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VMAs 2021: The Overview

This year’s VMAs was filled with excitement and unexpected occasions. From opening with Madonna herself, to having Doja Cat as an easygoing host.

So without further ado, let’s dive into some performances of the night and each category with their respective winners.

Photo: Reproduction/Youtube: MTV

Performances

The singer/songwriter Anitta was the first brazilian artist to ever perform on the VMAs.

During their performance of “Satuday”, Twenty One Pilot’s Tyler Joseph announced his wife’s Jenna pregnancy.

At the very end of Olivia Rodrigo’s performance of “good 4 u”, she hits the camera with the back of the microfone shattering its lenses.

Nominees and their Winners

Video of The Year

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion (“WAP”)

DJ Khaled ft. Drake (“POPSTAR”)

Doja Cat ft. SZA (“Kiss Me More”)

Ed Sheeran (“Bad Habits”)

WINNER: Lil Nas X (“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”)

The Weeknd (“Save Your Tears”)

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

WINNER: Justin Bieber

Megan Thee Stallion

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

24kGoldn ft. iann dior (“Mood”)

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (“Leave The Door Open”

BTS (“Dynamite”)

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion (“WAP”)

Dua Lipa (“Levitating”)

WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo (“drivers license”)

Best New Artist

24kGoldn

Giveon

The Kid LAROI

WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo

Polo G

Saweetie

Best Collaboration

24kGoldn ft. iann dior (“Mood”)

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion (“WAP”)

WINNER: Doja Cat ft. SZA (“Kiss Me More”)

Drake ft. Lil Durk (“Laugh Now Cry Later”)

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon (“Peaches”)

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa (“Prisoner”)

Best Pop

Ariana Grande (“positions”)

Billie Eilish (“Therefore I Am”)

BTS (“Butter”)

Harry Styles (“Treat People With Kindness”)

WINNER: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon (“Peaches”)

Olivia Rodrigo (“good 4 u”)

Shawn Mendes (“Wonder”)

Taylor Swift (“willow”)

Best Hip-Hop

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion (“WAP”)

Drake ft. Lil Durk (“Laugh Now Cry Later”)

Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion (“On Me (remix)”)

Moneybagg Yo (“Said Sum”)

Polo G (“RAPSTAR”)

WINNER: Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. (“FRANCHISE”)

Group of the Year

Blackpink

WINNER: BTS

CNCO

Foo Fighters

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic

Twenty One Pilots

Best Rock

Evanescence (“Use My Voice”)

Foo Fighters (“Shame Shame”)

WINNER: John Mayer (“Last Train Home”)

The Killers (“My Own Soul’s Warning”)

Kings Of Leon (“The Bandit”)

Lenny Kravitz (“Raise Vibration”)

Best Alternative

Bleachers (“Stop Making This Hurt”)

Glass Animals (“Heat Waves”)

Imagine Dragons (“Follow You”)

WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear (“My Ex’s Best Friend”)

Twenty One Pilots (“Shy Away”)

Best Latin

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez (“Dákiti”)

WINNER: Billie Eilish & Rosalía (“Lo Vas A Olvidar”)

Black Eyed Peas and Shakira (“Girl Like Me”)

Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy (“Un Die (One Day)”)

Karol G (“Bichota”)

Maluma (“Hawái”)

Best R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, WizKid (“Brown Skin Girl”)

WINNER: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (“Leave the Door Open”)

Chris Brown and Young Thug (“Go Crazy”)

Giveon (“Heartbreak Anniversary”)

H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown (“Come Through”)

SZA (“Good Days”)

Best K-Pop

(G)I-DLE (“Dumdi Dumdi”)

Blackpink and Selena Gomez (“Ice Cream”)

WINNER: BTS (“Butter”)

Monsta X (“Gambler”)

Seventeen (“Ready to love”)

Twice (“Alcohol-Free”)

Best Direction

Billie Eilish (“Your Power”) / Directed by: Billie Eilish

DJ Khaled ft. Drake (“Popstar (Starring Justin Bieber)”) / Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz a.k.a. Director X

WINNER: Lil Nas X (“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”) / Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

Taylor Swift (“Willow”) / Directed by: Taylor Swift

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A (“Franchise”) / Directed by: Travis Scott

Tyler, The Creator (“Lumberjack”) / Directed by: Wolf Haley

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid (“Brown Skin Girl”) / Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

Billie Eilish (“Therefore I Am”) / Cinematography by: Rob Witt

Foo Fighters (“Shame Shame”) / Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez

Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper (“Holy”) / Cinematography by: Elias Talbot

Lady Gaga (“911”) / Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth

Lorde (“Solar Power”) / Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

Best Art Direction

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer (“Already”) / Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos

Ed Sheeran (“Bad Habits”) / Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz

Lady Gaga (“911”) / Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus

Lil Nas X (“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”) / Art Direction by: John Richoux

WINNER: Saweetie ft. Doja Cat (“Best Friend”) / Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile

Taylor Swift (“Willow”) / Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

Best Visual Effects

Bella Poarch (“Build a Bitch”) / Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova

Coldplay (“Higher Power”) / Visual Effects by: Mathematic

Doja Cat & The Weeknd (“You Right”) / Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel

Glass Animals (“Tangerine”) / Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau

WINNER: Lil Nas X (“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”) / Visual Effects by: Mathematic

P!nk (“All I Know So Far”) / Visual Effects by: BUF, VFX Supervisors: Dominique Vidal & Geoffrey Niquet, VFX Producers: Annabelle Zoellin & Camille Gibrat

Best Choreography

Ariana Grande (“34+35”) / Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson

BTS (“Butter”) / Choreography by: Son Sung with BHM Performance Directing Team

Ed Sheeran (“Bad Habits”) / Choreography by: Natricia Bernard

Foo Fighters (“Shame Shame”) / Choreography by: Nina McNeely

WINNER: Harry Styles (“Treat People With Kindness”)

Marshmello & Halsey (“Be Kind”) / Choreography by: Dani Vitale

Best Editing

WINNER: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (“Leave the Door Open”)

BTS (“Butter”)

Drake (“What’s Next”)

Harry Styles (“Treat People With Kindness”)

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon (“Peaches”)

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa (“Prisoner”)

Push Performance of the Year

Wallows (“Are You Bored Yet?”)

Ashnikko (“Daisy”)

Saint Jhn (“Gorgeous”)

24kGoldn (“Coco”)

JC Stewart (“Break My Heart”)

Latto (“Sex Lies”)

Madison Beer (“Selfish”)

The Kid Laroi (“Without You”)

WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo (“Drivers License”)

Girl in Red (“Serotonin”)

Fousheé (“My Slime”)

Jxdn (“Think About Me”)

Video for Good

WINNER: Billie Eilish (“Your Power”)

Demi Lovato (“Dancing With the Devil”)

H.E.R. (“Fight For You”)

Kane Brown (“Worldwide Beautiful”)

Lil Nas X (“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”)

Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z (“Entrepreneur”)

Global Icon Award

HONOREE: Foo Fighters

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