2022 MTV Music Video Awards

HOLLYWOOD—Oh, I remember the glory days when the MTV Video Music Awards were big TV. Man those days are gone because there’s no excitement. It’s become a fan-voted awards show, meaning the popular person gets the big prize, not the most deserving, which can be quite frustrating to say the least.

For the 2022 ceremony, we had not one, not two, but three hosts: Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow. Putting that aside, Harlow and Minaj were the winners of the night, Harlow took home Best Collaboration with Lil Nas X for “Industry Baby.” Minaj received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and this award is starting to confuse me. I thought it was for musicians delivering iconic videos. Minaj doesn’t have a lot of iconic or off the beaten path videos in my opinion, but maybe if we don’t give out the award every year, we can honor some real talent with this award.

Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night, taking home video of the year for “All Too Well,” a self-directed video and she even announced that her new album is due out on 21st of October. I remember when the video of the year was once the most outlandish or original video. That’s not true in 2022. Harry Styles won album of the year, as expected, his fans are big people.

Lisa won Best K-Pop on BTS, while BTS won Best Group. Jack Harlow opened the ceremony after releasing Princess of Pop Fergie for his hit “First Class.” That performance then moved on to Lizzo onstage performing “About Damn Time” and she won Best Video for good. Other winners of the night included Bad Bunny who won Artist of the Year. Song of the Year went to Billie Eilish for “Happier Than Ever.”

Best New Artist went to Dove Cameron. Best Pop Video went to Harry Styles for “As It Was,” while Best Hip-Hop Video went to Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Baby “Do we have a problem?” The Red Hot Chili Peppers won Best Rock Video for “Black Summer,” while The Weeknd won Best R&B Video for “Out of Time.” There were plenty of performers throughout the night, most of them real winners, but nothing spectacular that people were talking about the next day.

All in all, quite a boring ceremony if I’m being honest, but at the same time, should I have expected anything more from a network that was founded on playing music videos that no longer plays music videos? The focus is on reality series that aren’t funny, so the scorching days of the MTV Video Music Awards being the show people would be talking about the next day like when Britney Spears kissed Madonna followed by Christina Aguilera is finished ? What if Miley Cyrus got a little too close to singer Robin Thicke? Those times when you gasp or can’t look away from the TV, MTV doesn’t seem too interested in it anymore.

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