LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow hosted the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Music’s biggest and brightest stars were honored, and some even won a Moon Person trophy. However, the party was milder than any previous year of the ceremony.
The crowd was graced with performances from Anitta, Blackpink, Lizzo, Maneskin, Jack Harlow, J Balvin, Marchmello x Khalid, Panic! at the Disco, and Kane Brown – who set records as the first male country singer to perform at the VMAs.
A mega trippy and fierce team-up between Eminem and Snoop Dogg, who went all out in performing their track, “From the D 2 and the LBC,” graced the stage.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the coveted Video Vanguard Award to Minaj. The musician, who has garnered 17 VMA nominations over her career, began with a medley of her hits that included everything from “Super Bass” to her latest song, “Super Freaky Girl.”
After accepting the award, she made a heartwarming comment about how she wished Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson would be there to celebrate her.
“I wish people took mental health seriously, even for those who seem to have perfect lives,” she stated of the late music icons.
The most talked-about moment of the ceremony came at the end of the show, when Taylor Swift won the Video of the Year award.
Following her Moon Person trophy acceptance, she announced her newest album dropping on October 21 and said she would give out more information at midnight.
MTV VMAs of the Year
Here is the complete list of winners below: