Here’s a rundown of the fun!
Another MTV Video Music Awards are in the books. As usual, it was quite a night.
The show opened with a pre-taped segment featuring Madonna, who talked about coming to New York 40 years ago for the first time, the same year MTV premiered. She added, “We found each other and formed a bond that changed my life.” She entered the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn dressed in a brown trench coat, which she whipped off to reveal her black latex body suit. “And they said we wouldn’t last, but we’re still here mother (bleepers),” she proclaimed, wishing the network a happy anniversary, and then walking off and giving fans a good view of her booty.
As for the winners, the night’s big award, Video of the Year, went to Lil Nas X for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name,” with him thanking the “gay agenda” during his speech. Justin Bieber was also a big winner. He took home Artist of the Year, and Best Pop for “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon. It was also a very good night for Olivia Rodrigo. She nabbed three honors — Song of the Year for “Driver’s License,” Best New Artist, and Push Performance of the Year. Click here for a complete list of this year’s winners.
- The evening also featured a celebration of the Foo Fighters. They were honored with the VMA’s first-ever Global Icon Award, which celebrates artists whose legacy continues to “influence, inspire and evolve.” As usual, they rocked the house with a medley that included “Learn To Fly,” “Shame Shame,” and “Everlong.” In his speech, Dave Grohl said as a band who’s been around for 26 years, it “feels pretty good” to be honored, and then thanked several famous MTV alumni. He ended his speech by saying, “We’ll see you in 26 years.” (It’s also important to note Taylor Hawkins’ drumkit read “Charlie RIP” in tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.)
- Doja Cat hosted the evening, and made the biggest impression with her outfits, which included something that looked like at patchwork caterpillar, another where she wore a chair on her head, and boots that looked like chicken feet.
Of course, the real reason anyone tunes in to the VMAs is the performances and there certainly were plenty to talk about:
- The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber kicked off the night by being lowered from the ceiling on to a fake mountain for their song ‘Stay.”
- Justin, dressed in a baggy sweatshirt and overalls, followed that up with his song “Ghost.”
- Olivia Rodrigo was also lowered from the ceiling and performed “Good 4 U,” surrounded by dancers in face masks.
- Kacey Musgraves performed “Star-Crossed” in her MTV VMA debut, surrounded by candles, and a flaming heart.
- Twenty One Pilots performed “Saturday,” starting things off with just a simple ukulele before turning the volume up.
- Ed Sheeran, who was added to the show Friday, performed “Shivers,” from the Toyota Stage in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with the Manhattan skyline behind him.
- Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow performed their hit “Industry Baby” with a marching band, and hooded male dancers in pink. Lil Nas also performed “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” in a prison shower orgy setting, dressed in glittery tight boxers.
- Camila Cabello treated the audience to a sultry performance of her latest single “Don’t Go Yet,” surrounded by flamenco-dressed dancers.
- Camila’s beau Shawn Mendes and Tainy helped say goodbye to summer with the debut performance of their smash hit “Summer of Love.”
- Simone Biles introduced Doja Cat‘s performance of “Been Like This.” She was suspended in mid air for that. She was then brought back down to the stage for “You Right.”
- Chloe, making her first solo performance at the VMAs, performed “Have Mercy,” with lots of twerking and booty shaking.
- Normani treated the audience to the debut performance of “Wild Side,” which featured an elaborate dance routine and included her giving a lap dance to Teyana Taylor.
- Ozuna performed “La Funka,” against a giant crane game backdrop, complete with dancing teddy bears.
- On day after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Alicia Keys celebrated New York, performing her new song “LaLa,” with Swae Lee in Liberty State Park, with the Statue of Liberty and the skyline in the background. She ended the performance with her classic “Empire State of Mind.”
- Busta Rhymes was a surprise addition, performing a medley of his classics including “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” his iconic verse from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” and more.
- Machine Gun Kelly closed the show performing “Papercuts,” alongside Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, emerging from a dirt grave with his face covered in red branches, and ending the performance in a very rock star way by smashing his guitar.
Let me know if I missed anything! Whew!