On August 30th, MTV aired their annual Video Music Awards, and as usual, the night was filled with startling accusations, revelations, and outfits.
The show began with a joint performance of Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. Other musicians who performed throughout the course of the night were still slightly relevant Justin Bieber, up and coming artist The Weeknd, blast from the recent past Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ex Disney star Demi Lovato, Pharrell, and duo Twenty One Pilots along with A$AP Rocky, which worked (somehow).
The performances were somewhat enjoyable, in comparison to past performances that can be described as mentally scarring. With that being said some mentally scarring performances included but are not limited to foam fingers and Robin Thicke.
Taylor Swift received the Video of the Year award for her video Bad Blood with Kendrick Lamar. Taylor Swift also received the award for Best Pop Video for Blank Space. Other recipients included Kendrick Lamar (Alright), Nicki Minaj (Anaconda), Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk), Fall Out Boy (Uma Thurman), and Fetty Wap (Trap Queen), and Big Sean (One Man Can Change The World).
While receiving her award, Nicki Minaj decided to attack Miley Cyrus, after what Miley Cyrus said to the New York Times about Nicki’s reaction to her videos being snubbed after the list of nominees were announced. Miley Cyrus said that “What [she] read sounded very Nicki Minaj which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite.”
Kanye West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard, presented by Taylor Swift. Kanye took his time on the stage and on the air to deliver a powerful message about art and the idea of making artists feel bad for the art.
Kanye closed his speech by confirming that he will be running for president in 2020, becoming the first to announce his bid for the oval office.
Since then, many twitter posts have circulated pitting Kanye against presidential candidate Donald Trump. The general consensus was that many twitter users would rather support Mr. West. Donald Trump seems to believe that Kanye “goes around saying ‘Trump is my all-time hero,’” according to an article published by NBC.