From twerking to tweeting, the VMAs has everyone from Miley Cyrus and MTV to Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift talking

From twerking to tweeting, the VMAs has everyone from Miley Cyrus and MTV to Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift talking

MTV are taking no chances with this year's VMAS, with Miley Cyrus hosting as Nicki Minaj trades tweets with Taylor Swift over her annoyance at Anaconda not being nominated for video of the year


MTV hope having Miley host will stop her from twerking.
MTV hope having Miley host will stop her from twerking.
Photo: @MileyCyrus/Twitter

Two years after twerking her way into MTV history, Miley Cyrus will be hosting this year's Video Music Awards.

In a tweet on Monday, the pop star posted photos of herself in a bright green alien outfit, holding up posters reading, "MTV won’t let me perform," followed by "So I’m hosting this year’s VMAs."

MTV confirmed the news and shared Cyrus’s photos on Twitter.

The former Disney star sparked a frenzy at the 2013 VMAs when she performed with Robin Thicke, breaking the internet with her twerking.

The awards show, which honours artists for achievements in music videos, has a history of surprising, unscripted moments. Kanye West famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in 2009 and Britney Spears shared a kiss with Madonna during the show in 2003.

The VMAs will air from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on August 30. 

Minaj isn't happy Anaconda wasn't nominated

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj traded words on Twitter after the rapper said she was upset she didn’t earn a nomination for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Minaj tweeted multiple times that she didn’t understand why her butt-shaking video for Anaconda wasn’t up for the top award when MTV announced the nominees Tuesday.

She wrote in one tweet: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” She also tweeted, “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.

Minaj did not mention specific artists in her tweets.

Swift, whose Bad Blood is nominated for video of the year, is the top VMA contender with nine nominations.

“I’ve done nothing but love & support you,” she tweeted to Minaj. “It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”

Nominees for video of the year include Beyonce’s 7/11, Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk.

Minaj said she never mentioned Swift in her tweets.

“Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u,” Minaj said to Swift. “I love u just as much. But u should speak on this.”

“If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on,” Swift replied.

Anaconda, released a year ago, has 488 million views on YouTube. It earned VMA nominations for best female video and hip-hop video. Minaj is also up for best collaboration for Bang Bang with Ariana Grande and Jessie J.

Swift’s nominations for Bad Blood include best collaboration, direction, editing, visual effects, art direction and cinematography. Her other hit, Blank Space, which boasts 1 billion views on YouTube, is nominated for best female video and pop video.

Bad Blood, the action-packed clip that starred Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez and Lamar, has 360 million views on YouTube.


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