By: Mary Kate Dorr – A&E Editor
I honestly debated even writing a review on last night’s MTV Video Music Awards because anyone with any form of social media has most likely caught wind of the show’s major highlights. But, because I am the arts and entertainment editor, it is my sole duty and purpose to keep the student body informed on significant happenings in pop culture, such as Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj having a passive aggressive throw-down on-stage.
Ah, our girl Miley. Last night, the VMA host traded in her platinum blonde Hannah Montana wig for not one, but several outfits that probably caused my grandmother to say the rosary a couple hundred times (good thing Nanna is not an avid MTV follower). Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress is a thing of the past after Miley’s parade of costume changes, most notably including a sequin pantsuit, a “dress” with cut-outs in places where cut-outs should not be and some shiny pink bellbottoms. With a less-than-conservative wardrobe, Cyrus owned the stage as an entertaining host, launching an insane performance and album announcement to close the show.
Despite quite the show from host My-Cy, the moment gaining the most media attention would be her on-air feud with Nicki Minaj. Cyrus responded to a surprise attack from Minaj during her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda.” The winner called Cyrus out for a recent interview with The New York Times in which Cyrus expressed negative feedback on Minaj’s tweet: “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, ‘Anaconda’ would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well… If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”
After taking the time to thank her pastor, Minaj turned to Cyrus with, “And now, back to this b—h that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what’s good?” After Cyrus countered with a (sarcastic? who knows) congratulations to Minaj, she included that being in the entertainment industry, artists know what it’s like to have interviews manipulated. Shortly after, Minaj tweeted “Lmfaooooooooooooo” with three heart-eyed emojis because, you know, maturity.
These two weren’t the only ones clogging your social media feeds with commentary. Justin Bieber broke down like a baby, baby, baby oooooohhh for some unnamed reason during his performance, which included “Where Are U Now” and “What Do You Mean.” I’d be crying too if my ex was anywhere near as attractive as Selena Gomez.
And finally, we can close with Kanye West. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten his 2009 VMA claim to fame in which he interrupted Taylor Swift by attempting to steal her award—and the show. Well, leave it to Kanye West to upstage Kanye West.
Well, leave it to Kanye West to upstage Kanye West.
After a pleasant interaction on-stage with Swift, he turned to criticize MTV for repeatedly playing that clip (like, who wouldn’t?) and, because that isn’t enough, announced his candidacy in the 2020 election. That’s right, folks. Kanye West will be running for president in 2020. Between this and Trump, it looks like we have a lot to look forward to as a nation.
If you haven’t caught up on clips from last night’s show, I highly suggest you do so immediately. I also highly suggest you don’t vote for Kanye West to be the leader of this great nation but, then again, what do I know?