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Throughout the show they also had various special guests and performed the following songs: Eight local MTV VMA Best Breakout Artist Awards were awarded.
The table below lists the number of bands considered in each city, the three finalist nominees selected by MTV for each VMA, and the winner in bold.
Now this controversy was about women sticking up for each other, too." Well, I think my overall thought process was something like, 'Wow, I can't believe I won, this is awesome, don't trip and fall, I'm gonna get to thank the fans, this is so cool. "But I had to perform live five minutes later, so I had to get myself back to the place where I could perform." West's outburst resulted in an Internet meme which consisted of images of West being superimposed onto other images alongside text in the style of his VMA outburst ("X is one of the greatest Y of all time", or variants thereon, in some cases preceded by "I'm really happy for you" and/or "I'mma let you finish").
After the VMA incident, Kanye West and Lady Gaga's co-headlining, Fame Kills tour, was cancelled.
For the finale of the show, they showed the trailer of Michael Jackson's This Is It.
Various celebrities and industry figures, including Pink, Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Joel Madden, Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Ryan Seacrest, Chris Jericho, Jeremy Fall, and Dane Cook, spoke out about the incident through Twitter and other outlets, condemning West for the verbal outburst.
Rapper 50 Cent, who has a history of feuding with West, said winning the award was Swift's special moment that night and that West took it away. In what was an off the record part of an interview, West's behavior even received condemnation from U. President Barack Obama, who had invited West to perform at the Youth Inaugural Ball in January.
While Taylor Swift was giving her acceptance speech for Best Female Video "You Belong with Me", Kanye West got onto the stage and interrupted her; he took her microphone, saying: "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! " (West was referring to the music video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".) The cameras then cut to Beyoncé, who looked shocked, saying, "Oh, Kanye. After Beyoncé won Video of the Year for "Single Ladies", she acknowledged her experience winning her first VMA with Destiny's Child at the age of 17, and called Swift back to the stage, hugged her and let her finish her speech.
During the commercial break, singer Pink walked by West and reportedly shook her head in disgust.