MTV VMAs 2015 in GIFs: Kanye West Dances, Justin Bieber Cries, and More!

Miley Cyrus performs at the 2015 VMAs
Miley Cyrus' performance was just one of many GIF-worthy moments at the 2015 VMAs John Shearer/Getty Images

Missed the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Aug. 30? No problem! Relive the night’s biggest moments — from Nicki Minaj’s confrontation with Miley Cyrus to Kanye West’s rare display of lightheartedness — in GIF form.

Nicki Minaj Throws Down the Gauntlet to Miley Cyrus

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It’s on! Upset over Cyrus telling the New York Times that she’s “not too kind,” Minaj confronted the VMAs hostess onstage during her acceptance speech for Best Hip Hop Video. “And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” the “Anaconda” rapper sniped. “Miley, what’s good?”

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Kanye West Dances Like Nobody’s Watching

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West was in rare form before taking the stage to accept his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. During The Weeknd’s performance of “Can’t Feel My Face,” the normally stoic “FourFiveSeconds” rapper actually stood up and danced — on camera and without any inhibitions. Maybe new pal Taylor Swift is rubbing off on him? Speaking of which…

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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez Let the Music Move Them

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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez dance to The Weeknd’s performance at the 2015 Video Music Awards Giphy

Swift continued her tradition — at this point, how could she not?! — of dancing in the aisles at awards shows, this time by rocking out with BFF Gomez during The Weeknd’s performance. The Video of the Year winner was also joined at the event by her famous (and oh-so-fabulous) girl squad and “Bad Blood” costars, including Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Serayah, Cara Delevingne, Hailee Steinfeld, and Mariska Hargitay.

Justin Bieber Breaks Down

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Bieber’s return to the VMAs stage after five years — and plenty of bad press and growing pains — was an emotional one for the singer. After performing his new single “What Do You Mean?” on Sunday’s show, he buried his head in his hands and broke down crying.

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Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian Can’t Believe Kanye West’s Speech

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Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian react to Kanye’s speech Giphy

As Kardashian’s husband took the stage to accept his Video Vanguard Award, Swift joined the reality star in the audience. Together — with the “Wildest Dreams” songstress towering over the pregnant KUTWK mogul — they watched the rapper’s speech with shock and awe.

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Toward the end of his time onstage, West declared that he was running for president in 2020 — just one of many bonkers moments of the night.

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Miley Cyrus Leads an Army of Drag Queens

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Miley Cyrus

Two years after her headline-making duet with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMAs, the “Wrecking Ball” singer brought down the house with an even more outrageous performance of her new song “Dooo It!” — which starts off with the lyric, “Yeah, I smoke pot.” She was joined onstage by more than two dozen drag queens, including many RuPaul’s Drag Race alums. 

Wayne Coyne Shoots Smoke Out of Miley Cyrus’ Crotch 

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Miley Cyrus

The Flaming Lips singer appeared in the middle of his pal Cyrus’ finale, at one point crouching behind her with a smoke cannon, and then firing it between her legs. Foam fingers are so 2013.

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