Taylor Swift Has A Big Night At The Video Music Awards
August 31, 2015 at 3:57 AM (PT)
TAYLOR SWIFT was the queen of MTV's Video Music Awards, taking home several awards, including Video of the Year for "Bad Blood."
"I'm just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers," SWIFT said while accepting the big honor. SWIFT beat out BEYONCE, ED SHEERAN, MARK RONSON and LAMAR for the top prize. She also was awarded the Best Female Video for "Blank Space," saying "I wanna thank the fans for watching the video a billion times." Earlier in the show, SWIFT won Best Pop Video honor for "Blank Space."
CBS reports, "and if fans didn't get enough T-SWIFT, the songstress was on hand to present KANYE WEST with the prestigious MICHAEL JACKSON Video Vanguard Award, which previously went to DAVID BOWIE, MICHAEL JACKSON and MADONNA. This came as a bit of a surprise because as many recall WEST was the one who interrupted SWIFT in 2009 while accepting Best Female Video -- to proclaim that award should have gone to BEYONCE's 'Single Ladies'."
"I first met KANYE WEST six years ago -- at this show actually!" SWIFT said. "I have been a fan of his since I remember ... I'm really happy for you and I'm going to let you finish," before calling him one of the greatest artists of all time and her "friend."
WEST gave a rambling speech in which he touched on his daughter, NORTH WEST, moving on to being high and then winners and losers at the GRAMMYS -- noting he thinks JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE should have won Album of the Year in 2007. WEST then provided newscasts with what might be the most played moment of the night, saying, "I have decided in 2020 to run for president."
The show kicked off with WALK THE MOON performing "Shut Up and Dance" and NICK JONAS with "Levels." CBS notes, "A few awards were announced ahead of the show, too. FALL OUT BOY received Best Rock Video for "Uma Thurman," beating out WALK THE MOON, ARCTIC MONKEYS, FLORENCE + THE MACHINE and HOZIER. And SWIFT premiered her new video for "Wildest Dreams," which co-stars SCOTT EASTWOOD.
Host MILEY CYRUS provided those watching with lots of looks -- some more revealing that others. THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS has a revealing look at her fashion statements.
NICKI MINAJ and a special guest TAYLOR SWIFT got things rolling, "If you're happy to be alive, make some noise right now!" MINAJ said as she began the show. "MINAJ played a montage of her hits, including 'The Night is Still Young,' where she was joined by SWIFT. They even performed part of SWIFT's 'Bad Blood' -- showing the crowd there is no real 'bad blood' between them after trading words over TWITTER following the VMAs nominations announcement earlier this SUMMER. The music performances continued with MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS performing 'Downtown' outside in downtown L.A. It's the same stage where DEMI LOVATO sang her hit 'Cool for the SUMMER' during the show."
CYRUS said, "This is a show that hasn't had a host for the last two years, a tradition they will probably return to immediately following tonight's show. I have literally done everything on the VMAs stage and none of it showed I was qualified to host."
MINAJ won best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda," and thanked her "beautiful fans" and her pastor.
Presenters included BRITNEY SPEARS, REBEL WILSON, ICE CUBE, JOHN LEGEND, KYLIE JENNER, O'SHEA JACKSON, JR., RITA ORA, NE-YO, MIGUEL, EMILY RATAJKOWSKI, JUSSIE SMOLLET and SERAYAH.
One of the other memorable moment of the evening came from JUSTIN BIEBER, who sang "Where Are U Now" and "What Do You Mean," then crouched down on the stage and cried.
- Video of the Year: TAYLOR SWIFT ft. KENDRICK LAMAR - "Bad Blood"
- Best Male Video: MARK RONSON ft. BRUNO MARS - "Uptown Funk"
- Best Female Video: TAYLOR SWIFT - "Blank Space"
- Best Rock Video: FALL OUT BOY - "Uma Thurman"
- Best Pop Video: TAYLOR SWIFT - "Blank Space"
- Best Video with a Social Message: BIG SEAN ft. KANYE WEST and JOHN LEGEND - "One Man Can Change the World"
- Best Hip-Hop Video: NICKI MINAJ - "Anaconda"
- Artist to Watch: FETTY WAP - "Trap Queen"
- Song of Summer: 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER - "She's Kinda Hot"
- Best Editing: BEYONCÉ - "7/11"
- Best Direction: KENDRICK LAMAR - "Alright"
- Best Cinematography: FLYING LOTUS ft. KENDRICK LAMAR - "Never Catch Me"
- Best Choreography: OK GO - "I Won't Let You Down"
- Best Art Direction: TAYLOR SWIFT ft. KENDRICK LAMAR - "Bad Blood"
- Best Visual Effects: SKRILLEX and DIPLO ft. JUSTIN BIEBER - "Where Are U Now"
- MICHAEL JACKSON Video Vanguard Award: KANYE WEST