After Swift won the top prize for ‘Bad Blood’, Cyrus was backstage speaking and hiding behind a curtain, but one of her breasts appeared onscreen before the camera cut away. MTV said that the clip will be removed from all future broadcasts.
Cyrus closed the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a performance which started with the line: “Yeah, I spoke pot.”
She’s not the only one: West — who said he got high before going onstage on Sunday — gave a rambling speech as he apologised to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009, admitting “I don’t understand awards shows”, bashing MTV, and claiming he would run for president in 2020.
Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
“This arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different setup, this stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone, but the affect that it had on people remained,” West said of running onstage during Swift’s speech at the 2009 VMAs.
“The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists but, in that fight, I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing.”
It was just one of the dramatic moments at the awards show.
Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus 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 bitch 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.
Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award. “I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it’s no big deal. It’s just an award and I persevered,” she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj. She ended with: “Congratulations Nicki.”
In the recent interview, Cyrus criticised Minaj for her “pop star war” with Swift that began in July. On the show, however, that “war” appeared to be over, with Swift joining the rapper during her performance of the ‘The Night Is Still Young’. Both in red, Swift performed some of her hit, ‘Bad Blood’, and the two closed with a hug.
The beef began in July when the nominations were announced and Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with ‘Anaconda,’ was not up for video of the year.
She tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and said black female entertainers don’t get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift, the top nominee with 10 nods, thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online, but later apologised.
Swift’s wins included best female video and pop video for ‘Blank Space’ and video of the year for ‘Bad Blood’.
“I know there’s been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I’m just happy that in 2015 we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers,” Swift said onstage after winning the top prize.
Justin Bieber returned to the big stage with slick dance moves to his hit ‘Where Are U Now’ and new single, ‘What Do You Mean’. He was emotional by the end of the performance and cried.
The Weeknd’s performance of ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ was energetic and smooth, and even West, Swift, and Selena Gomez got out of their chairs to dance. And Demi Lovato brought a sexy vibe when she sang her anthemic ‘Cool for the Summer’ outdoors.
Cyrus hosted the VMAs two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for ‘Wrecking Ball’.