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MTV Video Music Awards 2022 WINNERS: Moon Persons are given out to music’s biggest stars

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Taylor Swift shined as she earned best longform video for her 10-minute version of All Too Well at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 32-year-old megastar was joined by Dylan O’Brien who starred in the music video as she hit the podium for her acceptance speech which began: ‘So I had… you know, before this, before this I had directed and written my music videos but I had never made a short film before.

‘So I want to first start out by saying thank you to Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien, my amazing cinematographer, my producer, and the rest of our incredible crew for trusting me, for lending me their brilliance,  their talent, their time. 

Showstopper: Taylor Swift shined as she earned best longform video for her 10-minute version of All Too Well at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards

‘We put our entire hearts into this, trying to make something that might be worthy of the love that you, the fans, have shown this song.  Thank you for this beautiful indication that we did something right. Love you guys.’

She beat out an impressive field including Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, Foo Fighters – Studio 666, Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed, and Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u.

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow took home the first Moon Person of the night in the best collaboration category.

The 32-year-old megastar was joined by Dylan O'Brien who starred in the music video as she hit the podium for her acceptance speech which began: 'So I had... you know, before this, before this I had directed and written my music videos but I had never made a short film before'

The 32-year-old megastar was joined by Dylan O’Brien who starred in the music video as she hit the podium for her acceptance speech which began: ‘So I had… you know, before this, before this I had directed and written my music videos but I had never made a short film before’ 

She concluded: 'We put our entire hearts into this, trying to make something that might be worthy of the love that you, the fans, have shown this song. Thank you for this beautiful indication that we did something right. Love you guys'

She concluded: ‘We put our entire hearts into this, trying to make something that might be worthy of the love that you, the fans, have shown this song. Thank you for this beautiful indication that we did something right. Love you guys’

Quite the category: She beat out an impressive field including Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, Foo Fighters – Studio 666, Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed, and Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u

Quite the category: She beat out an impressive field including Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, Foo Fighters – Studio 666, Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed, and Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u

The rap duo were given the award for their hit Industry Baby as they faced stiff competition including Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa, Post Malone & The Weeknd, ROSALIA feat. The Weeknd, and The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber.

They were presented the shiny silver trophy by Offset and DJ Khaled. 

Jack said: ‘Yo, I know we both won this award but I want to say take a minute to say thank you to nas. Obviously this song started with him, so I am super grateful for the opportunity, the chance. B**** I told you!’

Nas took to the mic as he said:  ‘Wow. I am up here like, half naked, but, look, I want to say something. I really appreciate you, mtv, you know, I worked really hard last year, you know, me and my boy Jack. 

‘Thank you for the love, and hopefully I am back up here and I have something better to say. But I love y’all and I’ll see some of y’all on the long live Montero Tour.’

Champions: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow took home the first Moon Person of the night in the best collaboration category as the MTV Video Music Awards 2022 kicked off

Champions: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow took home the first Moon Person of the night in the best collaboration category as the MTV Video Music Awards 2022 kicked off

Nas took to the mic as he said: 'Wow. I am up here like, half naked, but, look, I want to say something. I really appreciate you, mtv, you know, I worked really hard last year, you know, me and my boy Jack'

Nas took to the mic as he said: ‘Wow. I am up here like, half naked, but, look, I want to say something. I really appreciate you, mtv, you know, I worked really hard last year, you know, me and my boy Jack’

Offset and DJ Khaled presented the first award of the night .

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards are being held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Jack Harlow kicked off the gala event with a performance of First Class.

However the best part of the performance was when former Black Eyed Peas member Fergie came out as a surprise to sing 2006 hit Glamorous as it was the original song that the Louisville native had sampled.

Mile high club: Jack Harlow kicked off the gala event with a performance of First Class

Mile high club: Jack Harlow kicked off the gala event with a performance of First Class

Legend: However the best part of the performance was when former Black Eyed Peas member Fergie came out as a surprise

She sang 2006 hit Glamorous as it was the original song that the Louisville native had sampled

Legend: However the best part of the performance was when former Black Eyed Peas member Fergie came out as a surprise to sing 2006 hit Glamorous as it was the original song that the Louisville native had sampled

Rocking it: Next came megastar Lizzo who electrified the crowd by performing a medley of About Damn Time and 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)

Rocking it: Next came megastar Lizzo who electrified the crowd by performing a medley of About Damn Time and 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)

Stunning: She wore a clinging pink ensemble

Stunning: She wore a clinging pink ensemble

Next came megastar Lizzo who electrified the crowd by performing a medley of About Damn Time and  2 Be Loved (Am I Ready).

Host LL Cool J opened the show with a monologue.

One of the biggest honors of the night will go to Nicki Minaj who will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. 

The 39-year-old rap megastar will be presented with the highly-coveted trophy that is given to recording artists for outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture.

Nicki will also be performing a medley of some of her greatest hits influenced by her catalogue of music videos. 

Rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform as they are to be honored with the Global Icon Award.

The recognition celebrates ‘an artist or band whose unparalleled career, continued impact and influence have maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape.’ 

As for the regular awards, there is a three-way tie for most nominations between Lil Nas X, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack Harlow.

The three hip-hop acts are followed closely by Doja Cat and Harry Styles who received six nods each.

There is quite the field among those nominated for five awards as that list includes:  Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

The most nominated group or duo were K-pop sensations BTS who earned four. 

MTV expanded the number of nominees for its top award, video of the year, to seven for the very first time in its 39-year history.

Artist of the year, best collaboration, and best alternative have also been expanded to seven nominees. 

Top prize of the night, video of the year, features quite the field including Doja Cat – Woman, Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – Way 2 Sexy, Ed Sheeran – Shivers, Harry Styles – As It Was, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – Industry Baby, Olivia Rodrigo – brutal, and Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).

If Lil Nas X wins he will be the first artist to ever win back-to-back awards in the sought-after category. 

Bad Bunny is the first ever Latin artist to be nominated for artist of the year as he will face Ed Sheeran, Drake, Styles, Harlow, Lil Nas X, and Lizzo.

There is also the video for good category which is for the best video with a message as the nominees include Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5, Latto – P****, Lizzo – About Damn Time, Rina Sawayama – This Hell. and Stromae – Fils de joie.

A new category that has been added this year is best metaverse performance with nominees including BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG, BTS | Minecraft, Charli XCX | Roblox, Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience. Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite, and Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox.

Musical performances will also be a massive part of the event as Lizzo is set to perform 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready).

K-pop megagroup Blackpink will also be performing their megahit single which was just released titled Pink Venom.

Anitta, J Balvin, Kane Brown, Jack Harlow, Khalid and Marshmello,  Måneskin, and Panic! At The Disco will all be hitting the stage during the show.

MTV Video Music Awards 2022 WINNERS

Video of the year

Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO/Republic

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records

Harry Styles – “As It Was“ – Columbia Records

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby” – Columbia Records

Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal” – Geffen Records

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records

 

Artist of the year

Bad Bunny – Rimas Entertainment

Drake – OVO/Republic

Ed Sheeran – Atlantic Records

Harry Styles – Columbia Records

Jack Harlow – Generation Now / Atlantic Records

Lil Nas X – Columbia Records

Lizzo – Atlantic Records

 

Song of the year

Adele – “Easy on Me” – Columbia Records

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records

Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “Stay” – Columbia Records

 

Best new artist

Baby Keem – Columbia Records

Dove Cameron – Disruptor Records / Columbia Records

GAYLE – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records

Latto – Streamcut / RCA Records

Måneskin – Arista Records

Seventeen – PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records

 

Push performance of the year

September 2021: Griff – “One Night” – Warner Records

October 2021: Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain” – Island Records

November 2021: Nessa Barrett – “i hope ur miserable until ur dead” – Warner Records

December 2021: SEVENTEEN – “Rock With You” – PLEDIS Entertainment / Geffen Records

January 2021: Mae Muller – “Better Days” – Capitol Records UK

February 2022: GAYLE – “abcdefu” – Atlantic Records / Arthouse Records

March 2022: Sheneesa – “R U That” – Rich Immigrants / Interscope Records

April 2022: Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi” – Warner Records

May 2022: Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue” – Domino Recording Company

June 2022: Muni Long – “Baby Boo” – Supergiant Records LLC / Def Jam Recording

July 2022: Doechii – “Persuasive” – Top Dog Entertainment / Capitol Records

 

Best collaboration

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO/Republic

Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” – EMI / Interscope Records

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment

Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now” – Mercury Records / Republic Records

ROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd – “LA FAMA” – Columbia Records

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records

 

Best pop

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records

Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records

Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records

Olivia Rodrigo – “traitor” – Geffen Records

 

Best hip-hop

Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From The D 2 The LBC” – Shady / Aftermath / Interscope Records

Future ft. Drake, Tems – “WAIT FOR U” – Freebandz / Epic Records

Kendrick Lamar – “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

Latto – “Big Energy” – Streamcut / RCA Records

Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have A Problem?” – Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records

Pusha T – “Diet Coke” – G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam

 

Best rock

Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young” – RCA Records

Jack White – “Taking Me Back” – Third Man Records

Muse – “Won’t Stand Down” – Warner Records

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer” – Warner Records

Shinedown – “Planet Zero” – Elektra Music Group

Three Days Grace – “So Called Life” – RCA Records

 

Best alternative

Avril Lavigne ft. blackbear – “Love It When You Hate Me” – Elektra Music Group / DTA Records

Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy” – KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records

Machine Gun Kelly ft. WILLOW – “emo girl” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records

Måneskin – “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” – Arista Records – WINNER

Panic! At The Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance” – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group

Twenty One Pilots – “Saturday” – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group

WILLOW, Avril Lavigne ft. Travis Barker – “G R O W” – MSFTSMusic / Roc Nation Records

 Best Latin

Anitta – “Envolver” – Warner Records

Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó” – Rimas Entertainment

Becky G X KAROL G – “MAMIII” – Kemosabe Records / Sony Music Latin / RCA Records

Daddy Yankee – “REMIX” – Republic Records

Farruko – “Pepas” – Sony Music US Latin

J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto” – Sueños Globales, LLC /Universal Music Latino / Asylum Records UK

 

Best R&B

Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)” – AKW

Chlöe – “Have Mercy” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records

H.E.R. – “For Anyone” – RCA Records

Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool/RCA Records

Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B – “No Love (Extended Version)” – LVRN / Interscope Records

The Weeknd – “Out Of Time” – XO / Republic Records

 

Best K-pop

BTS – “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records

ITZY – “LOCO” – JYP Entertainment

LISA – “LALISA” – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records

SEVENTEEN – “HOT” – PLEDIS Entertainment/Geffen Records

Stray Kids – “MANIAC” – JYP Entertainment

TWICE – “The Feels” – JYP Entertainment

 

Video for good

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

Latto – “P*ssy” – Streamcut / RCA Records

Lizzo – “About Damn Time” – Atlantic Records

Rina Sawayama – “This Hell” – Dirty Hit

Stromae – ”Fils de joie” – Mosaert Label / The Darkroom / Interscope Records

 

Best metaverse performance

BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG – YG Entertainment / Interscope Records – WINNER

BTS | Minecraft – BIGHIT Music / Geffen Records

Charli XCX | Roblox – Atlantic Records

Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience | Wave – Def Jam

Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite – Republic Records

Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox – Fueled By Ramen / Elektra Music Group

 

Best longform video

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles – Darkroom / Interscope Records

Foo Fighters – Studio 666 – RCA Records

Kacey Musgraves – star-crossed – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville

Madonna – Madame X – Interscope Records

Olivia Rodrigo – driving home 2 u – Geffen Records

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records – WINNER

 

Best cinematography

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records

Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam” – Epic Records

Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records

Kendrick Lamar – “N95” – pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope Records

Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records

 

Best direction

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers” – Atlantic Records

Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records

 

Best art direction

Adele – “Oh My God” – Columbia Records

Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” – OVO / Republic Records

Kacey Musgraves – “simple times” – Interscope Records / MCA Nashville

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment

 

Best visual effects

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

Coldplay X BTS – “My Universe” – Atlantic Records

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5” – pgLang/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records

Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie” – 300 Entertainment

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber – “STAY” – Columbia Records

 

Best choreography

BTS – “Permission to Dance” – BIGHIT Music/Geffen Records

Doja Cat – “Woman” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

FKA twigs ft. The Weeknd – “Tears In The Club” – Atlantic Records

Harry Styles – “As It Was” – Columbia Records

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY” – Columbia Records

Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side” – Keep Cool / RCA Records

 

Best editing

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties” – Columbia Records

Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal” – Geffen Records

ROSALÍA – “SAOKO” – Columbia Records

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” – Republic Records

The Weeknd – “Take My Breath” – XO / Republic Records

 

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