VMAs 2015: Minaj fuels spat with Cyrus, Bieber breaks down on stage

Wade Sheridan
Host Miley Cyrus appears backstage following the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Host Miley Cyrus appears backstage following the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- From Miley Cyrus' revealing outfits to Justin Bieber crying on stage, this year's MTV Video Music Awards were full of shocking and jaw-dropping moments, as the biggest names in music celebrated pop culture at the Microsoft theater in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday evening.

One of the most unexpected and talked about moments involved a verbal spat between host Miley Cyrus and Best Hip-Hop Video award winner Nicki Minaj. The Anaconda singer wrapped up her acceptance speech by calling out Cyrus for alleged comments she made on Thursday to the New York Times. Cyrus mentioned in that interview how Minaj could have better handled her brief Twitter feud with Taylor Swift saying "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj, is not too kind."


Minaj took those comments personally when she attacked Cyrus onstage saying "Back to this [expletive] that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley Cyrus, what's good?"

Cyrus responded back defensively "We're all in this industry. We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate [expletive. Nicki, congratulations." Minaj could then be seen mouthing expletives towards Cyrus again.


The incident came about after Minaj and Swift seemingly squashed any beef they had by taking the stage together for an opening ceremony duet. Minaj's sexy performance of Trini dem Girls echoed carnival in the Carribean with Minaj, Swift and her back-up dancers all sporting bright red, flashy outfits.

Another singer who turned up the heat while appearing cool and collected was Demi Lovato, who rocked the stage with Iggy Azalea and performed her new single Cool for the Summer where she donned a dominatrix-style leotard.

Justin Bieber also left the crowd speechless during his emotional performance of Where Are U Now and his new single What Do You Mean?. Bieber showcased some impressive falsetto dance moves and ended his set hunched over on his knees breathing heavily as tears ran down his face. A redeeming moment for the once troubled pop-star.

Some other notable performances of the evening included The Weekend's Can't Feel My Face and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performing Downtown.

As usual, Cyrus showed off some skin in a plethora of surprising outfits. The Wrecking Ball singer did not disappoint showcasing nine different ensembles throughout the show including a polka dotted jumpsuit, a flashy mirrored one-piece and one raunchy outfit that covered the star's chest with cartoon looking eyes.


Cyrus closed out the award show with a drag queen filled performance of her own and even announced a brand-new mixtape entitled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz currently available for free.

This year's Video Music Awards also featured an obligatory Kanye West rant complete with the rapper declaring that he wold be running for president in 2020.

Plenty of Jeremy Scott designed Moonman's were handed out Sunday with the full list below:

Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"

Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

Best Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

Best Video With a Social Message: Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"

Song of the Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer, "She's Kinda Hot"


Best Collaboration: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Best Direction: Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" (Colin Tilley & the Little Homies)

Best Choreography: OK Go, "I Won't Let You Down" (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

Best Cinematography: Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me" (Larkin Sieple)

Best Art Direction: Snoop Dogg, "So Many Pros" (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)

Best Editing: Beyoncé, "7/11" (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)

Best Visual Effects: Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, "Where Are U Now" (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)

Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap

Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

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