The Texas talent made his presence felt at the MTV Video Music Awards
The Red Hot Chili Peppers used Sunday night’s 2022 MTV Video Music Awards to recognize Fort Worth-born Taylor Hawkins, the late Foo Fighters drummer.
The Chili Peppers have accepted the Global Icon Award, which celebrates an artist or group that has achieved global success with their career, impact or continued influence. The Chili Peppers also won Best Rock Music Video for “Black Summer.”
The Foo Fighters won the Global Icon Award last year. As the Chili Peppers took the stage to accept their award, drummer Chad Smith told the crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, that he dedicated the award to Hawkins, who died in March at the age of 50. .
“There’s another global music icon and his name is Taylor Hawkins,” Smith said. “I want to dedicate this to Taylor and his family. I love them and miss them everyday, and fly, Hawk. Fly, my brother.
Other Texas-centric moments from the show
- Rapper Kendrick Lamar was all over the ballot but offered no MTV awards. It was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video, Video for Good, Best Direction, Best Visual Effects, and Best Editing. He also received two Best Cinematography nominations, including for his “N95” video, which was produced in part by Fort Worth-based Red Productions.
- Grapevine’s Post Malone and The Weeknd were nominated for Best Collaboration Video, but couldn’t contain Jack Harlow’s dominance on Sunday. (Earlier this month, after his concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, The Weeknd made a few visits to Dallas, including the Bishop Arts District.) Malone with Doja Cat (“I Like You”) and Beyoncé ( “Break My Soul”) were nominated for Song of the Summer but lost to Harlow’s “First Class”. Lil Nax X and Harlow won for “Industry Baby”.
- British idol Harry Styles won the award for best pop artist video for his ‘As It Was’. Styles promoted and opened a pop-up store in downtown Dallas for his Harry’s house album, which also won album of the year on Sunday night. Despite the success of his pop-up, Styles forgoes Dallas as part of his Love on Tour’s Texas setting at Austin’s Moody Center. He was unable to attend the awards due to his show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, but accepted the award via video.
- East Texas singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves was nominated for best long-form video for “Star-Crossed,” but lost to Taylor Swift. In February, Musgraves said The news that “Star-Crossed” is “just a huge patchwork of all these influences that inspire me”. Musgraves’ “Simple Times” video was also nominated for Best Art Direction.
In other highlights…
- Swift took home the top prize and closed the show with a surprisingly important announcement: the release date of her new album. “I thought it would be a fun time to tell you my new album is coming out October 21st,” Swift said after winning video of the year for her project. Too good: the short filmwhich claimed Best Long Form Video and Best Direction.
- Bad Bunny became the first Latin artist to win Artist of the Year. MTV announced his victory, then cut his appearance at Yankee Stadium where he performed his hit, “Titi Me Pregunto.”
- Nicki Minaj received the Video Vanguard Award, joining musical luminaries such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.
- Madonna, who is the most awarded artist in MTV history with 20 wins, became the only artist to receive a nomination in each of the VMAs’ five decades. She earned her 69th nomination for her 14th studio album, Mrs X.
- Eminem and Snoop Dogg brought the metaverse to the VMAs as the duo performed “From the D 2 The LBC,” which was featured on Eminem’s greatest hits album Curtain call 2.
- Here are the full lists of winners and highlights.
This report contains material from The Associated Press.