Plus performances from Nicki, The Weeknd and more.

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were held on Sunday night at the Microsoft Centre in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by Miley Cyrus, the ceremony featured live performances from The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Pharrell, A$AP Rocky and more (watch some of the best performances below).

Nicki Minaj opened the event with a rendition of Pinkprint cut ‘Trini Dem Girls’. She was then joined onstage by Taylor Swift, who appeared for a surprised duet of ‘The Night Is Still Young’ and a performance of her own ‘Bad Blood’. The pair were embroiled in controversy prior to the event, with Minaj tweeting: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Eventually the pair settled their differences, withi Nicki later claiming that she was not targeting anyone in particular, but instead making a general statement about racism and sexism in society.

Minaj may have cleared the air with Taylor Swift, but took aim at Miley Cyrus during her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop video for ‘Anaconda’. In an interview with The New York Times earlier this week, Miley was aggrieved with the Brooklyn rapper’s comments about ‘Anaconda’ not being nominated. “And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” Minaj snarled.

Later on, Kanye West delivered an impassioned speech after being presented with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. During his speech, Kanye revealed his intention to run for president in 2020. He was presented with the award by Taylor Swift, who won four of the nine awards she was nominated for at the annual ceremony. View the full list of winners below.

Nicki Minaj & Taylor Swift ‘Trini Dem Girls’ / ‘The Night Is Still Young’ / ‘Bad Blood’

The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’

Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are U Now’ / ‘What Do You Mean?’

Pharrell – ‘Freedom’

Best Collaboration
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” – WINNER
Ariana Grande feat. the Weeknd, “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Best Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson, “I Still Love You”
Colbie Calliat, “Try”
Big Sean, “One Man Can Change the World” – WINNER
Rihanna, “American Oxygen”
Wale, “The White Shoes”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda” – WINNER
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Big Sean, “I Don’t F—k With You”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Maroon 5, “Sugar”
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” – WINNER

Best Rock Video
Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman” – WINNER
Florence + the Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé, “7/11″
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” – WINNER
Sia, “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Nick Jonas, “Chains”
The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” – WINNER

Artist To Watch
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen” – WINNER
Vance Joy, “Riptide”
George Ezra, “Budapest”
James Bay, “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs, “Pendulum”

Video Of The Year
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” – WINNER
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”



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