The 2015 VMAs kicked off with Taylor Swift joining Nicki Minaj for a duet, successfully ending all talks of a feud between the two. But from Rebel Wilson taking the stage sans pants to Kanye West dancing along to The Weeknd’s performance of “Can’t Feel My Face,” the following two-plus hours were filled with nonstop buzzworthiness. Here were the awards show’s top moments, according to Facebook conversations:
The 22-year-old singer stunned with a nearly acoustic staging of the hit song. Kelly offered the night’s most raw performance, reminding audiences why the VMAs exist in the first place.
The Biebs has a lot of questions, and he brought them to the VMA stage Sunday night. After giving the debut performance of his latest single, Bieber was brought to his knees in tears.
After thanking her pastor, Minaj called out Cyrus for her comments to the New York Times about her “Anaconda” video being left out of the Video of the Year category. “And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley what’s good?” Minaj said. The master of ceremonies clearly didn’t expect the rapper’s comment, and smugly offered Minaj her congratulations. “We’re all in this industry. We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate,” Cyrus said. “Nicki, congratulations.”
To wrap up the night, the former Disney Channel star brought dozens of drag queens on stage to help her proclaim her love for weed and peace. After she concluded the track, Cyrus revealed another bombshell — a new album, available for free on her website.
Swift presented West with MTV’s Video Vanguard honor, during which the rapper apologized again for interrupting her at the 2009 VMAs. In his speech, induced by “a little something” to knock the edge off, West also discussed how he feels when he gets booed at baseball games, how he thought Gnarls Barkley should’ve beat Justin Timberlake for a Grammy, and his misunderstanding of award shows. The “All Day” rapper concluded the speech in the most Kanye way possible — announcing his presidential candidacy for the 2020 election.
Read West’s full speech here.