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Inside the 2015 VMAs: 8 Questions We Asked From Our Seats

“I don’t understand award shows!” Kanye West declared last night with real agony in his voice during a long, emotional speech  at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was there to pick up the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but had other worries on his mind. So if Yeezy himself is at a loss at the meaning of these ceremonies after winning 21 Grammys, multiple Moonmen, American Music Awards and other amazing prizes, how are the rest of us to cope? MTV VMAs 2015’s 20 Best and Worst Moments By the end of two and a half hours inside the Microsoft Theatre, we had our own questions about this year’s VMAs show.

Hear Siouxsie Sioux’s Haunting ‘Hannibal’ Finale Song, ‘Love Crime’

Siouxsie Sioux ended an eight-year songwriting hiatus Saturday night when she contributed a new track titled “Love Crime” to the series finale of Hannibal . The Siouxsie and the Banshees singer’s haunting, strings-laden track was spearheaded by the serial killer show’s music supervisor Brian Reitzell, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly  ( via Pitchfork ) about how he coaxed Sioux to record the track despite the singer stating she hadn’t written a song or entered the studio in nearly a decade. ‘Hannibal': The Sick Genius of TV’s Darkest Show Reitzell, who previously worked with Sioux on the 2006 film Marie Antoinette , discovered that she was an admirer of Hannibal.

Read Kanye West’s Blunt, Poignant VMA Video Vanguard Award Speech

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards  produced more talked-about moments in one night than the show has garnered in years. Nicki Minaj blasting Miley Cyrus . Cyrus’ surprise new album .

Beef, Bombast and Kanye West Reign at Wild MTV Video Music Awards

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards dished out a buffet of bombast and beef, a barrage of memorable performances and ridiculous outfits, and ultimately served as a pristine example of the transitive properties of pop: Host Miley Cyrus got into it with Nicki Minaj, who made nice with Taylor Swift, who presented the Video Vanguard Award to Kanye West, who ended his emotionally charged speech with the promise of a presidential run in 2020. The Complete VMA Winners List Following the premiere of Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”  video — an event unto itself — Minaj opened the VMAs with a breezy, beatific medley of “Trini Girls” and “The Night Is Still Young.” Halfway through the latter, Swift emerged from below the stage  singing the hook. The pair proceeded to officially quash their pre-VMA beef with a quick duet of Swift’s “Bad Blood”  (which later took home Video of the Year). Macklemore and Ryan Lewis kept the opening festivities going with a live recreation of their new “Downtown” clip . The Seattle rapper was joined by hip-hop veterans Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel, as well as Foxy Shazam vocalist Eric Nally and a cadre of slick-moving b-boys, who cut loose across the stage outside Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre.

Watch Nicki Minaj Blast Miley Cyrus During VMA Acceptance Speech

Nicki Minaj ended her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video at the Video Music Awards  by thanking her pastor, then cursing out Miley Cyrus, passing it back to the host with the curt: “And now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press: Miley, What’s good?” Miley Cyrus Slams Nicki Minaj Over VMAs Snub Reaction Minaj was  referring to Cyrus’ remarks about how the rapper handled  being snubbed for Video of the Year. After learning that “Anaconda” had been shut out of the category, the rapper wrote on Twitter, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident.

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Open VMAs With Surprise Medley

Nicki Minaj  provided an unexpected opening for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards  as she teamed with Taylor Swift , who the rapper briefly beefed with in the months prior to the VMAs, onstage for a surprise duet. Minaj and a cadre of dancers started things off with a thumping rendition of “Trini Dem Girls” before Swift emerged to join in on Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young.” MTV VMAs 2015: Photos From the Red Carpet After trading verses on the  The Pinkprint  track, Swift sang a few bars of her hit single “Bad Blood,” a song that caused actual bad blood between the singer and Minaj after the 1989 cut scored a Video of the Year nomination over “Anaconda.” After making peace on the VMA stage to a rousing ovation, Minaj threw it over to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who performed “Downtown” outside the Orpheum in Los Angeles. Thankfully for the rapper, she wasn’t hit with any wardrobe malfunctions  at this year’s ceremony. At the 2014 VMAs, Minaj first delivered an incident-free “Anaconda” – no backup dancers were bitten by snakes, unlike at rehearsals – before swapping outfits to join Ariana Grande and Jessie J on “Bang Bang.” However, while changing from her silver bikini into a black décolleté dress, Minaj failed to properly latch the dress, resulting in an awkward, garment-clutching performance. Minaj’s 2015 VMAs appearance wasn’t without controversy, either.

MTV VMAs 2015: The Complete Winners List

With Nicki Minaj blasting Miley Cyrus , Cyrus’  surprise new album , Kanye West’s poignant Video Vanguard Award speech  and the  return of (a high-flying) Justin Bieber  dominating the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, it’s easy to forget that the show actually hands out awards throughout the night. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé led all nominees going into the evening, but who walked away with the coveted Moonman statue? Here’s the full rundown of the evening’s winners.

Kanye West Sets ‘808s & Heartbreak’ Concert in Los Angeles

Kanye West  will revisit his 808s & Heartbreak  next month when the rapper takes to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to perform his groundbreaking  2008 album. While West hasn’t formally announced the surprise concert, a listing for the September 25th show popped up on Ticketmaster  (via Complex). A ticket pre-sale for the concert will take place on August 31st, with the general on-sale to follow on September 4th. Kim Kardashian on Kanye: ‘There’s No One More Creative’ Details of the gig remain scarce, and the Hollywood Bowl’s calendar page has not yet been updated to reflect the one-off  808s & Heartbreak performance. Recorded soon after both the death of West’s mother Donda and the rapper’s broken engagement to his then-longtime girlfriend, the album relied heavily on Auto-Tune, cold synths and soul-bearing lyrics, a complete stylistic shift from West’s arena-rap LP Graduation the previous year.

Hear Keith Richards’ Brash, Funky New Song ‘Substantial Damage’

Keith Richards has unleashed “Substantial Damage,” a funk-inspired track from his upcoming solo LP, Crosseyed Heart .   Related: Keith Richards: ‘I Want to See How Far the Stones Can Go’ “Substantial Damage” is a groove monster, defined by Richards’ brash guitar riffs and the propulsive drumming of co-writer/producer Steve Jordan. The track is the third sample thus far from Crosseyed Heart , following lead single “Trouble” and the recently unlocked “Amnesia.” The song was part of an ongoing viral campaign, as fans unlocked the track on the guitarist’s website by tracking down passwords on plaques significant to the Rolling Stones member’s life. The upcoming LP, out September 18th, is Richards’ third solo work and first since 1992’s Main Offender

Darius Rucker on Charles Kelley, Charleston Love and ‘Homegrown’ Hit

Before performing a surprise show for CMT Instant Jam in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, this week and then traveling to New York City to headline Today ‘s summer concert series, Darius Rucker celebrated the Number One success of his single “Homegrown Honey” on Monday during an industry event at a distillery in Nashville. Darius Rucker on What Is Country and Living ‘Southern Style’ Written with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Rucker tells Rolling Stone Country the song was hatched on the links. “We were playing golf one day and he said, ‘Dude, we’ve never written a song together.’ So we set a date and went and did it. The great thing for me about writing with him is he’s got that voice that’s like mine

Miley Cyrus Slams Nicki Minaj Over VMAs Snub Reaction

MTV Video Music Awards  host  Miley Cyrus  has revived one of the event’s more interesting subplots  by criticizing Nicki Minaj  for the way the rapper handled being snubbed in the Video of the Year category. “If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself,” Cyrus told the New York Times . Miley Cyrus’ 10 Wildest Awards Show Moments After the 2015 VMA nominations were revealed in July – and Minaj learned that “Anaconda” had been shut out in the Video of the Year category – the rapper complained on Twitter, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident

Van Morrison Preps Expanded Reissues of ‘Astral Weeks,’ ‘His Band’

Van Morrison’s seminal 1968 LP Astral Weeks  and 1970’s His Band and the Street Choir , will be expanded, remastered and reissued on October 30th via Warner Bros. Van Morrison Receives Honorary Knighthood Both LPs will be made available digitally and on CD, each featuring a handful of previously unreleased, alternate versions of album cuts. The expanded Astral Weeks will include the first take of “Beside You,” a stripped down, vibraphone-heavy “Madame George” and longer versions of “Ballerina” and “Slim Slow Slider.” All offer a deeper examination of Morrison’s working relationship with the quartet that helped him record the LP: bassist Richard Davis, guitarist Jay Berliner, percussionist Warren Smith, Jr. and drummer Connie Kay

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