marijuana. Six years after Kanye stampeded the stage to intercept Taylor Swift’s Video Of The Year Award, the tables were turned when Swift introduced West to received the Video Vanguard Award. In the spirit of Yeezy, Swift said, “I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time.” Swift concluded by presenting the award “to my friend, Kanye West.”
West took the stage and the universe basically collapsed from over-stimulation - so much that we dedicated a piece just to his speech.
West started off with a nod to daughter North who has influenced his career and personal life since her birth in 2013. Because of little Miss West, Kanye kind of apologized to Taylor and the handful of other artists he offended along the way.
“If I had to do it all over again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience? If I had a daughter at that time would I have gone on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s?”
West continued, “The contradiction is, I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing."
And honestly, he could have stopped there. But this is Kanye West we're discussing - so no speech ends where it should.
"Sometimes I feel like I died for the artist's opinion... You know how many times MTV ran that footage again? 'Cause it got them more ratings. You know how many times they announced that Taylor was gonna give me the award? 'Cause it got them more ratings. Listen to the kids, bro," the rapper said.
As the audience and the world watched, both perplexed and amazed, West revealed "Y'all might be thinking right now, 'I wonder, did he smoke something before he came here?' The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something to knock the edge off. I don't know what's gonna happen tonight. I don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow, bro."
Although the speech was a little jumpy and all over the place, West concluded nicely with... what else? A presidential campaign announcement.
Miley In General
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Miley actually pulled it off! Along with MTV's intentional delay, extra nipple slippage precautions and censored marijuana chatter, Cyrus hosted one of the most entertaining award shows in history. The icing on the eccentric, weed-filled cake was the free album Miley dropped at the end of the night Beyoncé style. Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz is available now for your listening pleasure. It just goes to show that a half-naked twerk on Robin Thicke does pay off in the long run.
Watch our recap of the 2015 MTV VMAs here.