2022 MTV VMAs – Recap & Highlights

Hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow, the night that celebrates music videos released in the past year was held at Prudential Center in New Jersey. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow led the 2022 MTV VMA nominees with seven nods each, but Taylor Swift took home three big VMA trophies this year. They were Video of the Year, Best Longform Video, and Best Direction. The biggest and hottest names in music, like Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and Avril Lavigne, were in attendance at the ceremony.

This year, Dove Cameron was named the Best New Artist, while Bad Bunny made history by becoming the first Latin artist to win the Artist of the Year award at the VMAs. Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever’ is this year’s Song of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Harry Styles took home three trophies, including one for Best Album for his latest album ‘Harry’s House’. He also won the Best Pop and Best Cinematography awards for ‘As It Was’.

Doja Cat’s ‘Woman’ won the Best Choreography award while ROSALIA took home the moonperson for Best Editing for ‘SAOKO’. BTS were honored with the Group of the Year at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. The Push Performance of the Year award winner was December 2021: SEVENTEEN – ‘Rock With You’. ‘Black Summer’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Måneskin’s ‘I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE’, and ‘Out Of Time’ by The Weeknd won the Best Rock, Best Alternative, and Best R&B awards, respectively.

We take a look at some of the most exciting performances and memorable moments from this year’s MTV Video Music Awards –

Jack Harlow and Fergie Open the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards With a Performance of ‘First Class’ and ‘Glamorous’


Jack Harlow kicks off the night with a performance of ‘First Class’. Fergie joined him on stage to deliver a verse from her 2006 hit song ‘Glamorous’. Harlow sampled the Black Eyed Peas star’s track on the single. The performance begins with Harlow donning a flight attendant-inspired outfit, which was fitting on the set that looked like an airplane. He then welcomes Fergie, who dazzled in silver with “First Class” printed across her outfit for a surprise performance. Jack Harlow took home the Song of the Summer award for ‘First Class’.

Lizzo Looks Pretty in Pink as She Performs Her Hit Single ‘About Damn Time’ and ‘2 Be Loved’


Colorful visuals and happy vibes were a part of Lizzo’s set at the 2022 VMAs. She began with a snippet of her hit single ‘About Damn Time’ before transitioning into ‘2 Be Loved’ from her latest studio album ‘Special‘. A few miniature versions of the star appeared on stage on a screen behind her. Lizzo has received three nominations at this year’s VMAs and won the ‘Video for Good’ award for ‘About Damn Time’.

‘Industry Baby’ Wins Best Collaboration


“And this one is for the champions,” Lil Nas X says while accepting the moonperson alongside Jack Harlow for ‘Industry Baby’, which won the Best Collaboration award. ‘Industry Baby’ won against the nominees ‘Way 2 Sexy’ by Drake ft. Future & Young Thug, Elton John & Dua Lipa’s ‘Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)’, ‘Sweetest Pie’ by Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa, Post Malone & The Weeknd – ‘One Right Now’, ‘LA FAMA’ – ROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd, and The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber’s – ‘STAY’.

“Yo, I know we both won this award but I just want to take a moment to say thank you to Nas,” Jack Harlow said. “Obviously this song started with him so I’m just super grateful for the opportunity, the chance.” Lil Nas X then expressed his gratitude for MTV saying, “I really appreciate you, MTV. You know, I worked really hard last year. You know, me and my boy, Jack.”

‘Industry Baby’ also won the awards for Best Art Direction, and Best Visual Effects.

Blackpink Perform Their Latest Single ‘Pink Venom’

Blackpink performed their new single ‘Pink Venom‘ for the first time live on television at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on a stage filled with smoke effects. This is also the group’s first performance at a US awards show. Blackpink received two MTV VMA nods this year for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Metaverse Performance’. The group donned black outfits for their performance as they were accompanied by backup dancers who performed an energetic choreography.


Meanwhile, Blackpink’s Lisa won the ‘Best K-Pop’ award for her song ‘LALISA’, making her the first K-Pop soloist in history to win a VMA. “First of all, I wanna thank MTV for this wonderful honor. I want to thank all of my collaborators in my solo project,” she began. “And, please, I mean, you’re like the most important ones. Thank you so much for making this happen,” she said while accepting the “heavy” moonperson.

Blackpink took home the Best Metaverse Performance award for their in-game concert for PUBG.

‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ Wins Three Awards at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift Announces New Album

Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ won the ‘Best Longform Video’ beating out nominees Billie Eilish’s ‘Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles’, ‘Studio 666′ by Foo Fighters, Kacey Musgraves’ ‘star-crossed’, Madonna’s ‘Madame X’, and ‘driving home 2 u’ by Olivia Rodrigo. The ‘Cardigan’ hitmaker is now the only artist to win the award alongside Beyoncé and Madonna at the VMAs.

“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 Rina Yang, my producer Saul Germaine, and the rest of our incredible crew for trusting me, for lending me their brilliance, their talent, their time,” Swift said while accepting the award.

‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ also won the Video of the Year and the Best Direction award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

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While accepting the Video of the Year award, Swift announced that her brand new studio album comes out on October 21 this year. “I’m so honored to have been recognized alongside some amazing artists and directors in this category. I just wanna say that I’m so heartened by the fact that for the first time in VMA history four of the directors nominated in the Video of the Year category are women,” she began.

The star made all her fans happy with the next part of her speech: “You embolden me to do that, and I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out Oct. 21.”

The 2022 MTV Video Vanguard Award Recipient, Nicki Minaj, Performs Some of Her Greatest Hits

Superstar Nicki Minaj was honored with the MTV Video Vanguard award at the 2022MTV Video Music Awards where she delivered an outstanding medley performance of hits including ‘Super Bass’, ‘Super Freaky Girl’, ‘Roman’s Revenge’, ‘Monster’, ‘Moment 4 Life’, and ‘Anaconda’. ‘All Things Go’, ‘Beez in the Trap’, and ‘Chun-Li’ off her 2018 album ‘Queen’ were also a part of her set.

After a career-spanning performance, the rapper was presented with her Video Vanguard Award by five members of her fanbase. While accepting the honor, Nicki Minaj said she had never written a speech before, and “today I jotted something down on my phone.”

She expressed gratitude towards the “key” people who inspired her, including Lil Wayne, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, and JAY-Z. Nicki also thanked “people who gave” her “huge opportunities that” she will “never forget” – Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Eminem, and Rihanna.

“Of course, you guys, I have to thank Drizzy” she said, referring to fellow rapper Drake, “for always saying the things I need to hear to get back in the game.” She thanked her “whole Young Money family” along with people who have played an important role in her career.

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“I wish that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here,” Nicki said. She continued: “I wish that people understood what they meant and what they were going through.” “I wish people took mental health seriously, even for the people who you think have perfect lives,” the rapper added. “I wish Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle were here.”

Nicki thanked her fans, the artists, producers, and songwriters who have contributed to her projects. “Also, to all the people who allowed me to feature on their work, thank you. I featured on so many people’s music and albums and I want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you. I don’t take that for granted.” “Thank you for giving me a chance to show my skills,” she added.

‘Do We Have A Problem?’ by Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Baby won the Best Hip-Hop award at this year’s VMAs.

Bad Bunny Becomes First Latin Artist to Win ‘Artist of the Year’ at the VMAs


Bad Bunny performed at the 2022 VMAs via a livestream. His performance was filmed from Yankee Stadium in New York. There were palm trees on stage along with backup dancers, one of whom the star kissed during his performance.

Bad Bunny has become the first Latin artist to win the Artist of the Year award at the VMAs. Ed Sheeran, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Drake, and Lil Nas X were also nominated for the award. He also received a nod for Best Album for ‘Un Serano Sin Ti’.

Anitta Becomes the First Brazilian to Win a VMA


Anitta took home the Best Latin award for ‘Envolver’. She was up against Becky G X KAROL G’s ‘MAMIII’, ‘Pepas’ by Farruko, Bad Bunny’s ‘Tití Me Preguntó’, Daddy Yankee – ‘REMIX’, and ‘In Da Getto’ by J Balvin & Skrillex for the award. With this win, Anitta has become the first Brazilian to win a VMA.

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