The Biggest Upsets at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
August 31, 2015, 12:12 P.M.
Well, MTV has certainly outdone itself in terms of how outrageous an awards show can be in two-and-a-half hours. Sure, there were plenty of unforgettable moments during the show, but there were plenty more disappointing ones as well.
Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky's performance
An awkward collaboration from the beginning, Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky ultimately failed to deliver the commendable performance they are capable of doing. They rushed through the five songs on their set list -- not to mention they all sounded the same.
Kanye doesn't perform, despite receiving Vanguard Award
For the past two years, the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award have performed 15-minute sets of songs prior to receiving their award. This year, however, Kanye's performance was replaced with an acceptance speech lasting almost as long as one of these performances. We were so looking forward to seeing Kanye belt all his hits from "Gold Digger" to "All Day," but instead got to listen to him ramble for twelve minutes about how sorry he was about his famous incident at the 2009 VMA's.
No "Bad Blood" Remix featuring Nicki Minaj
When Nicki Minaj brought out Taylor Swift during her performance, it not only shut down rumors that the two were still feuding about their Twitter exchange last month, but it also raised hopes for new music between the two of them. After performing "The Night is Still Young" together, Taylor sang the first few lines of "Bad Blood," which had us crossing fingers for a surprise verse from Minaj, but the performance awkwardly ended after one chorus.
Last year's Bangerz showed the world what Miley Cyrus was capable of doing -- putting together an incredible album that scored her first Grammy nomination. The premiere of her new song "Dooo It!" and unexpected free full-length album afterwards was a huge let-down. The song itself, to say the least, was trash.
5SOS wins Song of the Summer
It's a shame that just because artists (like 5 Seconds of Summer) have a strong fan base, they get enough votes to earn their song the title of "Song of the Summer." The song -- "She's Kinda Hot" -- has only peaked at no. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went up against this year's REAL summer anthems: "Cheerleader," "Bad Blood," "Where Are U Now," and "Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)." Of all twelve songs nominated in the category, this one was least-deserving of the award.