MTV VMAs: The highlights of the night, told in tweets

Singer Miley Cyrus arrives Sunday at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Singer Miley Cyrus arrives Sunday at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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On Sunday night the annual MTV Video Music Awards let loose with a chaotic hallucination of a ceremony that starred, among others, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. Chances are you’ll be seeing highlights for the rest of the week. Do you need to? Perhaps not. Below, the best parts of the show captured in a few choice tweets.

Taylor Swift arrived with her entourage.

Headed to red carpet.... #VMAs #squadUP— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 30, 2015

Comedian Billy Eichner wasn’t impressed.


At this point, unless you show up somehow wearing your testicles around your head like a bonnet, I am not impressed. #VMAs— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 31, 2015

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj buried the hatchet.

.@taylorswift13 + @NICKIMINAJ have officially burned their #BadBlood at the #VMAs:— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015

Macklemore did an action shot in front of the Orpheum Theatre.

Quick throwback to how calm the guy holding Macklemore on his shoulders was ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿— A Witek (@AAmandawitek) August 31, 2015

Kanye West wasn’t impressed.

Macklemore’s #VMAs performance was fine, I guess, but Kanye’s reaction was priceless:— Slate (@Slate) August 31, 2015

Nicki Minaj furthered her beef with Miley Cyrus with a ice-queen stare.


Pray for Miley. #VMAs— GIPHY (@giphy) August 31, 2015

Twitter freaked out.

When Nicki said “Miley what’s good?”— Girl Code (@TheGirICode) August 31, 2015

Miley Cyrus’ reaction seemed unscripted.


Here’s Miley’s reaction to Nicki calling her out on stage at the #VMAs— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) August 31, 2015

Essayist Roxane Gay wasn’t impressed.

Nicki was so serious in calling out Miley. Good for her. And Miley used that old “editing” shtick. Girl. You said what you said.— roxane gay (@rgay) August 31, 2015

Justin Bieber rocked, then wept.


Justin Bieber crying because he flew like Peter Pan. The moment he realized he never had a childhood. #lostboy— kurt braunohler (@kurtbraunohler) August 31, 2015

By mid-show, more drama had occurred onstage than at all the Grammy ceremonies combined.

Fresh juice. Fight for artists/disrespectful to artists. Justin in tears bro. Taylor face response. Small box that we are. Christ metaphor.— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) August 31, 2015

Many people didn’t care.


Neither I nor @billyeichner are watching the #VMAs bc he is on a gorgeous beach & I am watching season 5 of curb your enthusiasm on my floor— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) August 31, 2015

In the middle of the ceremony, Twitter learned of the passing of a horror film legend.

REST IN PEACE WES CRAVEN : (— el-p (@therealelp) August 31, 2015

Others felt as though they were enduring a Swiftian brand of horror.


srsly, every groan-worthy moment of the VMAs so far has been because of Taylor.— Jill(ian) Mapes (@jumonsmapes) August 31, 2015

Really, though, most of us were waiting for Kanye West to speak.

please say something dope kanye— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) August 31, 2015

Until he made a landmark announcement ...


When Kanye announced he was running for president #Kanye2020— Eva Gutowski (@lifeaseva) August 31, 2015

... and in doing so invited a comparison with another opinionated candidate.

Kanye : Music :: Trump : Politics.— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) August 31, 2015

But then he kept going.


Kanye’s TED talk is a little long. And he hasn’t even changed from his first PowerPoint slide yet. #VMAs— Ali Spagnola (@alispagnola) August 31, 2015

Miley Cyrus performed, then announced her new album.

Miley Cyrus’ #VMAs performance needs to be seen to be believed:— Us Weekly (@usweekly) August 31, 2015

And then it was over.


I can’t feel my face when I take Ambien after a terrible awards show.— Emily Zemler (@emilyzemler) August 31, 2015

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