2015 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 30, 2015.[3] The 32nd installment of the event was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and hosted by Miley Cyrus.[4][5] Taylor Swift led the nominations with a total of ten, followed by Ed Sheeran, who had six.,[6][a] bringing his total number of mentions to 13. Swift's "Wildest Dreams" music video premiered during the pre-show.[7] Cyrus also announced and released her studio album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, right after her performance at the end of the show.[8] During his acceptance speech, Kanye West announced that he would be running for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.[9] Taylor Swift won the most awards with four, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video.[10] The VMA trophies were redesigned by Jeremy Scott.[11]

This edition of the MTV VMA were followed by 9.8 million people in the United States through the various channels MTV for broadcast use.[12][13] Due to a simulcast across ten Viacom networks, the 2015 ceremony's airing on the flagship MTV network alone had one of the lowest audience in the ceremony's 31-year history, with the following year's ceremony being the lowest of all time. According to Nielsen, it logged 5.03 million viewers only on MTV, 39% less than the previous year, while cumulative viewers drew 9.8 million with the nine other simulcasting networks. The lowest viewed edition since Nielson began tracking in 1994 was in 1996, with 5.07 million viewers. This broadcast, however, broke the "US Twitter record", being the most tweeted about non-sports program, with 21.4 million tweets delivered by 2.2 million people.[14] It was also streamed live through the MTV app for authenticated users on mobile devices and television sets via iOS, Android and Chromecast. Through its website, viewers could also get to see un-aired audience shots and backstage coverage.[15] mtvU aired a behind-the-scenes feed and MTV Hits went dark.

2015 MTV Video Music Awards
DateSunday, August 30, 2015
VenueMicrosoft Theater,
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byMiley Cyrus
Most awardsTaylor Swift (4)
Most nominationsTaylor Swift (10)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, Logo TV, BET, Centric, Comedy Central, TV Land, CMT, MTV app[1][2]
Runtime190 minutes


Artist(s) Song(s)
Walk the Moon "Shut Up and Dance"
"Different Colors"
Todrick Hall Video of the Year nominees' covers
("Uptown Funk", "7/11", "Bad Blood")
Nick Jonas "Levels"
Main show
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
"Trini Dem Girls" (Minaj)
"The Night Is Still Young"
"Bad Blood"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Eric Nally
Melle Mel
Kool Moe Dee
Grandmaster Caz
(Live from outside The Orpheum Theatre)
The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face"
Demi Lovato
Iggy Azalea
"Cool for the Summer"
(Live from outside The Orpheum Theatre)
Justin Bieber "Where Are Ü Now"
"What Do You Mean?"
Tori Kelly "Should've Been Us"
Pharrell Williams "Freedom"
(Live from outside The Orpheum Theatre)
Twenty One Pilots
A$AP Rocky
"Message Man"
"Lane Boy"
Miley Cyrus "Dooo It!"



Main show

Winners and nominees

The nominations were announced on July 21, 2015 via Apple Music's Beats 1.[17] Nominees for the social media-driven category, Song of Summer, were announced on August 18, 2015.[18] Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar were tied with most nominations, 10. Ed Sheeran had 6, Nicki Minaj had 4.

Video of the Year

Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) – "Bad Blood"

Best Male Video

Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) – "Uptown Funk"

Best Female Video

Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"

Artist to Watch

Fetty Wap – "Trap Queen"

Best Pop Video

Taylor Swift – "Blank Space"

Best Rock Video

Fall Out Boy – "Uma Thurman"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Nicki Minaj – "Anaconda"

Best Collaboration

Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) – "Bad Blood"

Best Direction

Kendrick Lamar – "Alright" (Directors: Colin Tilley and the Little Homies)

Best Choreography

OK Go – "I Won't Let You Down" (Choreographer: OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

Best Visual Effects

Skrillex and Diplo (featuring Justin Bieber) – "Where Are Ü Now" (Visual Effects: Brewer, GloriaFX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi and Max Chyzhevskyy)

Best Art Direction

Snoop Dogg – "So Many Pros" (Art Director: Jason Fijal)

Best Editing

Beyoncé – "7/11" (Editors: Beyoncé, Ed Burke and Jonathan Wing)

Best Cinematography

Flying Lotus (featuring Kendrick Lamar) – "Never Catch Me" (Director of Photography: Larkin Seiple)

Best Video with a Social Message

Big Sean (featuring Kanye West and John Legend) – "One Man Can Change the World"

Song of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer – "She's Kinda Hot"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Kanye West

See also


  1. ^ Another nominee, Kendrick Lamar, received four nominations for his video "Alright." The videos for Swift's "Bad Blood" and Flying Lotus' "Never Catch Me" (both of which he features on) earned seven and two nominations respectively—however, those are not counted since he is not the lead artist.


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  8. ^ Bell, Crystal (August 31, 2015). "Miley Cyrus Just Dropped A Free Surprise Album – Here's Where You Can Hear It". MTV News. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Stone, Natalie (August 30, 2015). "Kanye West: 'I Have Decided in 2020 to Run for President'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2015: The Winners Are…". Billboard. August 30, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
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  14. ^ Kissell, Rick (September 1, 2015). "Video Music Awards Viewership Plummets on MTV". Variety. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  15. ^ "MTV VMAs 2015 Live Stream: How To Watch Online". Heavy.com. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  16. ^ "Here Are All The Beautiful People In Miley's Happy Hippie Squad".
  17. ^ "MTV VMAs: Taylor Swift leads way with nine nominations". Guardian. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  18. ^ "2015 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Revealed: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran & More". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 21, 2015.

External links

2015 MTV Video Music Awards Japan

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Japan was held in Tokyo on November 26, 2015 and was hosted by Verbal from m-flo.

America's Best Dance Crew (season 8)

America’s Best Dance Crew All-Stars: Road to the VMAs was the eighth season of the competitive dance reality television series America's Best Dance Crew. The revival of the series was announced by MTV on January 10, 2015, following the show's cancellation in 2012. The season, which premiered on July 29, 2015, was hosted by television presenter Jason Dundas. The season consisted of six MTV Video Music Award–themed episodes; the winner was crowned in a live episode finale airing before the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Hip hop artist T-Pain, recording artist Teyana Taylor, and Broadway performer Frankie Grande formed the new judging panel.

Back 2 the Wild

"Back 2 the Wild" is a song by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, released on April 12, 2013 via London-based independent label 37 Adventures. The song was written and produced by group members Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton while Korean artists Baby Chay and Miss Emma Lee contributed the vocals. At the time of the release, "Back 2 the Wild" was intended to be the lead single of their then-upcoming seventh studio album entitled Music, but the idea was eventually scrapped. The group instead released Junto (2014), which deluxe edition features the song's Korean version and remixes.

Upon its release, "Back 2 the Wild" received critical acclaim from music critics. Mat Maitland and Natalia Stuyk directed its accompanied music video. Female idol group Team Syachihoko was chosen to perform the song's Japanese version released in May 2015. MTV Video Music Awards Japan nominated the version's live performance video for Best Collaboration that same year.

Dooo It!

"Dooo It!" is a song by American singer Miley Cyrus from her fifth studio album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015). It was premiered on August 30, 2015, with a live performance during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which Cyrus hosted, and was made available free online without prior announcement alongside the parent album. It serves to promote the project.

LSD (ASAP Rocky song)

"LSD" (stylized "L$D"; abbreviation for Love, Sex, Dreams) is a song by ASAP Rocky, an American hip hop recording artist. It was released on May 21, 2015, as the third single from his second studio album, At. Long. Last. ASAP (2015). The song contains a sample from "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson for the song's drums.

MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography is a craft award given to both the artist as well as the cinematographer/director of photography of the music video. From 1984 to 2006, the award's full name was Best Cinematography in a Video. After a brief absence in 2007, the category acquired its current, shortened name in 2008.

The biggest winner is Harris Savides with three wins. Pascal Lebègue, Daniel Pearl, and Mark Plummer follow closely behind with two wins each. The most nominated editor is Daniel Pearl with nine nominations. Followed by Martin Coppen with six nominations. The performers whose videos have won the most awards are Madonna and Beyoncé. Madonna's videos have received the most nominations with ten. Ryan Lewis is also the only performer to have won a Moonman in this category for his work as a director of photography on the video for "Can't Hold Us" in 2013. Jared Leto ("Hurricane") is the only other performer to have been nominated for his work in this category.

MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing is a craft award given to the artist, the artist's manager, and the editor of the music video. From 1984 to 2007, the award's full name was Best Editing in a Video, before acquiring its current name in 2008.

The biggest winners Jarrett Fijal and Ken Mowe with three wins each. Jim Haygood, Eric Zumbrunnen, and Robert Duffy follow closely behind with two wins each. The most nominated editors are Robert Duffy and Jarrett Fijal with seven nominations each. Closely following them is Jim Haygood with six nominations. The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Beyoncé. Likewise, Beyoncé's videos have received the most nominations with five. Beyoncé is also the only performer to have won a Moonman in this category for her work co-editing 7/11 in 2015. However, three other performers have been nominated for their work co-editing videos: George Michael ("Freedom! '90"), Jared Leto ("Hurricane"), and Ryan Lewis ("Can't Hold Us")

MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Social Message is an award handed out at the yearly MTV Video Music Awards, first introduced at the 2011 ceremony. Originally named Best Video with a Message, the word "Social" was added to its name in 2013. For the 2017 ceremony the award was renamed Best Fight Against the System while still being known for awarding videos that address current social and political subjects. In 2018, the award's name became Video with a Message.

The first winner of the category was Lady Gaga. As of 2017, Kelly Clarkson, Rise Against, Big Sean and Beyoncé have received the most nominations in this category, being nominated twice. Big Sean is the biggest winner of the category with two wins. 2017 also marked the first year where a tie had occurred for the VMAs in any category when all six nominees were awarded the moonman.

MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects

The MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects is a craft award given to the artist, the artist's manager, and the visual effects artists and/or visual effects company of the music video. From 1984 to 2006, the award's full name was Best Special Effects in a Video, and after a brief removal in 2007, its name was shortened to Best Special Effects between 2008 and 2011. In 2012, the category acquired its current name.

The biggest winners are director Jim Blashfield, special effects artist Sean Broughton, and production company GloriaFX with two wins each. In addition, GloriaFX is also the biggest nominee in the award's history, receiving six nominations between 2015 and 2017. Closely following are special effects supervisors David Yardley and Fred Raimondi, as well as the company Pixel Envy (headed by the Brothers Strause) and BUF, with four nominations each.

The performer whose videos have won the most awards is Peter Gabriel, garnering three Moonmen. Meanwhile, Missy Elliott's videos have received the most nominations with six.

No performer has won a Moonman in this category for working on their video's effects. However, David Byrne from Talking Heads ("Burning Down the House") and Adam Jones from Tool ("Prison Sex") have been nominated for doing such work.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Hemsworth (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood, she became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, also starred on the series, which aired for four seasons until 2011.

Cyrus has earned three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), Breakout (2008), and Bangerz (2013). Her releases The Time of Our Lives (2009), Can't Be Tamed (2010), and Younger Now (2017) debuted in the top-five in the United States, while her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015) was released for free online streaming on SoundCloud. Further, Cyrus has attained an additional two number-one and three top-ten soundtracks credited as Hannah Montana. She has also earned nine top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100: "See You Again", "7 Things", "The Climb", "He Could Be the One" (as Hannah Montana), "Party in the U.S.A.", "Can't Be Tamed", "We Can't Stop", "Malibu" and the chart-topping "Wrecking Ball".

Cyrus launched her film career as a voice actress in the animated film Bolt (2008), and later starred in the feature films Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) and the coming-of-age film The Last Song (2010). On television, she was the host of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and has hosted Saturday Night Live three times since her first appearance in 2011. Cyrus has also been featured as a coach on the singing competition television series The Voice; she has appeared in two seasons of the show since her debut in 2016.

Cyrus has earned numerous awards and nominations, was recognized as "Artist of the Year" by MTV in 2013, and was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Her image has been the subject of significant media commentary and public controversy, including the transition from her wholesome image to a highly-sexual persona in the early 2010s. Cyrus is an outspoken animal rights advocate, and adopted a vegan lifestyle in 2014. That year, she founded the non-profit Happy Hippie Foundation that focuses on youth homelessness and the LGBT community.

Never Catch Me

"Never Catch Me" is a song by American music producer Flying Lotus from his fifth studio album You're Dead! (2014). The song features vocals from American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar. "Never Catch Me" received a nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Ship to Wreck

"Ship to Wreck" is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine from their third studio album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015). It was released on 9 April 2015 as the album's second single. The track premiered on Huw Stephens' show on BBC Radio 1 on 8 April 2015 and the accompanying music video was released on 13 April, following the narrative of band's previous two videos of "What Kind of Man" and "St. Jude".

"Ship to Wreck" was met with critical acclaim, with critics praising frontwoman Florence Welch's vocals, as well as the song's production. The song received nominations for Best Rock Video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Should've Been Us

"Should've Been Us" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Tori Kelly for her debut studio album Unbreakable Smile (2015). Written by Kelly with Ludvig Söderberg, Jakob Jerlström, Oscar Holter, Laleh Pourkarim, Alexander Kronlund and James Alan, and produced by The Struts and Holter, the song was sent to US mainstream radio as the second single from the album on June 2, 2015. A remix of the song featuring American singer Jeremih was released digitally in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2015, as Kelly's first single there.

"Should've Been Us" is a pop song with influences of urban music. Lyrically, the song talks about an unrequited relationship, where she laments the failed romance and what it could have been like with her former lover. The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who commended it for being infectious and relatable. The song peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Kelly's highest charting single to date in the United States. While promoting the song on a variety of television programs, as well as award shows, Kelly received high praise from critics, who positively highlighted her vocal performance, most notably at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.


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