As per usual, the MTV Video Music Awards coughed up some drama this year.
The awards were held on August 30, at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles California. The 32nd instalment of the awards was hosted by the barely covered, controversial recording artist, Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus hosted the VMAs two years after she stole the show with her risqué but memorable performance with Robin Thicke.
Cyrus had recently said in a New York Times interview that Minaj was being a kill-joy about not receiving a nomination for video of the year.
After having received another award, Minaj said, “And back to this b*** that had a lot to say to me in the press. What’s good?”
Miley replied with “We are all in this industry, we all do an interview and we all know how to manipulate. Nicki congratulations”.
Kanye West’s long-winded speech leapt all over the place, with a lot of different themes. West delivered an 11-minute spiel in which he accused MTV of exploiting his infamous Taylor Swift interruption back in 2009 for ratings. West also took the opportunity to announce his intention to run for president in 2020.
Sporting a Kate Gosselin haircut, circa 2007, Justin Bieber tearfully completed his performance. A source close to Bieber said, “He worked so hard not just on the performance but himself. He didn’t know how people would accept him. When he saw them on their feet cheering, he was overwhelmed.”
Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé led all nominations going into the evening, but who walked away with statues?
Here’s a full list of the evening’s winners:
Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood.
Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk.
Female Video: Taylor Swift, Blank Space.
Hip-hop Video: Nicki Minaj, Anaconda.
Pop Video: Taylor Swift, Blank Space.
Rock Video: Fall Out Boy, Uma Thurman.
Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap, Trap Queen.
Collaboration: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood.
Video with a Social Message: Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend, One Man Can Change the World.
Art Direction: Snoop Dogg – So Many Pros (Jason Fijal).
Choreography: OK Go – I Won’t Let You Down (OK Go, air: man and Mori Harano).
Cinematography: Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me (Larkin Sieple).
Direction: Kendrick Lamar – Alright (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies).
Editing: Beyonce – 7/11 (Beyonce, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing).
Visual Effects: Skrillex & Diplo – Where Are U Now with Justin Bieber (Brewer).
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West.