MTV VMAs of the Year Winners

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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. 

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MTV VMAs of the Year

Here is the complete list of winners below: 

GLOBAL ICON AWARD

Honoree: Red Hot Chili Peppers

VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD

Honoree: Nicki Minaj

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bad Bunny

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Dove Cameron

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

December 2021: Seventeen – “Rock With You”

BEST COLLABORATION

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

BEST POP

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

BEST HIP-HOP

Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have a Problem?”

BEST ROCK

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Måneskin – “I Wanna Be Your Slave”

BEST LATIN

Anitta – “Envolver”

BEST R&B

The Weeknd – “Out of Time”

BEST K-POP

Lisa – “Lalisa”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

BEST METAVERSE PERFORMANCE

Blackpink The Virtual | PUBG

BEST LONGFORM VIDEO

Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)  

BEST ART DIRECTION

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Doja Cat – “Woman”

BEST EDITING 

Rosalía – “Saoko”

SOCIAL CATEGORIES

GROUP OF THE YEAR

BTS

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Jack Harlow – “First Class” 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Harry Styles – Harry’s Ho

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