Kanye for President and so Much More from the 2015 VMAs

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

And you thought we were off to an early start to the 2016 presidential campaigns? While Democrats and Republicans spend their summer traipsing across Iowa to lock in a portion of that state’s nomination, Kanye West leapfrogged the whole crew, announcing he will run for president in 2020 at the VMAs, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

He’ll have plenty of time to get his campaign in order. In the meantime, he also used his 13-minute acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to articulate his philosophy of defending artists and make good with Taylor Swift for crashing her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 VMAs.

Taylor had a smoother ride to the stage this time – many of them, actually, one to present Kanye with his award and one to accept each of her four Moonmen, including one for Video of the Year for Bad Blood with Kendrick Lamar. The VMA mainstay also helped open the show with a make-good moment/surreal performance with one-time Twitter nemesis Nicki Minaj.

The real-time make-up act punctuated a night of dazzling performances, including Justin Beiber’s emotionally charged return and a funky upbeat outdoor collaboration between Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel and Eric Nally.

Miley Cyrus hung over the whole wild scene in self-deprecating glory, slamming through ostentatious outfit changes and diving into skits with Snoop Dogg and Andy Samberg. She closed out the show performing with psych rock legends The Flaming Lips and making the surprise announcement that her new album was available for free, online, right now.

Check out the most-talked-about moments and a list of Moonmen winners below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood

BEST MALE VIDEO

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk 

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

BEST POP VIDEO

Taylor Swift – Blank Space 

BEST ROCK VIDEO

Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman

ARTIST TO WATCH presented by Taco Bell®

Fetty Wap – Trap Queen

BEST COLLABORATION

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – One Man Can Change the World

SONG OF SUMMER presented by Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

5 Seconds of Summer — She’s Kinda Hot

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

BEST ART DIRECTION

Snoop Dogg – So Many Pros (Jason Fijal)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

OK Go – I Won’t Let You Down (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me (Larkin Sieple

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – Alright (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)

BEST EDITING

Beyoncé – 7/11 (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing) 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Skrillex & Diplo – Where Are U Now with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Related Posts

Want to leave a comment?