That’s a roundup of the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards! Sunday night’s show started off with a bang when co-host Jack Harlow wowed the crowd with Fergie as the night’s first performer, and ended just as big with Taylor Swift announcing a new album on the way.
In between, the night offered plenty of memorable moments, including Lizzo’s video for a nice acceptance speech that featured the standout line, “Bitch, I’m winning hoe!” Cheech and Chong also had the audience laughing as they struggled to read the teleprompters as they introduced the Red Hot Chili Peppers, winners of the Global Icon Award. Anitta, who gave a sultry rendition of “Wrap Up,” teased the audience by yelling, “VMA! You thought I wasn’t going to shake my ass tonight?!”
The metaverse was a recurring theme of this year’s show, with many references to new technology both on and off the main stage. Eminem and Snoop Dogg gave a hybrid in-person and “other side” performance of their collaboration “From the D 2 The LBC” as Bored Apes. And while most of the performances were filmed on location at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, Bad Bunny made history performing “Titi Me Pregunto” from New York’s Yankee Stadium, where he accepted the artist of the year award.
Harry Styles was also just a few miles from the VMAs, performing one of his many shows at Madison Square Garden in New York, but was able to make a virtual appearance for his acceptance speech for Album of the Year for “Harry’s House”.
The most memorable moments of the VMAs came courtesy of seasoned performers and the forgettable moments were somewhat inexplicable considering the size and scope of the MTV stage. Read on for the five best and three worst moments from the 2022 VMAs.
a quick surprise
Among the show’s biggest moments, Taylor Swift surprised fans with the announcement of an all-new album set to drop on October 1. 21. The reveal came as she was accepting the video of the year award, which she won for “All Too Well (10 minute version)”.
“Guys, I’m so proud of what we did, and right now every second of this moment we wouldn’t have been able to make this short if it wasn’t for you, the fans,” she said. she said, with her team and “All Too Well” star Dylan O’Brien standing behind her. “Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my album [‘Red (Taylor’s Version),’ which included the winning song] If it wasn’t for you, you encouraged me to do it. And I had decided that if you were going to be so generous and give us this, I thought it would be a fun time to tell you that my new album is out on October 1st. 21. And I’ll tell you more at midnight.”
Fergie’s return in first class
As one of three emcees for the evening’s show, Harlow had a lot to show for, but she definitely turned heads when she surprised the crowd with Fergie for the night’s opening performance. The singer, who hasn’t performed publicly in years, appeared on stage dressed in a dazzling outfit emblazoned with the “First Class” logo and sang “Glamorous” alongside Harlow.
The rapper opened the “First Class” performance with a sample of “Glamorous” from an airplane set, dressed as a flight attendant, strutting alongside Avril Lavigne, Becky G, Lil Nas X, Jimmy Fallon and more before losing. quickly changed the outfit for a shiny black ensemble and a red carpet background. He quickly joined Fergie onstage as the two finished singing “Glamorous.” When the song Harlow won song of the summer, he thanked Fergie for cleaning up the sampler and called his 2007 hit one of the “biggest songs, the biggest songs from my childhood — it influenced my whole style, as well.” that ‘First Class’ is me”. !”
Nicki’s Monster Mix
The VMA stage was filled with shades of pink this year for a medley from Video Vanguard Award winner and VMA co-host Nicki Minaj. The rapper gave a theatrical performance of “All Things Go”, “Roman’s Revenge” and delivered a brief a cappella interpretation of “monster”. The performance concluded with an R-rated choreography for her latest single “Super Freaky Girl,” in which Barbs was front and center, singing, sometimes louder than Minaj herself.
Maneskin Singer Sassy Chaps
It wasn’t the first time buttocks had graced the VMAs stage (see Christina Aguilera’s performance of “Dirty” in 2002), but Måneskin singer David Damiano recalled historic MTV moments from yesteryear, recalling Bowie , Madonna and David Lee. Roth, and possibly precipitated the cameras rolling momentarily. Italian arena-rock revivalists always put on a show, and a number in leather chaps flashing a bum in the middle of the verse is certainly that. Side note: Very little of Victoria De Angelis was shown during the broadcast, so here she is next.
Bad Bunny reigns supreme
Bad Bunny made history at the VMAs for two reasons this year. First, he delivered his nominated Best Latin Hit, “Tití Me Preguntó,” live from Yankee Stadium, marking MTV’s first remote broadcast from the iconic venue, and it’s worth noting that the artist kissed one of his dancers during the performance. performance. And secondly, Bad Bunny is the first non-English speaking artist to win a Moon Person for artist of the year. Moments after performing, the Puerto Rican superstar gave a short speech thanking MTV and told her audience what the feat meant for “latin pride.” Bad Bunny was nominated alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X and Lizzo.
lip sync bug
Live award shows are complicated and there’s no denying the amount of work put into making them work (dump button abuse aside), but it seems that at this year’s awards, the most conspicuous mistake was timing. obvious lip Among the repeat offenders are the likes of Blackpink, Anitta and Flo Milli, who devoted attention to their killer dance routines but left little room for actual singing.
Johnny Depp dives
Add this to the list of what we didn’t need to see at this year’s MTV VMAs. Depp made a questionable appearance as Moon Person, popping up in a few random one-liners as the awards show returned from commercial breaks. Although Depp was not at the VMAs in his physical form, his face digitally appeared on the helmet of a Lunar Person floating above the stage. “And you know what? I needed the job,” Depp said during the show’s opening. “Hey VMAs, let’s get back to the fucking music, okay?” he said in another appearance, though his f-bomb was blown for the broadcast. And in a clip posted on his InstagramDepp said: “I just want you to know that I’m available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, whatever you need.” This may be the actor’s attempt to return to the light-hearted persona he once featured in Amber Heard’s pre-trial world, but the move certainly felt confusing at best.
Flea’s F-Bomb Parade
On a night when the beep button was working overtime, it didn’t help that some speech was simply unintelligible. Namely: Flea of the Chilli Peppers who, while accepting the best rock award for her 2022 song “Black Summer,” rattled off so many names, themes and thoughts that she seemed to throw off the designated trash crew. For the record, here are the parts we were able to make out:
“To my bandmates: I love you so much. To my wife, Melody, I love you. To my children, Sonny and Clara, I love you. To everyone watching TV here, I love you. I love cockroaches, dirt, trees, all humans and fish. And deer and deer antlers and birds and sky and love. And everything that is not love is cowardice. Ich liebe dich. Thank you very much for your support.”