It is easy to forget that in among all the fights, the feuds and the egos, Sunday’s MTV VMA ceremony also included some awards. Below, our Top 10 fun facts and figures about this year’s winners (and losers) of the Video Music Awards.
2. Women have won seven of the last eight Video of the Year races; Timberlake broke that streak in 2013.
3. With nine nominations, Swift had the potential to break the record set by Lady Gaga in 2010 for most wins (8) in one night by a female artist. However, she only prevailed in four of her races. Swift also claimed Best Collaboration for “Bad Blood” and both Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for “Blank Space.”
5. Kanye West may have been honored with the most prestigious prize, the Video Vanguard Award, but he is only three for 33 among his competitive bids — Best Male Video (“Jesus Walks,” 2005), Best Special Effects (“Good Life,” 2008) and Best Social Message Video (“One Man Can Change the World,” 2015). And only three of his videos — “Jesus Walks,” “Stronger” (2007) and “Love Lockdown” (2009) have been nominated for the top prize.
6. Michael Jackson, for whom the Video Vanguard Award is named, lost all three of his Video of the Year bids.
7. With her Best Hip Hop Video win for “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj is now tied at two apiece in this category with OutKast, Missy Elliott, Eminem and Drake.
8. Beyonce moves closer to Madonna’s record 20 wins, picking up her 15th competitive prize with a Best Editing win for “7/11.”
9. The biggest surprises, according to our official racetrack odds, were in two of the creative races: Best Art Direction (“So Many Pros”) and Cinematography (“Never Catch Me”).
10. Despite six nominations, Ed Sheeran went home empty-handed.