MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards aired on August 30, and while the ceremony was overshadowed by a purported “feud” between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj over the top nominations, it was host Miley Cyrus who found a way to overshadow just about everyone.
Here are the stars who won at the ceremony—updated live throughout the show.
Video of the Year
Taylor Swift (ft. Kendrick Lamar), “Bad Blood”
Best Rock Video
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Best Male Video
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Best Female Video
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Best Hip-Hop Video
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Video With a Social Message
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World”
Best Pop Video
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap,”Trap Queen”
Song of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer, “She’s Kinda Hot”
Best Video With a Social Message
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Acclaimed Hollywood horror maestro Wes Craven, director of classics like the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movie series, died on Sunday in his Los Angeles home.
The 76-year-old director passed away after a lengthy battle with brain cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Craven is best known for creating the iconic character Freddy Kruger, one of the best-recognized horror villains ever, in his five Nightmare on Elm Street movies — which he said were inspired by a cemetery opposite his childhood home on Elm Street in suburban Cleveland.
Historically, the VMAs—MTV’s annual ceremony honoring the best in music videos—has been a staging ground for the best of music. This doesn’t (of course) mean that the acts featured have been the most talented, but they’ve always been the most interesting. One hopes, for the industry’s sake, this wasn’t the case this year.
The biggest event might have been Kanye West’s receipt of a lifetime achievement award, but presenter Taylor Swift went beyond referencing old business (his interrupting her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs) and collapsed into sheer narcissism. (Did you know Kanye’s album was the first one she bought on iTunes?) West himself delivered a stemwinder of a speech that it’s not entirely uncharitable to suggest might have been somewhat lost on his audience; it ended with his joking declaration of a presidential run in 2020 but included references to a detailed level of thought about what…
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Today in imagery you didn’t need think about: “I’m so low that my cojones almost draggin’ on the concrete,” which comes courtesy of Macklemore on his new song with Ryan Lewis, “Downtown.” The Seattle rapper must be done with his thrift-shopping days, because the track finds Macklemore in the mood to spend some serious dollars on a moped for this funky follow-up to his comeback Ed Sheeran collaboration. “Downtown” feels like several songs in one—some ’80s arena-rock vibes, what sounds like a Sugarhill Gang tribute—which will probably make for a splashy debut performance at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly described the content of the song.
The cast and crew of the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, is remembering the late Leonard Nimoy and supporting a cause close to the late actor’s heart.
Zachary Quinto, who stepped into Nimoy’s shoes (and ears) as Spock, leads the video tribute, remembering him as “an actor, a champion of the arts, and a true inspiration to so many.”
“Through his legendary portrayal of Spock, he influenced countless scientists and artists — myself and the rest of the cast included,” Quinto added.
The video, which shows Nimoy with Quinto and other members of the cast and crew, is part of the Omaze campaign highlighting nine different charities chosen by the Star Trek Beyond stars — including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization Nimoy was passionate about.
Watch the cast pay homage (and give him a Vulcan salute) in the video above.
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Quentin Tarantino has never been shy about sharing his opinions, and it doesn’t look like things have changed all that much as he’s gotten older. In an expansive new interview with New York Magazine, the 52-year-old director opened up about a wealth of topics – including his thoughts on Barack Obama, why he doesn’t love “these Cate Blanchett movies,” and the phenomenon of True Detective. The full chat can be found at the New York website. Ahead, our five favorite moments.
He likes Barack Obama: “I think he’s fantastic. He’s my favorite president, hands down, of my lifetime. He’s been awesome this past year. Especially the rapid, one-after-another-after-another-after-another aspect of it. It’s almost like take no prisoners. His he-doesn’t-give-a-sh– attitude has just been so cool. Everyone always talks about these lame-duck presidents. I’ve never seen anybody end with this kind of ending. All the people who…
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The Weeknd has one of the hottest songs of the summer with “Can’t Feel My Face,” but he’s letting you know in his own twisted way that he’s still Jenny from the Block (basically).
The soulful Kanye West-produced “Tell Your Friends,” whose music video the singer premiered today, reminds listeners that 25-year-old Abel Tesfaye is still the same guy who made bleak mixtapes about getting high and getting laid in 2011: “I’m still that n—a with the hair/ singing ‘bout popping pills, f—ing b-itches,” he sings.
And he’s still making videos about his own destruction, too: just like the car crash in “The Hills” and the incinerating performance Tesfaye gives in “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Tell Your Friends” finds the Weeknd in a not-so-great place: getting buried alive. That’s heavy stuff coming from the guy with one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Beauty Behind the Madness…
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