Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and K-pop band BTS had been amid the early winners at MTV’s yearly Video Songs Awards (VMAs) on Sunday, a single of the 1st large award reveals to be packed with lovers since New York’s emergence from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Madonna opened the ceremony, which also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the start of MTV as a channel committed to actively playing new music movies.
“They said we would not very last. But we are continue to right here,” Madonna said.
Jennifer Lopez and Cyndi Lauper also despatched enthusiasts wild with unforeseen appearances, with Lauper weighing in on abortion rights stating that gals want “handle more than our bodies.”
Final yr the VMAs took spot devoid of a live viewers and with most performances recorded in advance since of the pandemic. This 12 months, admirers sporting masks crammed the indoor Barclays Heart arena.
Rodrigo, 18, went into Sunday’s show with five nominations together with artist of the calendar year and greatest new artist immediately after her debut solitary “motorists license” stormed the pop charts around the globe in January.
She performed smash strike “fantastic 4 u” and took household the trophy for music of the calendar year for “drivers license” in the admirer-voted awards.
“This is so insane. This has been the most magical year of my daily life,” Rodrigo stated, dedicating her acquire to “all the other girls who compose music on their bedroom floor.”
Justin Bieber returned to the VMA phase for the very first time in 6 decades, singing his solitary “Ghost,” while his wife, Hailey, was a presenter.
Bieber, 27, received the initially of 7 probable awards, getting house the Moon Individual statuette for finest pop for his one “Peaches.”
Rodrigo and Bieber are competing towards Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and Taylor Swift for the top artist of the yr prize.
Video clip of the year nominees incorporate Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me A lot more,” Ed Sheeran’s “Poor Behavior,” Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Phone Me By Your Name),” The Weeknd’s “Preserve Your Tears,” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s raunchy “WAP,” and Bieber’s “Popstar” collaboration with DJ Khaled and Drake.
BTS was named group of the calendar year and sent many thanks by movie from South Korea, although Grammy-profitable state singer Kacey Musgraves carried out for the initial time on the VMA phase with her new solitary “Star-Crossed.”
Rock band Foo Fighters will get the Worldwide Icon Award recognizing their 25 years in the tunes business. The 12 Grammy-successful band, which will accomplish later on on Sunday, is also up for three VMAs, such as very best rock online video for “Disgrace Disgrace.”