MTV VMAs 2022: Winners and highlights

MTV VMAs 2022: Winners and highlights

Let's take a look at what went down at this year's MTV VMAs...

Rapper Nicki Minaj / Instagram
Rapper Nicki Minaj / Instagram

The past weekend was a big in terms of awards. 

Not only did Mzansi enjoy the SAMAs, but the MTV VMAs were also held over the weekend. 

READ: List of all the winners at the South African Music Awards 2022

They took place on Sunday (28 August) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The awards were hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow. 

Guests were entertained by performances from Eminem and Snoop Dogg, Lizzo, Blackpink, and Italian rock band Maneskin.

One of the biggest highlights was when Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance as the 'Moonman' and joked that he "needed work". 

WATCH: Side-by-side video of Nicki Minaj and Adele rapping 'Monster'

Anitta made history by becoming the first Brazilian winner. She scooped the 'Best Latin' award and performed 'Envolver'.  

"This is the first time Brazil [is represented] in these awards. I was born and raised in the ghetto, and tonight, I performed music that was once considered a crime in my country. Thanks to my family and fans," she said. 

Taylor Swift was shot rapping to Nicki Manaj's 'Super Bass' in the audience. She also won 'Video of The Year' and had a special announcement. Read all about it here

READ: LOOK: Taylor Swift slammed for contributing to air pollution

Another special moment was when Nicki remembered Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson and spoke about mental health. 

"I wish people took mental health seriously," she said while accepting the Video Vanguard Award. 

Lizzo used the platform to ask people to vote against "laws that are oppressing us". The '2 Be Loved' singer accepted the 'Video for Good' award for her song 'About Damn Time'. 

See the full list of winners below: 

Video of the Year

Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Best New Artist

Dove Cameron

Best Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Black Summer

Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny

Song of Summer

Jack Harlow - First Class

Best Hip-Hop

Nicki Minaj Featuring Lil Baby - Do We Have a Problem?

Best Latin

Anitta - Envolver

Video for Good

Lizzo - About Damn Time

Best K-Pop

Lisa - Lalisa

Album of the Year

Harry Styles - Harry's House

Best Longform Video

Taylor Swift - All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)

Best Collaboration

Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow - Industry Baby

Push Performance of the Year

December 2021: Seventeen - Rock With You

Best Metaverse Performance

Blackpink the Virtual - PUBG

Best Alternative

Måneskin - I Wanna Be Your Slave

Song of the Year

Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever

Best Pop

Harry Styles - As It Was

Best R&B

The Weeknd - Out Of Time

Best Group



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

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