MTV Video Music Awards 2015: Full Winners List, Best Performances and Full Recap

MTV Video Music Awards 2015: Full Winners List, Best Performances and Full Recap
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From Kanye West unofficially declaring his candidacy for president in 2020 to Justin Bieber seemingly breaking down onstage, the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles were a night to remember. Among the night's biggest winners were "Bad Blood" singer Taylor Swift and artist Nicki Minaj, who kicked off the night with a high-energy performance. 

This year's VMAs host, Miley Cyrus, walked viewers through the lineup of awesome performances and celebrity presenters, beginning with pop princess Britney Spears. Here's everything to know about the music industry's most anticipated night of the year, including who won, best performances and memorable moments: 

2015 VMAs list of winners and nominees by category:

Video of the year
Beyoncé – "7/11"
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
Winner: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar – "Alright"

Best male video
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
Winner: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar – "Alright"
The Weeknd – "Earned It"
Nick Jonas – "Chains"

Best female video
Beyoncé – "7/11"
Winner: Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"
Nicki Minaj – "Anaconda"
Sia – "Elastic Heart"
Ellie Goulding – "Love Me Like You Do"

Best hip hop video
Fetty Wap – "Trap Queen"
Winner: Nicki Minaj – "Anaconda"
Kendrick Lamar – "Alright"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – "See You Again"
Big Sean ft. E-40 – "IDFWU"

Best pop video
Winner: Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"
Beyoncé – "7/11"
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk"
Maroon 5 – "Sugar"

Best rock video
Hozier – "Take Me To Church"
Winner: Fall Out Boy – "Uma Thurman"
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?"

Artist to watch 
Winner: Fetty Wap – "Trap Queen"
Vance Joy – "Riptide"
George Ezra – "Budapest"
James Bay – "Hold Back The River"
FKA Twigs – "Pendulum"

Best collaboration
Winner: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – "See You Again"
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – "Love Me Harder"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – "Bang Bang"

Video with a social message
Jennifer Hudson – "I Still Love You"
Colbie Caillat – "Try"
Winner: Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – "One Man Can Change the World"
Rihanna – "American Oxygen"
Wale – "The White Shoes"

Best art direction
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood" (Charles Infante)
Winner: Snoop Dogg – "So Many Pros" (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – "Would You Fight For My Love" (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – "Go" (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best choreography
Beyoncé – "7/11" (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
Winner: OK Go – "I Won't Let You Down" (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – "Gold" (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – "Don't" (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Never Catch Me" (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Best cinematography
Winner: Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Never Catch Me" (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – "Thinking Out Loud" (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood" (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – "Two Weeks" (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – "Left Hand Free" (Mike Simpson)

Best direction
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood" (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk" (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Winner: Kendrick Lamar – "Alright" (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – "Take Me To Church" (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – "Sober" (Hiro Murai)

Best editing 
Winner: Beyoncé – "7/11" (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – "Don't" (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood" (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – "L$D" (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Best special effects
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Bad Blood" (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – "Two Weeks" (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – "Telegraph Ave." (Gloria FX)
Winner: Skrillex & Diplo – "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – "F****** Young/Death Camp" (Gloria FX)

Best performances: Among the night's best performances were Minaj's jaw-dropping opening act. The singer surprised viewers by having Swift join her onstage for Minaj's "The Night Is Still Young" and Swift's "Bad Blood."

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Demi Lovato performed her hit single "Cool for the Summer" with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.  

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Justin Bieber performed both his latest single, "What Do You Mean" and "Where Are U Now." The artist appeared to get emotional at the end of his performance after thanking the audience. 

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Recap of the night's biggest moments: Perhaps the most talked about moment came when Kanye West went onstage to accept his video vanguard award. The 38-year-old rapper then criticized MTV for exploiting artists and said he would be running for president in 2020.

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Swift's face after perfectly summed up viewers response to West's speech: 

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Cyrus' fashion certainly caught the attention of viewers, too. The former Disney Channel star, known for her outlandish and at times revealing fashion choices, made several wardrobe changes throughout the night. 

The most tense moment of the VMAs came when Minaj called out Cyrus for recently taking aim at the "Anaconda" singer in the press. 

When accepting her award for best hip hop video, Minaj turned to Cyrus and said, "Back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what's good?"

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The night ended with a surprise performance by Cyrus herself. The artist made an unexpected announcement that her new album was available online. 

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Philip Ross

Philip Ross is the Editorial Director for Search at 'Mic.' He previously reported for the International Business Times.

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