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The bests of the entertainment industry have gathered once again for the MTV Video Music Awards. The award-giving body holds its annual awards night to celebrate memorable and catching artists. From the melancholic lyrics of an English song to a catchy tune of on-the-rise KPop music, the VMAs bring together only the finest.

This year, the 2022 MTV VMAs was held in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, last August 29. “Queen of Rap” Nicki Minaj, along with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow, will be hosting the event.

Donning the stage before the announcement of the winners of the categories are performances from Lizzo, Eminem, Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Panic! at the Disco. And, of course, it is expected that artists will be wearing the outfit that best shows their projected identity.

Countless artists and groups have been nominated in a total of 25 categories. Republic Record’s All Too Well (10 Minute Version) by Taylor Swift was nominated for the Video of the Year, as well as Doja Cat’s “Woman”, Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers,” “brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo, “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake ft. Future & Young Thug, and Lil Nas X’s “INDUSTRY BABY.”

For Artist of the Year, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, Harry Styls, Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Bad Bunny were nominated.

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KPop groups have also been nominated for various categories. Girl quartet BLACKPINK was nominated for Group of the Year, Best KPop Group, and Best Metaverse Performance. Up-and-rising KPop group SEVENTEEN was also given a nomination.

When Taylor Swift and company were called on stage to receive her win for Best Longform Video, the singer-songwriter announced a new album this October 21, which sent Swifties into a frenzy. What a way for the Grammy-award-winning artist to drop the announcement. Meanwhile, the Album of the Year went to former One Direction member Harry Styles for his “Harry House” album.

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Here is the full list of categories and the respective winners of each:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift — “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) — Republic Records 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bad Bunny — Rimas Entertainment *WINNER

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish — “Happier Than Ever” — Darkroom / Interscope Records

BEST NEW ARTIST

Dove Cameron — Disruptor Records / Columbia Records 

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

December 2021: SEVENTEEN — “Rock With You” — PLEDIS Entertainment / Geffen Records

BEST COLLABORATION

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow — “INDUSTRY BABY” — Columbia Records

BEST POP

Harry Styles — “As It Was” — Columbia Records

BEST HIP-HOP

Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby — “Do We Have A Problem?” — Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records 

BEST ROCK

Red Hot Chili Peppers — “Black Summer” — Warner Records

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Måneskin — “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” — Arista Records

BEST LATIN

Anitta — “Envolver” — Warner Records

BEST R&B

The Weeknd — “Out Of Time” — XO / Republic Records

BEST K-POP

LISA — “LALISA” — YG Entertainment / Interscope Records

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Lizzo — “About Damn Time” — Atlantic Records

BEST METAVERSE PERFORMANCE

BLACKPINK The Virtual | PUBG — YG Entertainment / Interscope Records

BEST LONGFORM VIDEO

Taylor Swift — “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) — Republic Records

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Harry Styles — “As It Was” — Columbia Records

BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Swift — “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) — Republic Records

BEST ART DIRECTION

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow — “INDUSTRY BABY” — Columbia Records

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow — “INDUSTRY BABY” — Columbia Records

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Doja Cat — “Woman” — Kemosabe Records / RCA Records

BEST EDITING

ROSALÍA — “SAOKO” — Columbia Records

GROUP OF THE YEAR

BTS

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Jack Harlow — “First Class”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Harry Styles — “Harry’s House”

 

Source: CNN

Scarlet Logan is a marketing professional who loves writing. She graduated with a double major in journalism and economics.

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