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Miley Cyrus flashes breast, Kanye West rants and Taylor Swift wins top prize at MTV VMAs

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Taylor Swift won video of the year, Miley Cyrus briefly flashed one of her breasts and Kanye West ranted at the MTV Video Music Awards.

After Swift won the top prize for “Bad Blood,” Cyrus was backstage speaking and hiding behind a curtain, but one of her breasts appeared onscreen before the camera cut away. MTV said the clip will be removed from all future broadcasts.

Cyrus closed the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a performance, which started with the line: “Yeah, I spoke pot.”

She’s not the only one: West, who said he got high before going onstage on Sunday, gave a rambling speech as he apologized to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009, admitting “I don’t understand awards shows,” bashing MTV, and claiming he would run for president in 2020.

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Taylor Swift, right, embraces Kanye West after presenting him with the video vanguard award  at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift, right, embraces Kanye West after presenting him with the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Big Sean, Kanye West, John Legend at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015.
Big Sean, Kanye West, John Legend at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015. Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/REX Shutterstock
Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015.
Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015. Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/REX Shutterstock
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015. Credit: Photo by Broadimage/REX Shutterstock
Taylor Swift, Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in  Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015.
Taylor Swift, Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, America - 30 Aug 2015. Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/REX Shutterstock

Swift presented West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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“This arena tomorrow is gonna be a completely different setup, this stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone, but the affect that it had on people remained,” West said of running onstage during Swift’s speech at the 2009 VMAs. “The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing.”

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It was just one of the dramatic moments at the awards show. Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper was being a poor sport about not receiving a nomination for video of the year.

After collecting best hip-hop video for “Anaconda” on Sunday, Minaj told the audience: “And now back to this b—- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what’s good?”

Minaj’s microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with “we all know how they manipulate” words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times. Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award.

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“I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it’s no big deal. It’s just an award and I persevered,” she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj.

She ended with: “Congratulations Nicki.”

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In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her “pop star war” with Swift that began in July. On the show, however, that “war” appeared to be over, with Swift joining the rapper during her performance of the “The Night Is Still Young.” Both in red, Swift performed some of her hit, “Bad Blood,” and the two closed with a hug.

The beef began in July when the nominations were announced and Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with “Anaconda,” was not up for video of the year. She tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and said black female entertainers don’t get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift, the top nominee with 10 nods, thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online, but later apologized.

Swift’s wins included best female video and pop video for “Blank Space” and video of the year for “Bad Blood.”

“I know there’s been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I’m just happy that in 2015 we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers,” she said onstage after winning the top prize.

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Miley Cyrus performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Miley Cyrus performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Miley Cyrus, center, performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Miley Cyrus, center, performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Miley Cyrus hands out avocados to the press in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Miley Cyrus hands out avocados to the press in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Miley Cyrus poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Miley Cyrus poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Taylor Swift, center, accepts the award for video of the year for “Bad Blood" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Pictured from left are, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid, Joseph Kahn, Lily Aldridge, Mariska Hargitay and Karlie Kloss.
Taylor Swift, center, accepts the award for video of the year for “Bad Blood" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Pictured from left are, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid, Joseph Kahn, Lily Aldridge, Mariska Hargitay and Karlie Kloss. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
Rita Ora, left, and Emily Ratajkowski present the artist to watch award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Rita Ora, left, and Emily Ratajkowski present the artist to watch award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
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Miguel, left, and Gigi Hadid introduce a performance by 21 Pilots and A$AP Rocky at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Miguel, left, and Gigi Hadid introduce a performance by 21 Pilots and A$AP Rocky at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
A$AP Rocky performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
A$AP Rocky performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP
A$AP Rocky performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
A$AP Rocky performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Justin Bieber returned to the big stage with slick dance moves to his hit “Where Are U Now” and new single, “What Do You Mean.” He was emotional by the end of the performance and cried onstage.

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Tori Kelly was a vocal powerhouse during her performance of “Should’ve Been Us,” ending in a cappella to a rousing applause. The Weeknd’s smoky performance of “Can’t Feel My Face” was energetic and smooth, and even West, Swift and Selena Gomez got out of the chairs to dance to the upbeat track. And Demi Lovato brought a sexy vibe when she sang her anthemic “Cool for the Summer” outdoors with background dancers wearing bright colours that added to the song’s summer-feel.

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Cyrus hosted the VMAs two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for “Wrecking Ball.” She took a selfie with people in the audience and asked them to yell: “Marijuana.”

“Ellen, you ain’t got nothing on this,” she said.

Cyrus announced at the end of the show that her new album is available online for free.