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.
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.
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”