The MTV VMAs had another successful night with pop stars glittering the red carpet. The annual ceremony saw some of the biggest names in pop at the Barclays Centre in New York City on 12th September.
Justin Bieber who took home award for artist of the year got maximum nominations. Bieber was nominated in seven categories, followed by Megan Thee Stallion with six nominations. Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo, a first-time nominee, each earned five nominations.
It was a big nights for Lil Nas X as the singer won the top prize at the MTV Video Music Awards. The 22 year old gave a tongue-in-cheek thank you to the “gay agenda” in footage broadcast by MTV. While accepting the video of the year award for Montero (Call Me By Your Name), the delighted rapper can be heard saying, “First, I want to say thank you to the gay agenda! Let’s go, gay agenda! The star, who has emerged as a vocal advocate for LGBT rights, raised awareness of HIV in the US South through his performance during the VMAs.
It was also a night to remember for pop princess Olivia Rodrigo. The 18-year-old was not only named best new artist at her first VMAs she also won song of the year and Push Performance of the Year for her megahit Drivers License.
Among the performers were pop couple Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, evening’s host Doja cat, The Kid LAROI feat. Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Machine Gun Kelly feat. Travis Barker and many more.
Alicia Keys too delivered a tribute to New York City on the weekend marking the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. She performed her track “Empire State Of Mind”, a love letter to her hometown.
List of winners from MTV VMAs 2021
Video of the Year: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records
Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber – Def Jam
Song of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo: “Drivers License” – Geffen Records
Best New Artist: Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
Push Performance of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo: “Drivers License” – Geffen Records
Best Pop: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon: “Peaches” – Def Jam
Best Hip-Hop: Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A.: “Franchise” – Cactus Jack / Epic Records
Best Rock: John Mayer: “Last Train Home” – Columbia Records
Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear: “My Ex’s Best Friend” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records
Best Latin: Billie Eilish & Rosalía: “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Best R&B: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records
Best K-pop: BTS – “Butter” – Bighit Music
Video For Good: Billie Eilish: “Your Power” – Darkroom / Interscope Records
Best Direction: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
Best Cinematography: Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid: “Brown Skin Girl” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
Best Art Direction: Saweetie ft. Doja Cat: “Best Friend” – Warner Records – Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile
Best Visual Effects: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
Best Choreography: Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Columbia Records
Best Editing: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet