Rapper Lil Nas X and pop star Justin Bieber received the highest prizes at MTV’s annual Video Music Awards (VMA) present on September 12, in a ceremony full of shock appearances, reside performances and hundreds of masked followers.
Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and Ok-pop band BTS had been additionally among the many massive winners on the first main awards reveals in New York to be held with a full viewers of followers and celebrities because the coronavirus pandemic.
Justin Bieber, 27, returned to the VMA stage for the primary time in six years and took dwelling Moon Particular person statuettes for artist of the 12 months and greatest pop for his single Peaches.
“Music is such an incredible outlet to have the ability to attain folks and to have the ability to convey us all collectively,” mentioned Justin Bieber, referring to the darkish days of the pandemic.
Final 12 months the VMAs befell in New York with out a reside viewers and with most performances recorded prematurely due to the pandemic.
Lil Nas X (22) a homosexual, black musician who had a breakout hit with Outdated City Highway two years in the past, received video of the 12 months for his homosexual rights anthem Montero [Call Me By Your Name].
“Let’s go homosexual agenda!” mentioned the musician, accepting the award.
Alicia Keys sang Empire State of Thoughts outdoor towards the backdrop of the New York Metropolis skyline, whereas Doja Cat, EdSheeran, veteran New York rapper Busta Rhymes, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly had been amongst these on stage.
The ceremony additionally marked the fortieth anniversary of the launch of MTV as a channel devoted to enjoying music movies.
Madonna, additionally celebrating her 40 years within the music enterprise, opened the present in a shock look. “They mentioned we would not final. However we’re nonetheless right here,” Madonna mentioned.
Jennifer Lopez and Cyndi Lauper despatched followers wild with surprising appearances, with Lauper weighing in on abortion rights saying that ladies need “management over our our bodies.”
Rodrigo (18) took dwelling three awards, together with greatest new artist and track of the 12 months for Drivers License within the fan-voted awards, capping a break-out 12 months.
“That is so insane. This has been essentially the most magical 12 months of my life,” Olivia Rodrigo mentioned, dedicating her win to “all the opposite ladies who write songs on their bed room ground.”
BTS was named group of the 12 months and received greatest Ok-Pop for his or her single Butter, and despatched thanks by video from South Korea.
Rock band Foo Fighters obtained the World Icon Award recognising their 25 years within the music trade. The 12-time Grammy-winning band carried out a medley of hits with Charlie R.I.P scrawled on their drum equipment in tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.