MTV VMAs 2015: Five reasons it was all a mess – Los Angeles Times

The 2015 Video Music Awards will, rightfully, be best remembered as a fiery train wreck where casualties, chest-clutching awkwardness and “oh no they didn’t” absurdity were in abundance.

Somewhere between a provoked Nicki Minaj cursing out Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber rising from the stage as if he were Christ and Kanye West delivering a stream of consciousness that did everything from exposing award show ratings ploys to announcing a run for president (jokingly, we think), it was clear that none of the pop stars who showed up bothered to care or censor themselves.

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The entire telecast was one disastrous mess after another. Here’s five standouts that are going to be hard to scrub from our brains:

Nicki Minaj checking Miley: Oh, so you thought Minaj wouldn’t clap back at Cyrus’ recent New York Times interview? Wrong — so very wrong. Accepting the Moonman for best hip-hop video, the provocative pop-rapper thanked everyone from her fans to her own pastor (because, YOLO) before turning her focus to Cyrus. “”Now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press the other day. … Miley, what’s good?” Minaj quipped, in response to Cyrus’ take on the media-fueled brouhaha between the rapper and Taylor Swift.

Was it staged? Maybe, probably, but who cares? The look on Cyrus’ face when Minaj put down the award to lay in to her was a reminder that sometimes keeping it real can go awry. And no one thought to put a camera backstage? 

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