The 2016 MTV VMAs air this Sunday, and there’s no better way to honor the show than to relive the best moments from 2015.
Needless to say, it was very entertaining; in fact, it might be difficult to top. With Miley Cyrus as the host, there were tons of LOL, OMG and WTF moments throughout the night. So let’s get this party started! Here are the most unpredictable — and a couple of predictable — things that we’ll never be able to erase from our memories.
Miley Cyrus caused a controversy within seconds of being at the VMAs
Ruling: Come on, people. She’s the Queen of Controversy. This was oh, so, predictable.
why is miley* cyrus* wearing dreads how many times is she gonna appropriate black culture
— ℘ (@teenbeanmovie) August 28, 2015
Miley cyrus went way out of the line by wearing dreads wtf
— M💕 (@mxryaaaam) August 27, 2015
Justin Bieber started crying, and it wasn’t staged
This blew me away. For the first time, I actually kind of felt for the guy. He gave the VMA performance his all; you could tell he wanted to impress everyone. He does deserve some kudos: He was really singing! It was very apparent, thanks to all the heavy breathing happening into the mic. But despite that, I liked his new song, “What Do You Mean?”, and I was pleasantly surprised by his whole performance (I was hesitant to admit that). Maybe this guy really is growing up. I don’t have #BieberFever yet, but he could sway me if he keeps on being genuine. Ruling: really, really unpredictable.
— People (@people) August 31, 2015
Taylor Swift made a Kanye West “I’mma let you finish” joke
Ya, ya, ya, we all knew that was coming. We didn’t know Taylor Swift was presenting the Vanguard Award to him, though. Makes sense. She likes to publicly squash her beef with fellow performers (cough, cough, performing with Nikki Minaj). Ruling: predictable.
Kim Kardashian’s nipple was on full display
It was a bit nipple-y when I was on the red carpet earlier in the night, but if this is any indication, MTV needed to amp up the heaters at L.A. Live. Then again, Kim K’s pregnant; I’m sure that’s a side effect. Even Miley Cyrus made a little jab about Kim K.’s nipples, exclaiming that was going to be one lucky baby.
— jordan russell (@jorussofficial) August 31, 2015
Someone made us flashback to the infamous Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake denim outfits
I feel like this happens every year, which I’m fine with. I don’t mind revisiting the fantastic years that were JT and Britney, bitch. The flashback at the 2015 VMAs was courtesy of Pharrell and his wife. Who wore it better? You tell us! Ruling: unpredictable.
Image: Getty Images
Nick Jonas grabbed his crotch for screaming, prepubescent fans
I would like to personally thank him for this. He knows it’s one of his best assets. I’ve already contributed 1,473 views to this video. Ruling: predictable, and on replay.
Kanye West’s made a… is that called a speech?
I mean… I have no words. He had no complete sentences. It was by far the most baffling thing I’ve ever seen (aside from the movie The Happening). I will ponder over his speech’s meaning for the rest of my life, assuming it had one. Oh, and he called MTV out as he was “thanking” them for the award. Was he thanking them? No, he didn’t actually thank anyone. Anyone. That’s class. Ruling: predictable.
Nikki Minaj confronted Miley Cyrus on stage
And it was so awkward! At first, I thought it was staged because Minaj smiled for a second… but then Cyrus responded with a little flip of her dreaded hair, and Minaj looked pissed. Like, she-was-going-to-look-for-Cyrus-backstage, pissed. Ruling: unpredictable, but great, nonetheless.
— Charlie Gendron (@TheChuckler14) August 31, 2015
Rebel Wilson twerked, guuuurl
She did make some pretty tasteless jokes about police brutality, but she twerked as, I’m assuming, a way to make up for the insensitive skit. Nikki Minaj seemed to enjoy it, joining in on the fun. Ruling: unpredictable.
— GIPHY (@GIPHY) August 31, 2015
There were so many sex and marijuana jokes
This really wasn’t a kid-friendly show. Miley Cyrus talked about marijuana a lot — a couple of times in pre-taped skits with a variety of performers, including Snoop Dogg and Tyga; while taking a selfie, she replaced “cheers” with “saaaay marijuana!” and so on and so on. On top of that, she insinuated to having lesbian experiences with Jared Leto and let Justin Bieber know she’d be into it. I mean… Ruling: predictable.
Miley Cyrus wore some things that I actually want to buy
I even took pictures of my TV because I will either hunt these items down or have them custom made. I already Googled — so far, no luck. But I’m not giving up just yet. Ruling: unpredictable.
Images: Lauren Joskowitz/SheKnows.com
MTV successfully bleeped out cuss words out, except one
They were ready for all the foul language Miley was about to drop, but they didn’t expect Nikki Minaj to call their host a bitch during an acceptance speech. Oops! Well, we all make mistakes. It’s not like we haven’t heard the word before. Ruling: unpredictable.
Nikki Minaj’s butt was so bootylicious
I rewound my DVR just to get a picture of that thang! Dang, girl. MTV even played “Bootylicious” as she walked up to accept the award. Baby, got back. Ruling: predictable.
Image: Lauren Joskowitz/SheKnows.com
Amber Rose’s jumpsuit made the perfect statement
I loved this. Amber Rose has been very outspoken lately about bullying. She catered her outfit for the night, and her posse did the same with an LGBTQ spin. Ruling: unpredictable.
Avocados made a strange appearance in the backstage press room
Miley Cyrus made a pit stop in the VMAs press room to pass avocados around. That wasn’t on camera, so you’re welcome for the insider info, courtesy of journalist Emily Zemler. Ruling: unpredictable.
— Emily Zemler (@emilyzemler) August 31, 2015
Demi Lovato slayed the VMAs, inspiring girls everywhere
Her performance was perfection, her body was bangin’ and Iggy Azalea crashing the stage was the cherry on top of the cake (get it, there were cherries all over her stage?). Lovato is a huge inspiration for young girls, and to see her owning the VMAs like that was a total blast. Ruling: predictable, because she rocks.
Miley performed and probably made her dad feel a bit uncomfortable
We all knew this was going to happen. Ruling: predictable.