Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift win big at the MTV Video Music Awards
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August 28 (UPI) — Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift were the big winners at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Minaj co-hosted the event with Jack Harlow and LL Cool J.
She also took the stage in her signature pink and performed her popular verse of “Monster” and hits “Chun-Li,” “Anaconda,” “Super Bass,” and more, then accepted the 2022 Video Vanguard Award.
In her speech, Minaj thanked the artists who inspired her and gave her breaks along the way.
She also said she wishes late superstars Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were still around making music and celebrating the industry, and implored people to take mental illness seriously.
Before the night was over, she also won Best Hip-Hop for “Do We Have a Problem.”
She previously won the category for “Anaconda” (2015) and “Chun-Li” (2018). With three wins, she is the most honored rap artist in VMAs history, severing her tie with Drake, who won two of the awards.
Taylor Swift won best long-form video for “All Too Well,” which also won for best direction. She also accepted the evening’s top prize, Video of the Year.
Bad Bunny was declared artist of the year, BTS was voted best group and Dove Cameron won the award for best new artist.
Harry Styles won Best Pop for ‘As it Was’ and Album of the Year for Harry’s house. Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” scored the song of the year statuette.
Maneskin took home Best Alternative Video honor for “I Wanna Be Your Slave,” and Lil Nas X and Harlow won Best Collaboration statuette for “Industry Baby,” which also won Best Direction honors. artistry and the best visual effects.
Best K-Pop went to Blackpink’s Lisa for “Lalisa,” Anitta won Best Latin for “Envolver,” and The Weeknd won Best R&B for Out of Time.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have dedicated their Global Icon Award to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins who recently died of a drug overdose. The group also walked away with the prize for best rock for “Black Summer”.
Harlow kicked off the show with a performance of “First Class”, with an assist from Fergie. The hit was later named Song of the Summer.
Lizzo then brought the house down with a mashup of “About Damn Time” and “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”. Later that night, she won Best Video for Good for “About Damn Time.”
Another highlight of the show was Eminem and Snoop Dogg performing “From the D 2 The LBC” from Eminem’s second greatest album, Curtain call 2which was released earlier this month.
Other performers on the night include Kane Brown, Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid, Panic! to Disco and Blackpink.
The show also included a surprise appearance by Johnny Depp as MTV’s mascot, the Moon Person, hovering over the stage and offering to work on anyone’s special occasions.
The stunt was a nod to the fact that Depp has lost numerous jobs following his sordid legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard.