MTV VMAs 2015's 20 Best and Worst Moments

Kanye's stunning speech, Miley's free nipple and more highs and lows from MTV's explosive night

Best: The Wrath of Joseph Kahn
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Best: The Wrath of Joseph Kahn

No one will be talking about it today, what with Kanye's Video Vanguard speech, Miley and Nicki's awkward on-air spat and Bieber's tears, but Taylor Swift deserves credit (like she didn't get enough last night) for letting director Joseph Kahn get on the mic after she won Best Female Video for "Blank Space." Like Kahn — who's been doing this for more than 20 years, and made clips for everyone from Aaliyah and Britney to Shaq and U2 — said, there's a reason why MTV doesn't usually let directors get onstage during their biggest show of the year, and his speech probably had VMA producers slitting their wrists. However, it was great to see the folks who actually make music videos get some shine. From "Blank Space"'s producers and costume designers to the dude who rented him the cameras, Kahn thanked the men and women who, more often than not, do the thankless jobs. And while you can debate the medium's relative worth in 2015, this show is still called the "Video Music Awards" for a reason.

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