Fall Out Boy Were One of the Only Actual Bands to Win Anything at the VMAs
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony was decidedly lacking in the rock department – in fact, the closest connection to rock music might've been when Foxy Shazam's Eric Nally joined Macklemore for a performance of "Downtown" or when 30 Seconds to Mars frontman and Oscar winner Jared Leto introduced the Weeknd.
And while most of the evening's nominees came from the realm of Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, there were a few bands that use actual guitars up for Moonmen during the show recorded Sunday (Aug. 30) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Most, however, were nominated in the Best Rock Video category. Fall Out Boy won for "Uma Thurman," beating out Hozier ("Take Me to Church"), Florence + the Machine ("Ship to Wreck"), Walk the Moon (Shut Up & Dance) and the Arctic Monkeys (Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"). The award, however, was given out during a pre-televised event.
"Uma Thurman” comes from Fall Out Boy's latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in January. The star-studded video features appearances by Big Data, Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco and Action Bronson.
A few more rock-oriented acts did, however, for awards that weren't televised. OK Go won Best Choreography for their impressive "I Won't Let You Down" video, beating the likes of Alt-J ("Left Hand Free"), FKA Twigs ("Two Weeks") and even Taylor Swift herself. Skrillex and Diplo won Best Visual Effects for "Where Are You Now" and Flying Lotus won Best Cinematography for "Never Catch Me" feat. Kendrick Lamar.
Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd put on an incendiary performance of his single, "I Can't Feel My Face," but he was shut out of all three awards he was nominated for: Best Male Video for ”Earned It” (originally on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack), Best Collaboration for ”Love Me Harder”with Ariana Grande and Song of the Summer for “Can’t Feel My Face.”
But the biggest winner of the night was surely Kanye West – who was handed a microphone by MTV and given about 10 minutes to do whatever he wanted. He responded by calling out MTV for playing up his manufactured quasi-feud with Taylor Swift (he said, "You know how many times they announced that Taylor was gonna give me the award?") and also announcing that he'll be running for president in 2020.