The MTV Video Music Awards never fail to entertain whether the stars are decked out in some out-of-this world fashion statement or some dramatic feud ensues. With ex-Disney star Miley Cyrus hosting the show and the always eclectic Kanye West receiving the most prestigious award for the evening, Sunday night’s VMA’s were definitely one for the history books. It has definitely got to be the first of its kind with a bid for presidential candidacy, but we’ll get back to that a bit later!
Some of the best moments last night were some combination of genuine, hilariously funny, dramatic and even a little bit of uncomfortable at times—but not too uncomfortable, like let’s say Miley Cyrus’ entire hosting of the show. Here were the greatest moments from the 32nd annual VMAs:
Tori Kelly SLAYS
In one of the very few moments of normalcy last night, Tori Kelly took the stage to perform her hit song “Should’ve Been Us” and as always, when she decides to bless us with her near-perfect vocals, she NAILED it. The YouTube sensation looked stunning and was an absolute powerhouse on the stage, exhibiting major rockage on her electric guitar as well as a lovely composure. It’s been a heck of a year for Kelly and her career is just beginning to take off. As she is usually a very anticipated performer, one can only imagine just how big she will get. I bet you Simon Cowell is somewhere regretting he turned her down on American Idol!
Big Sean Accepts First VMA
Big Sean might be a star, but he can still get starstruck! He accepted his very first VMA, the award for Video With A Social Message for “One Man Can Change The World” beside rapper Kanye West and artist John Legend, who was also receiving his first VMA. Sean gave a touching speech in dedication to his passed grandmother, praising her for all of her accomplishments as a black woman and being the one that made him believe that anything is possible. Following that, he deeply thanked his mentor Kanye West for giving him the opportunity to live out his dream, closing with an “I love you.” It was an undeniably genuine speech. He then took to Twitter to write: “I performed w/ Hov last night, won a #VMA today for the most honest song I ever done w/ my idol. Man I’m so inpsired…”
It’s always nice to see someone in the spotlight remain SO humble. Great speech by Big Sean and definitely well-deserved.
Nicki Minaj Calls Out Miley Cyrus
Now depending on what side of this popularity contest you’re on you may have loved or hated this particular moment, but you were DEFINITELY paying close attention. You also may have thought it was all one big act for ratings, entertainment, and all that good stuff, BUT this feud may be as real as it gets. As Nicki Minaj delivered her speech after winning Best Hip Hop Video for “Anaconda” things took a very irreligious turn after she thanked her pastor. Minaj turned her attention to host Miley Cyrus calling out the “b*tch that had a lot to say about [her] the other day in the press. Miley what’s good” in reference to her recent comments about Minaj to the New York Times. Following Minaj’s outcry for not being nominated for Best Female Video, Miley told the Times that there was no need for Nicki to start a pop star war. Obviously, Nicki did not take kindly to the accusations. Miley fired back at Nicki with a pretty unintimidated “we’re all this industry, we all do interviews” and a fiery “congratu-fu*ckin-lations.” If it was staged, it was definitely believable, but I don’t think this is the last we’ll be hearing of this feud. Could they go the distance?
Taylor, Kanye, and the President.
We all know the history between Taylor Swift and Kanye West, so having Swift present Kanye with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award may have been pure genius. Taylor was classy and gracious, acknowledging the other artists in the audience, but interjecting with a “Ima let you finish but, Kanye West had one of the best careers of all time!” It was perfect, really. Kanye basked in the glory of the audience cheering his name, but his speech (at least to start out) was beautiful and completely opposite of the Kanye we saw a couple of years ago, rudely interrupting Swift’s speech for Best Video Of the Year, (which she won again Sunday night over Beyonce). He gave an endearing speech about how having a daughter has completely put things in perspective for him and if he had a daughter earlier in his career, what would he have done differently. Would he have taken Taylor’s microphone years back, for example? Kanye acknowledged how he disrespected other artists in the past, as a smiling and appreciative Taylor Swift stood beside Kim Kardashian, but it was all in his good intentions to defend art.
It was understandable. It was charming. It was engaging. It was a sermon full of truth and Kanye-isms. On MTV, Kanye criticized award shows for giving people a platform to be losers and how his altercation with Swift was constantly replayed for nothing but ratings. Needless to say, the Kanye we all know and either love to hate or hate to love came out full force, and it was fantastically great. Whether he was high, drunk, or feeling himself it was just the perfect portrait of the Jekyll and Hyde character that is Kanye West. Or should I say the presidential candidate for 2020?—Yes. Kanye closed out his speech by announcing his bid for the presidency in five years. Oh Kanye. Can you just imagine a presidential war between Trump and Kanye. It would be, as Future would say… sensational.