The MTV VMAs is known for its excessive trend shows – and this 12 months’s purple carpet didn’t disappoint. Video / @mtv by way of InstagramTypically one of many wilder award exhibits on the calendar, this 12 months’s MTV Video Music Awards is underway at New York’s Barclays Centre.First it was all in regards to the purple carpet (the place Megan Fox wore probably essentially the most revealing outfit in occasion present historical past), with formalities now kicking off inside the sector.An age-defying Madonna kicked off the present in one in every of her signature raunchy outfits – a good leather-based leotard – as she detailed her love affair with New York which started on the age of 19 “once I arrived with $35 in my pocket”.MTV VMAs 2021 Madonna wows on stage. Picture / GettyThe 63-year-old additionally took to Instagram to present followers an up-close look of her fabulous outfit, together with a peculiar shot of herself hovering over a urinal as she celebrated 4 many years within the highlight. “And so they stated I would not final,” she wrote.One of many highlights of the performance-heavy awards present proved to be US singer Normani, who triggered a wave of social media commentary after singing her new single, Wild Aspect.The 25-year-old, who shot to fame within the band Fifth Concord earlier than going solo, completed her efficiency by grinding on singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor, who’s overtly bisexual.Normani performs onstage throughout the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture / GettyThe second sparked widespread hypothesis Normani was making an attempt to inform us all one thing.Okay, what’s Normani doing with this woman on th cross? Is that this her popping out second?— Katie Depperschmidt (@TheRealKDeppz) September 13, 2021
Justin Bieber and The Child LAROI then opened the performances with their tune, Keep.Jennifer Lopez was up for presenting duties first, presenting Tune of the 12 months to Drivers License by pop star of the second, Olivia Rodrigo.Olivia Rodrigo picks up tune of the 12 months for Drivers License. Picture / SuppliedThe first award of the night for Tune of the 12 months went – unsurprisingly – to Drivers License by pop star of the second, Olivia Rodrigo, whereas Bieber picked up Finest Pop for Peaches.Billie Eilish was the primary sufferer of the telecast ‘bleep’ after dropping the F-bomb in her speech after profitable Video for Good for Your Energy.”I needed to write down this tune for a very very long time, and I lastly did, and it was empowering, releasing and actually f**king unhappy,” she stated.”I simply wish to say we have to shield our younger girls in any respect prices, and we have to keep in mind all of us have energy and to not abuse it.”Now the performances are properly and actually underway, with Ed Sheeran giving a shock displaying of his model new tune Shivers, which he launched on Friday.Ed Sheeran carried out his new hit, Shivers. Picture / GettyA very Oprah-esque Billy Porter launched Lil Nas X to the stage, however not earlier than giving an impressed spiel in regards to the altering face of the trade.”After I was first developing on this trade let me say, that the individuals weren’t prepared for all this black boy pleasure,” Porter stated, clad in top-to-toe gold.”However youngsters, it is a new day and I’m so grateful to have lived lengthy sufficient to witness it.”Lil Nas took the introduction and ran with it, with a re-creation of the X-rated music video for his tune, Business Child, alongside Jack Harlow.The music video – launched in July – imagines a world the place Lil Nas is distributed to jail over the furore surrounding one in every of his songs – and incorporates a (censored) nude jail block bathe scene.And we received to witness this in all its live-action glory.Lil Nas X performs onstage throughout the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture /GettyLil Nas X did what wanted to be executed with the bathe choreography! #VMAs pic.twitter.com/FWFPVCaTxl— M. L. (@untrell92) September 13, 2021
It’s truly an excellent factor I didn’t go to the #VMAs as a result of I can’t promise that you simply wouldn’t see me on TMZ tomorrow morning leaving Lil Nas X’s lodge…— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) September 13, 2021
Lil Nas X popping that booty within the jail bathe on the VMA stage. So pleased with him. #VMAs pic.twitter.com/gxK6bI5ZEl— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) September 13, 2021
One of many greatest gongs of the night time – Artist of the 12 months – was introduced to Bieber, who eclipsed a powerful area together with Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.He actually dressed up for the event.Justin Bieber accepted Artist of the 12 months. Picture / GettyRock legends Foo Fighters picked up the first-ever MTV International Icon Award, belting out a medley of their greatest hits.Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs onstage. Picture / GettyMTV VMAs winners listBEST NEW ARTISTWinner: Olivia Rodrigo24kGoldnGiveonThe Child LAROIPolo GSaweetieBEST COLLABORATIONWinner: Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More24kGoldn ft. iann dior – MoodCardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAPDrake ft. Lil Durk – Snigger Now Cry LaterJustin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – PeachesMiley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – PrisonerARTIST OF THE YEARWinner: Justin BieberAriana GrandeDoja CatMegan Thee StallionOlivia RodrigoTaylor SwiftVIDEO FOR GOODWinner: Billie Eilish – Your PowerDemi Lovato – Dancing With The DevilH.E.R. – Struggle For YouKane Brown – Worldwide BeautifulLil Nas X – MONTERO (Name Me By Your Title)Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – EntrepreneurBEST POPWinner: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches – Def JamAriana Grande – positionsBillie Eilish – Due to this fact I AmBTS – ButterHarry Types – Deal with Individuals With KindnessOlivia Rodrigo – good 4 uShawn Mendes – WonderTaylor Swift – willowSONG OF THE YEARWinner: Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license24kGoldn ft. iann dior – MoodBruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Go away The Door OpenBTS – DynamiteCardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAPDua Lipa – LevitatingGROUP OF THE YEARWinner: BTSBlackpinkCNCOFoo FightersJonas BrothersMaroon 5Silk SonicTwenty One PilotsBEST ALTERNATIVEWinner: Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – my ex’s finest friendBleachers – Cease Making This HurtGlass Animals – Warmth WavesImagine Dragons – Observe Youtwenty one pilots – Shy AwayWILLOW ft. Travis Barker – t r a n s p a r e n t s o u lBieber (7) and Megan Thee Stallion (6) lead this 12 months’s nominations, intently adopted by Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Rodrigo, who all have 5 every.The VMAs occurred on the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York, with a bunch of star-studded performances together with Doja Cat, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Machine Gun Kelly and Kacey Musgraves.