Opening of the MTV Video Music Awards with Jack Harlow and Johnny Depp

Rapper Jack Harlow took to the skies to open the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, while Johnny Depp made a surprise float above the audience as Moon Man.

Harlow began her performance inside a fake airplane walking down the aisle while performing her hit song “First Class,” which was sampled by Fergie’s “Glamorous.” The rapper joined Fergie on stage – wearing a sparkling silver dress with the red words “First Class” – who sang her 2006 jam.

During the show, Depp made a surprise appearance nearly three months after the verdict of his defamation lawsuit with ex-wife Amber Heard. The 59-year-old actor floated from the ceiling while wearing the iconic astronaut outfit with his face digitally inserted into the custom helmet.

“And you know what? I needed the job,” Depp told the audience at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Lizzo had Taylor Swift dancing from her seat as she performed her new single “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”.

Harlow’s name was called back on stage to receive the show’s top award for his appearance on Lil Nas X’s song “Industry Baby,” which won Best Collaboration. Harlow and Lil Nas X tied for the main nominees with seven each.

“This one’s for the champions,” Lil Nas X said before Harlow thanked him for his collaboration on the chart-topping single. The song propelled their nominations, putting them in competition for Entertainer of the Year along with Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo.

Kendrick Lamar entered the show with seven nominations with Harry Styles and Doja Cat close behind with six nods apiece. Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Tayler Swift and The Weeknd each have five.

Swift accepted the award for Best Long Form Video for her “All Too Well: The Short Film.” The singer opened up about creating her first short film, thanking many, including actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, who starred in the project.

“We put our hearts into it,” Swift said.

Styles won album of the year for “Harry’s House.” He was unable to attend the awards due to his show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Harlow is playing a dual role, joining LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj as the show’s hosts.

Minaj will perform hits throughout her career and accept the show’s Video Vanguard Award, which MTV said she received for her artistry, groundbreaking hip-hop and global superstar status. . The honor is named after Michael Jackson.

Eminem, Snoop Dogg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bad Bunny are also set to perform

Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, becomes the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs’ five decades. She got her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album “Madame X”.

Lamar returns to the VMAs as a nominee for the first time since 2018, with nods for best hip-hop, direction, visual effects, editing and a category known as video for good, while that his songs “Family Bonds” and “N95” are competing for Best Cinematography.

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