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VMAs 2016: Kanye West's speech, more misfires from the MTV awards show

The MTV Video Music Awards are known to be packed with controversial outfits, weird moments, confusing speeches and impromptu feuds.

The 2016 show was the first time in VMA history that the biggest names in the music industry filled Madison Square Garden. With Britney Spears making her comeback after nearly a decade, Rihanna receiving the video vanguard award and comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele serving as the night's commentators, the awards show was bursting with potential.

Unfortunately, some of that potential got lost somewhere in NYC and never made it to the stage – maybe it was stuck in traffic with Drake.

This year’s show left us rather perplexed. Here are the five VMA misfires we’re still trying to figure out.

Nicole Byer’s awkward interjections

It's not unusual for the MTV cameras to
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It's not unusual for the MTV cameras to switch to a behind-the-scenes shot between VMA commercials. It is unusual for MTV to do so randomly between performer announcements. Nicole Byer, of "Girl Code," wasn't really even backstage. Cameras switched from the stage to shots of her in a Madison Square Garden hallway. Byer is known for her exuberant personality on the MTV comedy show, but it didn't seem to mesh well with the VMAs vibe. Clips of Byer seemingly yelling into the mic were at times more jarring than comical.

Key and Peele’s commentary

You'd think an awards show narrated by the
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You'd think an awards show narrated by the biggest social media influencers in comedy would be ... well, funny. But Key and Peele fell short of hysterical. Their jokes seemed a bit too forced. Nonetheless, when one cracked a joke, the other was eager to pat him on the back, whether it was deserved or not. "How 'bout this one? Kim Kardashian West stars in this year's 'Law and Order: SVU' - Snapchat Victims Unit," Peele joked. "That's fire, that's fire, that's fire," Key babbled off endlessly in response.

Kanye West's speech

When you give Kanye West four minutes to
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When you give Kanye West four minutes to do whatever he wants on the VMA stage, what do you think will happen? He'll go off about life, his dreams, inspiration, idols and more -- and you probably won't be able to decipher any of it. That's exactly what West did. He even mentioned the whole Taylor Swift feud saga and showered Beyoncé with praise -- again. Will they ever move on?

Britney Spears’ comeback

When you think VMA comeback, you think monumental,
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When you think VMA comeback, you think monumental, memorable, game changing. Britney Spears' performance lacked all three. She went on after Beyoncé, which only brightened the spotlight on Spears. It was what we'd expect from Spears, though, and was a positive contrast from her 2007 "Gimme More" performance. Spears did pull off her choreography with ease, but it just wasn't as "triumphant" a return as presenter Kim Kardashian said it would be. Plus, the giant shadow hands stroking her during "Make Me" were a bit odd.

These white carpet looks

Everyone knows the VMAs red carpet (in this
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Everyone knows the VMAs red carpet (in this case white carpet) can be a key moment in a celeb's fashion history. But these celebrities seemed to be trying a bit too hard. "Teen Mom's" Farrah Abraham wore a Wonder Woman costume, even though it's not Halloween. Why? Who knows. Nick Cannon matched the carpet from head to toe, even his turban was solid white. Hollywood Reporter suggests he may have been trying to top Pharrell's 2014 giant Grammys hat.


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