Lil Nas X gained video of the yr at Sundays MTV VMAs on an evening that Justin Bieber triumphantly returned to the stage as a performer and as winner of the artist of the yr.
“I do not take this for granted,” Lil Nas X mentioned whereas accepting the evening’s last award for the music video for his track, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
A lot of the early present belonged to Bieber, who for his first VMAs efficiency in six years rappelled from the ceiling of the Barclays Heart firstly of the present for an brisk efficiency of “Stay” with Child LAROI after which his single “Ghost.”
The VMAs celebrated MTV’s fortieth anniversary, mixing moments between early community stars like Cyndi Lauper and present opener Madonna with high-octane performances by newer stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello and Chloe.
Bieber was the main nominee going into the ceremony. He took dwelling one of the best pop honor for “Peaches,” a track that featured Daniel Caesar and Giveon – who accompanied him onstage.
Sporting saggy garments and a hoodie, Bieber confirmed his appreciation for the awards being in-person and thanked his spouse, Hailey, for supporting him.
“As we know, there’s so much going on in the world as we speak,” Bieber mentioned throughout his acceptance speech after successful artist of the yr. “I know you guys have probably heard it a lot. We are in unprecedented times with this COVID thing that’s happening right now. It’s a big deal. Music is such an amazing outlet to be able to reach people and bring us all together. That’s why we are here right now. We’re all here together.”
Opening the present, Madonna informed the screaming crowd: “They said we wouldn’t last. But we’re still here.”
Moments after Olivia Rodrigo carried out her hit “good 4 u,” she collected the evening’s first award for her large hit track “Drivers License.” She later gained greatest new artist.
“I feel so grateful that I get to write music, make stuff that I love and call it my job,” mentioned Rodrigo, the first-time nominee. Earlier within the awards, the singer referred to as this the “most magical year of my life.”
Jennifer Lopez, who three days earlier made her re-kindled romance with Ben Affleck official on the pink carpet of his new movie ““The Last Duel” on the Venice Worldwide Movie Competition, introduced Rodrigo her trophy.
Billie Eilish gained the fan-voted video for good for her track “Your Power.” In her acceptance speech, she mentioned Alicia Keys kissed her on the cheek, spoke in regards to the satisfaction of writing the track and girls empowerment.
Eilish and Rosalía gained greatest Latin video for his or her track “Lo Vas A Olvidar.” BTS gained three awards together with group of the yr, greatest Okay-pop and track of summer time for “Butter.”
“We need to protect our own women at all costs,” mentioned Eilish, whereas her brother-producer Finneas applauded his sister from his seat. “We need to remember that we all have power. We have to remember not to abuse it.”
Lauper, who introduced Bieber together with his first award, advocated for equal rights for girls.
“Girls still want to have fun,” mentioned Lauper, identified for traditional melody “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” “But we also want to have funds, equal pay, control over our bodies, you know, fundamental rights.”
Lil Nas X hit the stage with Jack Harlow, then he carried out his controversial track “Montero (Call Me by Your Name).” Kacey Musgraves and Shawn Mendes additionally hit the stage.
Olympic gymnastic champion Simone Biles launched Doja Cat — the present’s host — who went aerial throughout her efficiency. With wires holding her up, Doja Cat glided over the gang and landed on stage as she carried out “Been Like This” and “You Right.”
Earlier than the present, Machine Gun Kelly received right into a heated argument on the pink carpet with UFC fighter Conner McGregor. Video confirmed McGregor being held again by safety from Kelly who later gained greatest various for his track “My Ex’s Best Friend,” that includes Blackbear.
Kelly mentioned he initially didn’t need to launch the track, however thanked his label for going towards his needs. He additionally gave because of the director of the track’s music video, regardless of their squabble on set.
“I haven’t talked to you since we did because we got into a fight on set, but it’s a great video and I’m so glad we won,” he mentioned. “We won!”
Megan Thee Stallion entered the present because the second-leading nominee with six nominations. BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Rodrigo every had 5 nods.
The Foo Fighters carried out after which accepted the International Icon Award, an honor handed out for the primary time on the VMAs. The award acknowledges an artist or band “whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond.”
The celebrated award was beforehand introduced on the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Previous recipients embody Queen, Eminem and Whitney Houston.
The rock band – comprised of Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee – carried out a number of of their hits together with “Learn to Fly” and “Shame Shame.” It was their first efficiency on the VMAs since 2007.
Eilish introduced the International Icon Award to the group, who thanked MTV veterans from Kurt Loder to Tabitha Soren.
“Thank you very much for this award,” Grohl mentioned. “We’ll see you in another 26 years.”