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The 2015 MTV VMAs Had Limited Love for Electronic Music

News flash: A lot of predictably ridiculous things went down last night (Sunday, August 30) at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Justin Bieber broke into tears after his performance/aerial act. Host Miley Cyrus rotated through a rack of outlandish outfits before gifting her new album, Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, to the world. Kanye West rounded out a passionate, freewheeling speech with the promise of a presidential run in 2020. You get the idea.

While pop and hip hop rule the VMAs, electronic music wasn’t entirely missing from the ceremony. LA maestro Flying Lotus and director of photography Larkin Seiple picked up the Best Cinematography statuette for their indelible work on the “Never Catch Me” video. Meanwhile, director siblings Alex and Ben Brewer won Best Visual Effects for Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now.”

Bieber’s performance opened with “Where Are Ü Now,” but his Jack Ü buddies were otherwise occupied. (Skrillex is in Ibiza for Together at Amnesia; Diplo might’ve just been at Pizza Hut.) From there, Bieber pivoted to his latest single, the distinctly ‘tropical house’ accented “What Do You Mean?”, before dropping a motivational message on the people.

In closing, you could look at a slideshow of Miley Cyrus outfits, but maybe choose rewatching FlyLo’s “Never Catch Me” again. (Scroll down to see the full list of winners.)

MTV VMAS 2015 WINNERS LIST

Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”

Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Best Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Best Video With a Social Message: Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World”

Song of the Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer, “She’s Kinda Hot”

Best Collaboration: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

Best Direction: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (Colin Tilley & the Little Homies)

Best Choreography: OK Go, “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

Best Cinematography: Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Seiple)

Best Art Direction: Snoop Dogg, “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)

Best Editing: Beyoncé, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)

Best Visual Effects: Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)

Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap

Video of the Year: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”

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