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The 7 Best 2015 VMA Moments

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber—the biggest stars in music were at MTV's 32nd Video Music Awards, and they all wrote new chapters in the ceremony's history book

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Miley Hit Us With a Double Surprise

Phase One: "Oh, Miley's performing tonight? To close the show? Like right now? Wait, what is this song? This is new, right? Oh, this is so new."

Phase Two: "Wait. No, wait. There's an entire new album. On the internet—right now. Okay!"

2 / 7

Nicki Couldn't Stop Being Perfect

Nicki opened the show with "Trini Dem Girls" and an assist from Taylor Swift on "The Night Is Still Young," then threw just the right amount of shade back at Miley Cyrus for some comments to the New York Times—and she did it during her Best Hip Hop Video acceptance speech for "Anaconda."

3 / 7


Dr. West is running for President. There was so much more Kanye, in his Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech, in his audience antics, in his exchange with Taylor Swift—but we're having a hard time doing anything other than imagining who'll play at Yeezus' inauguration.

Hit MTV for 'Ye's full 13-minute moment.

4 / 7

Taylor Cleaned House

Taylor Swift, in the span of one night:

  • introduced Kanye West and handed him his Video Vanguard Award
  • performed with Nicki Minaj
  • won Video of the Year ("Bad Blood"), Best Female Video ("Blank Space") and Best Pop Video ("Blank Space")
  • danced in the audience as much as usual

Twas an evening for Swifties everywhere.

5 / 7

The Weeknd Got Everyone Moving

Look how into "Can't Feel My Face" Kanye West was. And he wasn't even close to the only one—the Weeknd blew the roof, doors, and faces off the whole place.

6 / 7

Bieber Wept

Justin Bieber's comeback hit a new height with Sunday night's live debut of "What Do You Mean," and it hit the kid right in the feelz. He ended his performance not with a single glistening tear but with a brief spasm of actual full-on sobs.

7 / 7

And Demi Lovato Added Some Extra Iggy Azalea for "Cool for the Summer"

The crazy-good pop smash would've been enough on its own—but an unexpected appearance from Iggy, expected to show up on the remix of Demi's Confident single, put it over the top.

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