Taylor Swift leads VMA winners but Minaj-Cyrus fued overshadows
Swift won video of the year, the night’s top award, for the star-studded music video of her revenge song “Bad Blood”
Taylor Swift may have won the most Moonmans on Sunday but it was her reunion with rapper Kanye West on the MTV Video Music Awards stage that stole the show, as West declared he will run for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
West, who famously stormed the stage and snatched the microphone from Swift in 2009 during her acceptance speech, was given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award on Sunday by Swift, in a VMA moment that came full circle.
“Everyone in the world knew about our infamous encounter at the VMAs, but something you may not know is Kanye West’s album ‘College Dropout’ is the very first album I bought on iTunes,” Swift said.
“If I had a daughter at that time when I went on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else ... after that night, the stage was gone, but the effect it had on people remain,” he said. He ended his speech by declaring, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” quickly riling up social media.
Swift won video of the year, the night’s top award, for the star-studded music video of her revenge song “Bad Blood,” which is reportedly about her feud with singer Katy Perry
Sunday’s show was all about the shock factor as a scantily clad Miley Cyrus, 22, cursed her way through her hosting duties, flashed her bare breast accidentally and performed a new song about smoking marijuana.
There was more drama involving Cyrus when Nicki Minaj called her out after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper was being a poor sport about not receiving a nomination for video of the year.
After collecting best hip-hop video for “Anaconda,” Minaj told the audience: “And now back to this b**** that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Minaj’s microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with “we all know how they manipulate” words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times.
List of the 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: Beyoncé - "7/11" (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Visual Effects: lex & Diplo - "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West.
[With the Associated Press]