Worst: The Parade of No-Shows
Had things gone a little differently, this year VMAs could have been the greatest night of Fetty Wap's life. The "Trap Queen" singer won the fan-voted Artist to Watch award, and he could have taken a Moon Man from Rita Ora and Emily Ratajkowski before partying the rest of the night away alongside famous fans like Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Instead, he was 3,000 miles away playing a gig with Chris Brown, Omarion and Kid Ink in Long Island. There's a reason that Taylor, Nicki Minaj and many others made sure their tour schedules were clear on VMA night: It is still a big deal to be watched by millions of music fans at once. Fetty Wap should have been there, and the same goes for four-time nominee Kendrick Lamar — though he had a better excuse since he was playing the Reading Festival in England. We also would have liked to have seen Katy Perry, if for no other reason than it would have given Taylor Swift yet one more person to publicly embrace after a feud. Jay Z didn't want to support Kanye getting Video Vanguard Award? Ed Sheeran wasn't out reveling with Team Tay-Tay? With the Internet's on-demand delivery depleting the number of "actually famous" musicians, the absence of the few we have left only seems more glaring.