The dramatic buildup to Miley Cyrus’ VMA hosting gig paid off about as well as expected. Considering Miley’s usual level of stuntqueening, she certainly couldn’t top her 2013 twerking performance with Robin Thicke. So Miley did what she does best — flash the flesh and make terrible jokes. We’ll cover her red carpet fashion in a different post, but let’s talk about how she did as the event’s host.
Miley wanted to shock, yet she came off as a try-hard who mentioned weed at every opportunity. She even urged the crowd to say “marijuana” to prove her status as a rebel. We all know that Miley loves her weed, but she doesn’t need to remind us every 10 minutes, especially when Miley told Kanye to “pass that sh*t” after his 11-minute Video Vanguard acceptance speech. Then Miley said she was jealous of Kim Kardashian’s in-utero child because of Kim’s nips. She also did a mini-skit about marijuana edibles (“Mike Will MADE-IT,” she said). Then there was a weird, high-concept moment where Miley talked to Snoop Dogg, who had turned into a pig.
Weed references aside, the entire evening was also filled with awkward moments such as Miley loving Justin Bieber’s “swoop” and calling Jared Leto, “the woman with which I had my first lesbian experience.” We can’t post the most risqué Miley outfits here, but I’ll try to round up a few of the more entertaining parts of the show. She was pretty awful as a host, and I think that was the point. MTV only wanted spectacle. For starters, Miley had an “accidental” backstage nipslip, which was totally on purpose.
Here’s Miley’s intro speech where she called Billy Ray Cyrus “old” and joked about not putting out an album this year because she spent all her time on Instagram. This would be funny if it wasn’t completely true.
The most telling moment of the evening was when Nicki Minaj called Miley out while accepting the Moonman award for Best Hip-Hop Video. Last week, Miley dissed Nicki for complaining about the “Anaconda” omission for the Best Video category. Miley said Nicki was too “angry” and made the whole VMAs about herself. Soooo, Nicki fired back onstage (after thanking her pastor): “And now back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day to the press. Miley, what’s good?” Miley seemed taken aback: “We all do interviews, and we all know how they manipulate.” Look at Rebel Wilson’s expression when Nicki comes for Miley. Do you think Miley knew this was coming?
I don’t believe Nicki and Miley’s little interaction was planned at all. Miley was notably rattled when Nicki came at her. Twitter seemed mixed on whether this was real.
Looks like Nicki was joking but Miley took it serious with her response. You can tell by how she was talking.
— Nigel Int'l D. (@Nigel_D) August 31, 2015
Miley wasn't ready. That wasn't the usual corny staging they do. Nicki didn't crack a single smile.
— KANfident (@FeministaJones) August 31, 2015
If yall watched wrestling more u would know that the Nicki Miley thing was a BLATANT work (read — part of the show)
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) August 31, 2015
I think Nicki’s words were real, but here’s Miley’s behind-the-scenes selfie, just for fun.
To close the show out, Miley performed a new song, “Dooo It,” with the assistance of the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne. Her backup dancers hailed from RuPaul’s Drag race, and then the final bomb dropped. Miley announced her new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which is available here as a free download. BOOM.
(Way to make the whole evening about you, Miley!)
Here’s the video for “Dooo It,” which may be the worst song on the album.
Photos courtesy of Getty