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2015 MTV Video Music Awards

2015 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Sunday, August 30, 2015 (2015-08-30)
Venue Microsoft Theater,
Los Angeles, California
Host Miley Cyrus
Most awards Taylor Swift (4)
Most nominations Taylor Swift (10)[1]
Official website //vma/
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, Logo TV, BET, Centric, Comedy Central, TV Land, CMT[2][3]

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was held on August 30, 2015.[4] The 32nd installment of the event was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and hosted by Miley Cyrus.[5][6][7] Taylor Swift led the nominations with a total of 10, followed by Ed Sheeran, who had six.[1] Another nominee, Kendrick Lamar, received four nominations for his video "Alright." However, 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, bringing his total number of mentions to 13. Swift's "Wildest Dreams" music video premiered during the pre-show.[8] Cyrus also announced and released her studio album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, right after her performance at the end of the show.[9] During his acceptance speech, Kanye West announced he would be running for the 2020 US Presidential Election.[10] Taylor Swift the most awards with 4, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video. The VMA trophies were redesigned by Jeremy Scott.[11]

Due to a simulcast across ten Viacom networks, the 2015 ceremony's airing on the flagship MTV network alone had the lowest audience in the ceremony's 31-year history. According to Nielsen, it logged 5.03 million viewers only on MTV, 39% less than last year, while cumulative viewers drew 9.8 million with the nine other simulcasting networks. The lowest viewed one was in 1996, since Nielsen began tracking in 1994, with 5.07 million viewers. However, the show broke the "US Twitter record", being the most tweeted about non-sports program, with 21.4 million tweets delivered by 2.2 million people.[12] 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.[13] mtvU aired a behind-the-scenes feed and MTV Hits was blackouted.


  • Performances 1
  • Presenters 2
    • Pre-show 2.1
    • Main show 2.2
  • Winners and nominees 3
    • Video of the Year 3.1
    • Best Male Video 3.2
    • Best Female Video 3.3
    • Artist to Watch 3.4
    • Best Pop Video 3.5
    • Best Rock Video 3.6
    • Best Hip-Hop Video 3.7
    • Best Collaboration 3.8
    • Best Direction 3.9
    • Best Choreography 3.10
    • Best Visual Effects 3.11
    • Best Art Direction 3.12
    • Best Editing 3.13
    • Best Cinematography 3.14
    • Best Video with a Social Message 3.15
    • Song of Summer 3.16
    • Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award 3.17
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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"
"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 U Now"
"What Do You Mean?"
Tori Kelly "Should've Been Us"
Pharrell Williams "Freedom"
(Live from outside The Orpheum Theatre)
Twenty One Pilots
ASAP 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.[15] Nominees for the social media-driven category, Song of Summer, were announced on August 18, 2015.[16]

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, Gloria FX, 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


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  2. ^ Yahr, Emily (August 30, 2015). "VMAs 2015 FAQ: Where to watch the show, who’s performing, red carpet details".  
  3. ^ "2015 MTV Video Music Awards".  
  4. ^ Linder, Emilee (November 13, 2014). "Save The Date! The 2015 VMAs Are Set For…". Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2015: Miley Cyrus reveals what to know". August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ Alexis, Nadeska (July 20, 2015). "Start Freaking, The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations Are Coming". Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lindner, Emilee (July 20, 2015). "Miley Cyrus Is Hosting The 2015 VMAs. This Is Not A Drill.". Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hosken, Patrick (August 23, 2015). "Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ Video Will Premiere During The VMA Pre-Show". Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Stone, Natalie (August 30, 2015). "'"Kanye West: 'I Have Decided in 2020 to Run for President. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ Lindner, Emilee (August 17, 2015). "Jeremy Scott Redesigned The VMA Moonman, And It’s Totally Rad". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kissell, Rick (September 1, 2015). "Video Music Awards Viewership Plummets on MTV".  
  13. ^ "MTV VMAs 2015 Live Stream: How To Watch Online". Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "MTV VMAs: Taylor Swift leads way with nine nominations". Guardian. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "2015 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Revealed: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran & More". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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