Leave it to the MTV Video Music Awards to give folks plenty to talk about the next day.
There was plenty of ego to go with tears, politics and surprise moments (hello, Miley’s boob). Seriously. We are not even joking.
Here’s what you may have missed if you didn’t catch this year’s VMAs:
It all started out so great.
Taylor Swift gave a nod to the now-infamous VMAs incident from 2009, and while we’d have liked to see Jay Z bestow the Vanguard honor to his brother in Roc Nation, we were happy to see Kanye smiling and excited to accept his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Typical Taylor, in her never-an-ill-thing-to-say fashion, included that West’s “College Dropout” album was the first she purchased on iTunes when she was 12. We all felt really, really old at this point. Then West took to the stage and thanked Swift, and things quickly went left.
He launched into a rundown of the aftermath of interrupting Swift those many years ago and literally decided to go after MTV for their promotional tactics, “You know how many times MTV ran that footage again, ’cause it got them more ratings?” He also said “bro” a lot. Not in a way that was funny, but in a way that instantly made me feel that Kanye is one of our own and sounds like my homeboy from down the street.
While all of us were perplexed and still trying to catch up to Kanye’s mind, he ended his speech with the Flex bombs of all Flex bombs by announcing, “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.”
Then he literally dropped the mic.
And Then, Miley Flashed ‘Merica
By now, we all know that Miley Cyrus gives no f*cks and will do whatever it is she’s feeling in the moment. There were skits about how she acts out on Instagram thanks to her “Instagram Think Tank” and one borderline offensive one about her with her “mammy,” (WTF…) rapper Snoop Dogg and some marijuana brownies.
Cyrus made liberal use of the tape delay, as she cursed all she wanted, and her fashion throughout the evening was a cluster of color and skin.
— Miley Cyrus Fashion (@StylishCyrus) August 31, 2015
She also pulled a Beyonce and announced (after closing out the show with a performance) that her new album, “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz,” was now streaming online for free. In case anyone cared.
Justin Bieber Caught The Feels
The Biebs came out of hiding to hit the stage. He sang the always joyful, “Where Are U Now” and his new single “What Do You Mean,” (all these questions!) and everything seemed to be going pretty well minus his attempt to channel mentor Usher Raymod and invoke the sing/dance combo. The boy Biebs lost his breath, y’all.
At the end, though, Justin broke all the way down. Like he appeared to be sobbing on stage. Was he grateful for the audience response in light of his rough years? Was he overwhelmed by locking eyes with Selena Gomez in the front row?
We aren’t sure, it looked a whole lot like Chris Brown’s similar tear-fest during his performance at the BET Awards in 2010 following all the bad press he got after assaulting Rihanna. Feel free to compare and contrast.
Nicki Minaj Makes Nice and Not So Much
The show opened with Nicki Minaj giving us her all (and tons of feathers) during her performance of “The Night Is Still Young.” Taylor Swift joined her, proving that the pair had put their earlier misunderstanding behind them. It was all love as the pair segued from Minaj’s song into Swift’s hit “Bad Blood.”
— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015
Buuuttttt…while Minaj and Swift are all good, that is definitely not the case for Minaj and Miley Cyrus.
While accepting the best hip-hop video award for her song “Anaconda,” Minaj thanked her pastor and proceeded to take a jab at Cyrus over a New York Times story in which Cyrus appeared to insert herself directly into Minaj’s lions den per the whole Swift v. Minaj tweef.
“And now, back to this b***h that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj said, gesturing at Cyrus. “Miley, what’s good?”
Cyrus seemed to take it in stride, responding, “Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate s**t. Nicki, congratulations.”
That’s all folks! Another VMAs in the books!