The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards' stage had magical powers strong enough to squash the Twitter beef between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift and bring Justin Bieber to tears. Here's a rundown of all the performances from the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, including video!
Nicki Minaj opened the awards ceremony with dancers wearing feather headdresses. The female MC sat on a throne, wearing all as she rapped the first couple bars of her new song "Trini Dem Girls," off of her 2014 album "The Pinkprint." Shirtless male dancers surrounded her as she made her way down the stage, stopping every now and then to twerk with more restraint than she expressed during her "Anaconda" performance at the 2014 VMAs. Suddenly the music stopped then cut to her hit "The Night Is Still Young."
"If you happy to be alive, make some noise right now!" she told the VMAs audience. Minaj's long black hair shined against her bright outfit. She showed off her singing skills on the hook as more male dancers joined her on a smaller podium floating among the seats at the Microsoft theater, shirtless and wearing tribal paint. In a surprise to end all surprises, Taylor Swift came out on the stage, singing the chorus. The stars sang a duet together both dressed in red, and as if fans couldn't get enough, they wrapped up with the chorus from Swift's "Bad Blood.".
2) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance of their new song "Downtown" immediately followed Nicki Minaj's opening performance, with a brief introduction by Minaj herself. Their performance perfectly echoed the video for the song that premiered on Friday, complete with the retro costumes. The only thing that was different is the location, as they literally took over the streets of Downtown Los Angeles and performed on a large outdoor stage in front of the Orpheum Theatre.
All of the artists who had cameos in the video also showed up for the performance, including Foxy Shazam front man Eric Nally. He made his grand entrance in a smaller version of the chariot from the video. This one was shaped like an eagle's head and positioned to the side of the stage to allow space for dancers to do their thing.
3) The Weeknd
Abel Tesfaye, or the artist known as The Weeknd, performed his song hit "Can't Feel My Face" and took a minimalist approach. His MTV Video Music Awards debut featured a red and black design that swirled on a giant screen onstage to the beat of the music. Fellow artists like Kanye West and Taylor Swift could be seen dancing along, and even Chrissy Tiegen and her hubby John Legend danced in their seats. White spotlights darted around the stage like lasers. To add a little flair toward the end of his set, flames flared up from the stage floor as The Weeknd did a Michael Jackson-inspired spin.
4) Demi Lovato
The former Disney star performed her summer hit "Cool For The Summer," looking sexy in a black crisscrossed onesie and knee high boots, with her short black hair just slightly wet as if she'd be laying out by the pool. Her stage props fit in with the summery theme and included lawn chairs, giant purple metallic beach balls, umbrellas and dancers in one-piece colorful swimsuits. She performed on the same outdoor stage as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and her performance featured a cameo from her BFF, female hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea. The girls danced onstage together back to back as Iggy busted out a few lines wearing all white.
Lovato's performance gave off a Katy Perry circa "California Girls" vibe toward the end when beach balls and confetti were released on the crowd and Lovato hovered over her fans in giant inflatable octagon-shaped pool float.
5) Justin Bieber
The pop star started off his comeback performance with "Where Are You Now" and "What Do You Mean?" for the crowd at the Microsoft theater. His silhouette appeared on the dark stage, illuminated by a bright spotlight behind him. He crooned the Diplo and Skrillex produced track wearing all black crooning and crooning into a headset microphone while male dancers dressed in all white helped him show off his moves. A black backdrop closed in behind him as the track switched to his newest single "What Do You Mean?"
The audience screamed as he performed solo on a smaller stage closer to the crowd, and the lights went out as the song paused while a quote played. When the lights came back on, Bieber was suspended in the air on a harness and the crowed screamed again. Bieber couldn't handle his emotions once his performance was over and broke down in tears onstage.
6) Tori Kelly
The Youtube sensation-turned-pop star performed a soulful, stripped down version of her hit "It Should've Been Us." She started off with just her sultry voice and a guitar on a darkened stage. But as the light came up, a full band and back up singers joined in. Wearing a gold beaded outfit, a black cardigan and her signature big, blonde curly 'do, Kelly got the audience to clan along with her during her MTV VMAs debut.
7) Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams performed the final Downtown LA performance of the night. "Tonight we come to let loose, tonight we come to dance," Williams told the crowed gathered by the outdoor stage. "Tonight we change things, LA make some noise!"
He performed his new song "Freedom" wearing black jean jacket over a black and white striped shirt. Everyone in the crowed held and waved flags as the dancers snapped their fingers along to the beat. The choreography was animated with exaggerated movements as a stream of fireworks erupted from behind the stage.
8) ASAP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots
The alternative hip hop duo, Twenty One Pilots, consisting of singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, collaborated with hip hop artist ASAP Rocky to give the VMAs an edgy performance. Joseph and ASAP's precise flow matched the bright blue laser lights that shot out across the stage as confetti fell from ceiling and Dun banged along to the rap duet. At one point, ASAP and Joseph kneel down to fan-level as the crowd screamed, bounced and jumped to the beat. At the end of the performance, ASAP turned to the camera and announced, "look mama we made it."
9) Miley Cyrus
In one of the biggest surprises of the night, host Miley Cyrus performed her surprise new single "Do It," proudly singing "I don't give a f---" as she stomped down the stage with an army of drag queens behind her. She wore a colorful one-legged jumper singing and showing off her quirky, charming dance moves. Her performance was pretty tame, even though she came pretty close to kissing drag queen and danced wildly onstage. She whipped her long, blonde, dreadlocked ponytail around and a dancer shot confetti out at audience from in between her legs. She announced the release of her new album, "Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Pets," which was made available for free download immediately.