Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny and Anitta took home statuettes on Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards. Swift won the biggest award of the night, for video of the year, for “All Too Well” in its 10-minute version, Bad Bunny was named artist of the year and Anitta won in the category of best Latin music video for “Envolve ”.
Before closing the ceremony, Swift made a big surprise announcement: She’s about to release a new album.
“I thought it would be a fun time to tell you guys that my new album is out on October 21st,” Swift said from the stage at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, where she also won best long-form video for her project.
From the beginning of the night it had been announced that the musical number that Bad Bunny had planned would be presented remotely, live from Yankee Stadium in New York.
The Puerto Rican star began to sing “Titi asked me” just after he was announced as the winner of the artist of the year award and was very surprised when he was given his statuette at the end.
“I have no words to describe how I feel, how proud I am to be here tonight at Yankee Stadium receiving this award,” he said, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd that had just sang his song with him. “I have been saying it and I always believed from the beginning that I could become great, that I could become one of the biggest stars in the world, without having to change my culture, my language, my language, my jargon. I am Benito Antonio Martínez from Puerto Rico for the whole world, thank you!”
The category of best Latin music video was very close, but Anitta was the winner for her hit “Envolver”. The urban artist herself performed her song live on stage at MTV, where she gave a funk-inducing twerking lesson towards the end of her performance.
Like Bad Bunny, Anitta did not expect to win the award that was announced shortly after. She said she was proud to be the first Brazilian artist to win a “Moon Man”, as the award statuettes are known.
“Today history is being made, it is the first time that Brazil is here,” he said. “Today I interpreted here a rhythm that for many years in my country was considered a crime. I was born and raised in a ghetto and for anyone who was born there, we never would have thought this was possible, so thank you very much.”
Swift praised other women in the video of the year category that included Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo and thanked her die-hard fans in her speech.
“We wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it wasn’t for you, the fans,” he said. “I couldn’t have re-recorded my albums if it wasn’t for you guys, you gave me the courage to do it”
Taking home the award for best long-form video, Swift thanked several of her collaborators including actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, who starred in it.
“We put all our hearts into this,” he said.
“Midnights”, the new album whose title Swift revealed on her social networks, will be her 10th studio production and follows “Folklore” and “Evermore”, which debuted two years ago. “Folklore” won album of the year at the 2021 Grammys.
Rapper Jack Harlow left his mark throughout the award ceremony. He began his performance of his popular song “First Class” inside an airplane set by walking down a hallway, before dueting with Fergie onstage. The singer wore a silver dress with the words “First Class” on it. Fergie performed her 2006 song “Glamorous,” which Harlow sampled on “First Class.”
“Thank you Fergie for coming out with me tonight,” Harlow said after “First Class” won song of the summer later in the night. “The beauty of this song is that people don’t realize it’s hip hop because of the samples. Including Fergie in the formula in this way means the world to me. It is really a complete circle. ‘Glamorous’ was one of the most important songs of my childhood.”
During the ceremony Johnny Depp made an appearance as the Man in the Moon, almost three months after the verdict in his favor in his libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The 59-year-old actor seemed to float off the roof of the Prudential Center wearing the iconic astronaut suit from the awards statuette and his face digitally inserted into the helmet.
“And you know what? I needed the job,” Depp told the crowd.
Lizzo had Taylor Swift dance for her on the seats as she performed her new single “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready).” Lizzo won the video for a good cause award for “About Damn Time.”
Right after his musical number, Harlow was called on stage to collect the first award of the night for his part in the Lil Nas X song “Industry Baby” which won the best collaboration category. Harlow and Lil Nas X were tied for the most nominations of the night with seven nominations each.
“This one is for champions,” Lil Nas X said before Harlow thanked him for his collaboration. The song propelled their nominations, leading them to compete for artist of the year along with Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo.
Harlow also had the hosting job on the night along with LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj.
Minaj performed a medley of her greatest hits that included “Roman’s Revenge,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Anaconda,” and “Super Bass.” Following her musical number, the rapper accepted the Video Vanguard Award, which MTV heralded for her artistry, the barriers she has broken in hip hop, and her status as a global star. The name of the award comes from Michael Jackson, whom Minaj remembered, along with Whitney Houston in her acceptance speech in which she mentioned the importance of mental health.
“I wish people would take mental health seriously, even when they think they have perfect lives,” said Minaj, who also won best hip-hop video for “Do We Have a Problem?” with Lil Baby.
Harry Styles won the album of the year award for “Harry’s House.” He was unable to attend the ceremony as he had a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Eminem and Snoop Dogg performed “From the D 2 The LBC,” featured on Eminem’s greatest hits album “Curtain Call 2.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were recognized with the Global Icon Award after being presented by Cheech & Chong as their “favorite band of all time”. The band, made up of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante, performed their hit “Can’t Stop” from their 2002 album “By the Way” and their recent hit “Black Summer,” which took home the award. best rock video
Flea gave a speech about universal love, including humans, cockroaches, trees, and earth. Smith, the band’s drummer, dedicated the award to Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters’ drummer who died earlier this year.
“I dedicate this to Taylor and her family,” he said. “I love and miss him every day.”
Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 statuettes to date, became the only artist to receive a nomination in all five decades of the awards. She received a nomination for her special from her 14th studio album “Madame X” in the long form video category.
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Bad Bunny, Swift and Anitta win at the MTV Awards