Last Updated Aug 30, 2015 9:08 PM EDT
“If you’re happy to be alive, make some noise right now!” Nicki Minaj said as she kicked off the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.
Minaj played a montage of her hits, including “The Night is Still Young,” where she was joined by Taylor Swift. They even performed part of Swift’s “Bad Blood” — showing the crowd there is no real “bad blood” between them after trading words over Twitter following the VMAs nominations announcement.
The excitement started even before the official awards gala began. The night kicked off with a star-studded VMAs pre-show that featured Walk the Moon performing their hit “Shut Up and Dance” and Jonas singing his new single “Levels.”
And a few awards were announced ahead of the show, too. Fall Out Boy received best rock video for “Uma Thurman,” beating out Walk the Moon, Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine and Hozier. And Taylor Swift scored the best pop video honor for “Blank Space” shortly before premiering her new video for “Wildest Dreams,” which co-stars Scott Eastwood.
“I hope people like it,” she said on the red carpet.
Host Miley Cyrus was jazzed up prior to the show, saying on the red carpet: “It’s been kind of the most magical week of my life … It feels like Christmas.”
2015 MTV VMAs winners
Swift leads the pack of 2015 nominees with nine Moonmen, including Video of the Year for “Bad Blood,” featuring Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham and more of the pop star’s famous pals. Ed Sheeran is in the running with six nominations, while Beyonce and Mark Ronson are each up for five nods.
In addition to Swift, some of the other leading VMAs contenders are up for the night’s biggest honor: Video of the Year. Nominees are Beyoncé for “7/11,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar for “Bad Blood,” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars with “Uptown Funk” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
West will collect the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his “career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture,” per MTV. Previous recipients have included David Bowie, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Madonna.
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