One would think that the most iconic moments of the 2022 MTV VMAs were during the awards show. But not necessarily.
The red carpet, the live performances and the announcements also had their share. Celebrities dressed up and attended the night of the MTV Video Music Awards this year to celebrate the effort and dedication of musical artists.
Artists from all genres and countries joined in the ceremony that placed Taylor Swift as the winner of the video clip of the year for “All Too Well”. The artist also used the award for best long-form video and best direction.
bad bunny He managed to win, after his live performance, the award for artist of the year. “I have no words to describe what I feel,” said the Puerto Rican when he took the stage. “I have been saying it and I always believed from the beginning 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!”.
Then it was Anitta’s turn, who was the first Brazilian artist to win one of MTV’s iconic statuettes. Other artists who received awards included Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, Harry Styles and more.
5 iconic moments from the MTV VMAs
1. Taylor announces her new album
After consecrating herself as the winner, Taylor announced that her new album will be released on October 21. This is “Midnights”, where she will tell thirteen stories of sleepless nights throughout her life.
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This will be their tenth studio album and it comes after “Folcklore” and “Evermore”. “I couldn’t have re-recorded my albums if it wasn’t for you guys, you guys gave me the courage to do it,” he said thanking his fans in his speech.
He also thanked actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, who starred in the short film. “We put all our hearts into this,” she said.
2. Bad Bunny kisses one of his dancers
The Puerto Rican took the stage to perform his hit “Titi asked me”, although he was surprised not only by its rhythm but by another detail. The musician made out with one of his male dancers, who grabbed the singer by the face and shared a sensual kiss.
3. Johnny Depp appears at the award ceremony
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor made his appearance by dressing up as the network’s silver astronaut mascot. He joked that he “needed the job” before he disappeared. He continued to pop up throughout the night with random comments, including about the show “going back to music.”
4. Nicki Minaj and her honorary award
Rapper Nicki Minaj, a 17-time VMA nominee and 5-time winner, received the honorary Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Also, she got the statuette for the best hip hop video for her song “Do We Have a Problem?”.
Other Michael Jackson award winners have included Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, P!nk and Jennifer Lopez.
5. Red Hot Chilli Peppers dedicate their award to Taylor Hawkins
The band received the Global Icon Award, and dedicated it to the late drummer Taylor Hawkins. “There’s another musical icon, a global icon: his name is my brother Taylor Hawkins,” said Chad Smith. “I want to dedicate this to Taylor and his family. I love you, and I miss you every day. Fly, Falcon. Fly, brother.”
Full list of winners
– MTV Video Music Award for Best K-Pop: Lalisa – Lisa
– Best Video of a Group: BTS
– Video of the Year: All Too Well – Taylor Swift
– Best Artist to Watch: Dove Cameron
– Michael Jackson Vanguard Award: Nicki Minaj
– Best Song of the Summer: First Class – Jack Harlow
– MTV Video Music Award for Best Metaverse Performance: BLACKPINK The Virtual in PUBG
– Best Alternative Video: I Wanna Be Your Slave – Maneskin
– MTV Video Music Award for Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
– Best Rock Video: Black Summer – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
– Best Special Effects: Industry baby – Lil Nax X, Jack Harlow
– Best Direction: All Too Well – Taylor Swift
– Best Long-Form Video: All Too Well – Taylor Swift
– MTV Video Music Award for Song of the Year: Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish
– Best Art Direction in a Video: Industry Baby – Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow
– Best Cinematography: As It Was
– MTV Video Music Award for Push Performance of the Year: Seventeen – Rock with You
– Best Collaboration: Industry Baby – Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow
– Best Choreography: Woman – Doja Cat
– Best Hip Hop Video: Do We Have A Problem? – Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby
– Best Editing: Saoko – Rosalía
– MTV Video Music Global Icon Award: Red Hot Chilli Peppers
– Best Pop Video: As It Was – Harry Styles
– MTV Video Music Award for Best Video for Good: About Damn Time – Lizzo
– Best R&B Video: Out of Time – The Weeknd
– MTV Video Music Award for Best Latin Video: Envolve – Anitta
– MTV Video Music Award for Album of the Year: Harry’s House – Harry Styles
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The 5 most iconic -and surprising- moments of the MTV VMA 2022