2021 MTV VMAs: Lil Nas X takes home top prize and more highlights

The MTV VMAs returned to Brooklyn with performances by means of probably the most greatest stars each outdated and new, with Lil Nas X taking house the highest prize of Video of the Yr. Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo have been the opposite large winners of the night time. 

“First I wanna say thanks to the homosexual time table,” Lil Nas X shouted all over his acceptance speech. “Let’s move homosexual time table!”

Lil Nas X additionally had a standout efficiency, adopting a marching band motif for “Trade Child” earlier than segueing into “Montero: Name Me By means of Your Title.”  

Doja Cat hosted and carried out “Been Like This” and “You Proper,” flying across the degree held up by means of wires in an aerial act.

To have a good time MTV’s 40th anniversary, there have been callbacks to the early days, with the enduring “Video Killed the Radio Big name” — the primary song video MTV ever confirmed — enjoying over the final credit. Madonna opened the display with a voiceover about her arrival in New York Town and the start of MTV. “That is why there may be just one position to be this night,” she stated.

“They usually say we would not remaining, however we are nonetheless right here motherf***ers,” she stated on degree. 

Justin Bieber and The Child Laori took the degree to accomplish, adopted by means of Rodrigo, who then gained Highest New Artist.

Cyndi Lauper, who reminded the gang that she gained a Moon Individual at the first actual VMAs, stated “ladies nonetheless wish to have amusing, however we additionally wish to have budget, equivalent pay and regulate over our our bodies — you already know, basic rights.” 

The Foo Combatants gained the International Icon Award, with Dave Grohl reminiscing on 26 years as a band. “Here is to every other 26 years,” Grohl stated.

Alicia Keys carried out “Lala” with Swae Lee, after which venerated the positioning with a couple of bars of “Empire State of Thoughts.” 

MTV is a department of ViacomCBS.

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Lil Nas X accepts Highest Route for “Montero (Name Me by means of Your Title)” onstage all over the 2021 MTV Video Song Awards at Barclays Middle on September 12, 2021 within the Brooklyn borough of New York Town.

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