MTV honors 2015’s best music videos at VMAs

Alyssa Lobue , Teen Interest Editor

e held on August 30, honored the best musicians of the year. The two-hour feature started off with a bang when Miley Cyrus, the chosen host of the 2015 VMA’s, made a memorable entrance by sliding down a rainbow slide to the middle of the stage to welcome the audience.

“I have literally done everything on the VMA stage and none of that showed that I was qualified to host. But here we are,” Cyrus said.

Brittany Spears then came onstage to present the first award, Best Male Video, to Mark Ronson for his single Uptown Funk, which featured Bruno Mars. The Best Female Video was awarded to Blank Space by Taylor Swift. The award for Artist to Watch was given to Fetty Wap. Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy was awarded the Best Rock Video. Video of The Year was awarded to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. Swift thanked Kendrick Lamar , whose rap was featured on the single as well as all others who worked to present the video.

“I’m just happy that, in 2015, we live for a world where boys can play princesses, and girls can play soldiers,” Lamar said.

There were several artist performances such as the collaboration between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj for Bad Blood, which was believed to end the heat left over from the Twitter feud when Swift believed she was called out by a rant about the MTV Video Music Awards nominations. Following that performance, Can’t Feel My Face by The Weekend was performed. Miley Cyrus took a small break from hosting the show to perform a song off her new album titled Dooo It. Justin Bieber sang his newest single, Where Are U Now, and broke down sobbing towards the end.

“It was so overwhelming for me … everything, the performance. I worked so hard at the album. I’ve worked so hard at just becoming the man that I want to become and then stepping into situations you can’t help but feel judged. What was so special about the emotional moment, it was authentic and real. I wanted that so bad,” Bieber said.

Demi Lovato performed Cool For The Summer, with a surprise appearance from Iggy Azalea but seemed to have received mixed responses from the new look. Singer P!nk voiced her opinion about not only Lovato by others as well over Instagram.

“I felt embarrassed and sad. And old. We’re getting old. In all seriousness, I felt sad because music’s supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won’t save any kids lives. In a world even scarier and with lives worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my peers. Besides Macklemore and Pharell and Bieber(pre sob fest) and The Weekend. Tori Kelly was dope too. The rest was gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe,” she posted.

Demi took her performance a whole different way as she saw herself showing body positivity by her outfit, which resembled a black and purple rhinestone studded body wrap complete with leggings and silver sparkled black boots.

“It took so much for me to get to a place where I would feel comfortable enough to do that. It’s showing all of my fans who know my story that I’ve gone from hating every part of my body to doing a photo shoot in my underwear in front of the entire world,” Lovato said.

One of the most memorable moments from the show was Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award.

“I don’t know what I gonna lose after this. It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about thoughts. New thoughts. People with thoughts. People who believe truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” West said.

It has been very unclear about Kanye West’s seriousness about his political stance but the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party showed appreciation towards his statement and tweeted their support.

“Last night @kanyewest declared his candidacy for president in 2020. Welcome to the race, Mr. West. Glad to have you.  — The Democrats,” they tweeted.