If there were an award for Segue of the Year, it would surely have to go to Nicki Minaj, who without blinking went right from “You know who I want to thank tonight? My pastor” to “And now, back to this bitch…” — the latter party being Miley Cyrus, standing right across the stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Other beefs were being gloriously snuffed out on a night full of superstar reconciliation, but Minaj instinctively knew the celebrity circle of life demands fresh bad blood.
Meanwhile, the true star of the night: weed… thanks to Cyrus, as host invoking her favorite substance at every opportunity — in dope-themed patter, sketches, and a bizarre closing song — plus Video Vanguard Award honoree Kanye West admitting his rambling, 11-minute acceptance speech was fueled by something other than Hennessy this time.
Even without being under the influence, this was the best MTV Awards telecast in years, thanks to an emphasis on colorful fun that replaced the last few shows’ race to the bottom. The dozen most memorable moments, ranked:
12. Rebel Wilson saluted N.W.A, sort of. Nice going, Rebel, beating those censors who only thought they’d have to bleep, not pixilate T-shirts. The “F— Tha Stripper Police” gag was an amusing one, though probably not a good enough one to belabor at length till everybody got it.
11. Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea: almost cool. Like any ex-Disney starlet worth her salt, Lovato is trying to sex it up these days, but something about the dominatrix look felt a little forced. Azalea — who, remarkably, has never appeared on the main part of the MTV Awards before — came out and played second banana to Lovato, awkwardly. Together, they indulged in a bit of bumping and grinding that probably wasn’t purposely intended as an homage to Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s 2013 appearance, even though it came off as a pale reenactment. In the end, even with these duet partners trying a little too hard, “Cool for the Summer” still fit in fine with the show’s less prurient, more breezy tone. Click the photo below to watch. (source: MTV)
10. Miley’s drag show didn’t completely drag. The show needed to go out with a bang, and it did — with the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne reaching between Cyrus’s legs, no, not with a foam finger, but with a steam cannon. If only the new song Cyrus and Coyne collaborated on, “Dooo It!,” deserved this climactic spot, but it was hard to make the cast for a chorus that mostly consisted of “Yeah, I smoke pot, yeah, I love peace,” even if she did announce that she was giving it and the rest of their brand-new album away for free. When in doubt? Bring on cast members from RuPaul’s Drag Race, whose visual flair made up for the lack of songwriting pizzazz. Click the photo to watch. (Source MTV).
9. Pharrell fell victim to bad timing. His “Freedom” was also a burst of good fun… for the dozen or so people who were actually watching, as opposed to still busy tweeting about Kanye’s appearance minutes before (more on that in a bit).