The 2015 MTV VMAs aired last night, ,and in case you missed it there were plenty of hashtags on Instagram to keep you up to speed. Congrats to all the winners including:
- Best Female Video / Pop Video / Collaboration: Taylor Swift, ‘Bad Blood’
- Best Male Video: Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
- Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, ‘Anaconda’
- Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap, ‘Trap Queen’
- Best Editing: Beyoncé, ‘7/11’
So my top Instagram worthy moments would definitely be Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus and Kanye West announcing his “presidency run” in 2020.
Nicki Minaj opened up the show with her latest single ‘Trini Dem Girls’ from The Pinkprint. She then went into ‘The Night Is Still Young’ and brought out Taylor Swift. The set which could’ve simply ended had to go a step further with Taylor singing the hook to ‘Bad Blood.’ It just wasn’t a great transition and if she was going to do it she should’ve came out to “Bandaids don’t fix bullet holes” and kept going from there. It was cool to see them on stage being that their was a little spat between the two when the nominees were announced. It’s clear that all beef, if any, was squashed.
The performance overall was okay, yet I’m not a fan of Nicki’s dancing. She’s alight, but she’s a bit extra so it doesn’t look right. She sure did redeem herself from her wardrobe malfunction last year. Then she ends up winning the award for Hip Hop Video for ‘Anaconda’ (video review HERE). Based off the nominees I could see why she won although I wouldn’t have minded Big Sean’s, ‘IDFWU’ (video review HERE). Anyway she had a few choice words for Miley Cyrus who had this to say about Nicki.
People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it. […] If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type. (via Entertainment Weekly)
Nicki being the New Yorker that she is and one to never hold her tongue or shade called out Miley even calling her a b*tch.
This surely did cause an uproar on social media with people, well the Barbz and anti-Miley fans, rooting for Nicki’s comments. I don’t see why Nicki had to take it there on that platform. A lot of what she does just isn’t genuine to me so it could have been a publicity stunt just like the mediocre beef between her boo Meek Mill and Drake. Miley clearly said she didn’t agree, well respect what Nicki had to say about the VMA nominees, yet she never said she didn’t respect Nicki. People can agree to disagree, but Nicki went a little too far by calling Miley a b*tch. To want to empower women and be all down for the cause, it wasn’t necessary. I guess her goal was more so to pack a punch.
Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award and surprise surprise his presenter was Taylor Swift. For those who don’t remember, Kanye snatched the mic from Taylor in 2009 when she won over Beyoncé in a category. Kanye being the CEO of the Beyoncé fan club, wasn’t feeling it and held no punches in rooting for Beyoncé, hurting Taylor’s feelings, and causing a scene simultaneously.
Of all the rants that Kanye has done, he decided to announce that he wanted to run for President of the United States in 2020. Regardless of what people think of the current state of politics, Kanye is not a politician. Kanye is a rapper, a philosophical person with lots of views. Yet, I don’t want to vote nor see him run for President. He has a lane, that he needs to stay. He can do more work for the country by lifting the community. Hopefully it was all talk and the “high” that he had to “take off the edge” was the cause.
Minus the drama filled moments, award shows are pretty boring to me. I haven’t really enjoyed any award show on any network for quite some time which is why this review is my take on what took to social media. Clearly, that’s what’s really important. It’s never about the music anymore.