Best #WomenSupportingWomen 2015 VMA Moments

The music industry tends to stack the odds against female artists, often focusing on their appearances and feuds (especially as of late).

But the 2015 VMAs that aired Sunday was a testament to the power of female bonds and friendships. With front runners of the night being Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift, viewers were reminded of the ever-changing face of feminism in pop culture and beyond.  

Here are the three moments from last night's awards show that epitomized #GirlPower.

1. Nicki Minaj Joins Hand-in-Hand With Taylor Swift

Nicki Minaj shared the stage for her opening act with Taylor Swift, boldly declaring that there was zero "bad blood" between the two artists. Together the duo set the tone for what would unravel into a night of owning female solidarity in an industry that continually pits women against women.

2. Miley Cyrus Hosted The Awards As Miley


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The always exuberant and daring Miley did not shy away from her usual envelope-pushing antics. The singer-actress was applauded for owning her individuality while remaining afloat with the night's agenda. Most notably, Cyrus stuck to her guns with her activism at award shows with nods to the LGBT community with her final performance of her new single "Do It." In the midst of naysayers, Miley Cyrus was a force to be reckoned with.  

3. Taylor Swift Axes Gender Norms in Acceptance Speech for "Best VMA Female Video"
Taylor Swift gave thanks to the state of gender equality during her acceptance speech upon winning best female video of the year for "Bad Blood."

"There's been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means," Swift said. "But I'm just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers."

Accompanied on stage with her star-studded cast from the video, Swift and her girl gang epitomized her #SquadGoals, even crediting them with writing and creating their own roles in the video.

Tell us, what was your favorite #WomenSupportingWomen moment of the 2015 VMAs?

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