Other winners of the evening included Post Malone’s “Rockstar” taking the trophy for Song of the Year and Cardi B nabbing Best New Artist. Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover’s music video for “This Is America” snagged Best Video With a Message, Best Choreography, and Best Direction. Hiro Murai, who helmed the video, is a director and EP of the surreal Emmy-winning FX comedy.
Cardi B kicked off the ceremony by cradling the VMAs signature Moon Man trophy as if it were her child which led to a wet T shirt performance from Shawn Mendes as well as a Nicki Minaj performance that was very royal to go in line with her album Queen. In an attempt to bridge generations, Post Malone ended the telecast with a performance with the legendary Aerosmith.
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Jennifer Lopez was honored with the Video Vanguard Award and delivered a J. Lo-brand performance of current and past hits (it seemed like she sang all of her songs since On the 6) to remind us that she’s still Jenny from the Block.
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VMAs pioneer and pop icon Madonna, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday, gave out the award for Video of the Year and did her version of a tribute to Aretha Franklin…which wasn’t received well by Twitter.
On the film and TV side of things, Night School stars Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart, Crazy Rich Asians star Ken Jeong, Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown, Amandla Stenberg from the forthcoming The Hate U Give, and Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively from A Simple Favor stopped by the VMAs to partake in the festivities.
Read the full list of winners below.
Video of the Year
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
Best Video With a Message
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”
Best New Artist
Artist of the Year
Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Best Dance Video
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Best Latin Video
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”
Song of the Year
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”, Directed by Hiro Murai
Best Art Direction
The Carters – “APES**T”, Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue
Best Visual Effects
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”, Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”, Editing by Taylor Ward
The Carters – “APES**T”, Cinematography by Benoit Debie
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”, Choreography by Sherrie Silver
Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry”
Best Hip Hop Video
Nicki Minaj – “Chun Li”
Push Artist of the Year
Song of Summer
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
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