MTV’s annual VMA show full of surprises

Ryan Jackson, Staff Writer

Whether you’re “Team Miley,” or “Team Nicki,” there was plenty of drama encompassed in this year’s showing of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Every year several big-name pop stars get together in what some would politely describe as a joke of an awards show called the MTV VMAs. With ridiculous outfits and even more ridiculous speeches to follow, this one night all the leaders of the so-called illuminate gather in one room to one-up the next one. This year was no exception.

If you missed the VMAs, I’m sure you heard about it through various social media platforms. Taylor Swift claimed victory for two of her music videos, one being Best Female Video of the year and the other Video of the Year. Both are incredible honors no matter the competition, but you must have thought Kanye was going to pull another, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” This year he did a much better job of self-control and held back the urge.

Kanye even grabbed an award himself, and it’s considered one of the biggest awards at the VMAs. He accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Not only that, but Taylor Swift was the one who presented it to the iconic say-whatever-I’m-thinking star. After accepting, he stood for nearly two minutes allowing for applause. Then he proceded to be Kanye, even stating, “Y’all might be thinking right now, ‘I wonder did he smoke something before he came out here?’ And the answer is yes, I rolled up a little something, I knocked the edge off,” finishing his speech off with his announcement to run for president in 2020.

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift ended their Twitter beef from earlier this summer, and then Nicki turned around and started new drama with Miley Cyrus by calling her out on stage. The words become a little too explicit to describe, but it went along the lines of “I heard you were talking smack.” Whether it was staged or not, the fear in Cyrus’s face seemed all too real.

It wasn’t all about showboats and crazy speeches, though. If you have any sort of social media accounts, you’ve probably seen all the memes and GIFs created focusing around The Weekend’s performance. I mean, he was practically standing in fire. If you don’t know, The Weekend, while singing “I Can’t Feel My Face,” was surrounded by a pyrotechnic display that could have ended very badly.

Justin Bieber showed us that he was human after all by crying on stage. Fans took to Twitter shortly after the breakdown by saying the pop star cried due to the recent relationship of Selena Gomez (Bieber’s ex-girlfriend) and Chief Keef (Chicago-based rapper). Whatever the case may be for the water works, Bieber was the butt of many jokes, even rocking a new hair cut that was only described as the “can I speak to your manager mom cut.”

The VMAs never cease to amaze, always bringing in some of the most well-known artists and giving them their night of glory. I’m still not convinced on whether I’m “Team Miley,” or “Team Nicki,” but one thing is for sure — I know who I’m voting for in 2020.