VMAs' showstoppers: Nicki Minaj and Kanye West seize the moment

August 31, 2015 5:05 AM

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Virtually all the chatter heading into Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards had to do with what kind of ruckus Miley Cyrus might raise as the show's host. Two years ago, remember, it was Cyrus — the Disney Channel star turned twerk-happy enfant terrible — who scandalized a nation with her super-raunchy performance alongside Robin Thicke on the VMAs. Then, in 2014, Cyrus didn't perform, and viewership dropped 18%.

So MTV spared no opportunity hyping Cyrus' gig as emcee for this year's event, broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

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