Taylor Swift tops as Kanye West rambles at the MTV Video Music Awards
This year's MTV Video Music Awards saw Taylor Swift win video of the year, Miley Cyrus had a brief wardrobe malfunction and Kanye West unleash a trademark rant.
After Swift won the top prize for her song Bad Blood, Cyrus was backstage speaking and hiding behind a curtain, but one of her breasts was briefly exposed before the camera cut away. MTV vowed to remove the clip 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 smoke pot."
She's not the only one. West - who said he got high before going onstage on Sunday - gave a rambling speech as he apologized to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009. "I don't understand awards shows," he said before bashing MTV, and claiming he would run for president in 2020.
Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award yesterday.
"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."
It was just one of the dramatic moments at the awards show. Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the VMAs 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: "Now back to this b***h that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what's good?" Minaj's microphone was then cut off.
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 criticized 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 row 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 apologized.
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," she 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 onstage.