2015 was quite a year in music: Zayne Malik stepped down from One Direction, straight men everywhere started admitting that they like listening to Justin Bieber, Beyonce continued existing, and Adele came in last minute and shattered every music record, like, ever.
Award show season is well on its way, and surely all that is glorious in the music world will be celebrated. However, there are no winners without losers, no success without fail — so we thought it is more than necessary to pay homage to those who helped make 2015 so memorable in their shamelessness.
These are the inductees into the 2015 Music Hall of Shame.
1. Kanye at the MTV VMAs
If only he stuck to his planned performance…but then again, Kanye wouldn’t be Kanye without announcing he is running for president in the longest most confusing speech in music awards history. Honestly though, who would you rather see in the Oval Office: Donald Trump or Kanye? BRUH.
2. Meek Mill for thinking he could one up Drake
It all started with the tweet heard ‘round the world. Silly Meek thought he could just come for The Great One without getting a response. Drake, however, completely annihilated Meek with “Back to Back,” the first diss record to hit the Billboard top 100 and break streaming records. The whole thing completely backfired on Meek and all he was left with were a mountain full of shameful memes.
3. Bieber’s Hair
There’s no denying Bieber made a huge comeback this year. It looked like he was in a downward spiral for a while, but with the help of a Skrillex and Diplo collaboration, he managed to avoid a complete and total disaster. His new album “Purpose” has actually given us Bieber fever and made us all Beliebers again. BUT, there’s one thing that Bieber just can’t seem to get right: his hair.
4. Deadmau5 for taking to the internet to express hateful feelings
Deadmau5 is one of the biggest internet trolls out there. This year he seemed to reach new heights with a Twitterstorm of opinions on just about everything. Most notably, he criticized Skrillex and Diplo for “Where are U Now” featuring Bieber. He also fired shots at Avicii, David Guetta, Krewella…the list goes on. Hey Deadmau5, put all that tweeting energy to creating new music.
you can ignore bullying but at some point you have to stand up for yourself and your friends ????????
— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) November 1, 2015
5. Taylor Swift for trying to call out Nicki Minaj for no reason.
@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
This feud was over before it even started. Nicki even performed with Taylor at the VMAs shortly after. Nonetheless, it was still an embarrassing moment for TSwift. She responded to Nicki’s tweet (again, Twitter at the center of the feud) about her Video of the Year nomination snub for “Anaconda.” In the tweet, Nicki called out MTV saying that “other” videos who break records feature “slim bodies” and get recognized. To be fair, Beyonce’s “7/11” was nominated, but obviously didn’t feature slim bodies. So the tweet was most likely about Taylor, but Minaj was not taking a jab at her. She was calling out MTV and the double standards in the music industry.
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
6. Mariah Carey for Lip Syncing
This video is so painful you might not be able to get through the whole thing.
To recap: Mariah Carey’s attempt at lip syncing is cringeworthy. The least she could do was actually TRY to lip sync. It seemed like she didn’t care that people could tell she was lip syncing. The age of Mariah is most definitely over. If you go to a live show, don’t expect anything more than this.
7. Madonna for “Bitch I’m Madonna”
Madonna needs to LET IT GO. I mean seriously, LET IT GO. The song is awful, but the music video is even worse. It’s a desperate attempt to stay young and relevant at best. I keep picturing Mean Girls “I’m a cool mom” while Madonna runs around in pink hair and makes out with guys half her age.
8. Miley Cyrus hosting the VMAs
Miley was just being Miley at the VMAs, except for the fact that no one knows who Miley is anymore. Lately it seems like she is trying to blur every line (no pun intended) and cross every boundary, but while doing so she is all over the place.
During her VMA hosting gig, she performed a song off her new album that talked about NOT being a hippie, loving weed, the earth, the universe, all to a trap beat. Oh, and then she topped it off with a dance routine to the 90s anthem “Rhythm is a Dancer.”
No clue. No words. No idea.