The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (MTV VMAs) took place on Sunday 28 August at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Rapper Nicki Minaj made history as the second female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award. Minaj also won the Best Hip-Hop Award.
Taylor Swift won the Video of the Year Award for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) and surprised her fans with the announcement of a new album.
NICKI MINAJ HONOURED WITH MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs is also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award. On 28 August, Nicki Minaj became the fourth rapper to ever receive the award.
In her acceptance speech, Minaj thanked those who gave her an opportunity to show her talents and also shone the spotlight on music legends Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
“I wish that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackon were here. I wish that people would understand what they meant and what they were going through. I wish people took mental health seriously, even for the people who you think have perfect lives,” said the Moment 4 Life hitmaker.
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TAYLOR SWIFT ANNOUNCES A NEW ALBUM AT MTV VMAS
Pop icon Taylor Swift beat out the likes of Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo to win the Video of the Year Award for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).
Accepting the award, Swift surprised her fans by announcing her 10th studio album titled Memories set to be released on 21 October.
Taking to Twitter on 29 August, the 22 hitmaker said the album is a “collection of music written in the middle of the night”.
“A journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching – hoping that just maybe when the clock strikes 12… we’ll meet ourselves.”
COMPLETE LIST OF MTV VMAS WINNERS
- Artist of the Year: Bad Bunny
- Video of the Year: Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
- Album of the Year: Harry Styles – Harry’s House
- Song of the Year: Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
- Best New Artist: Dove Cameron
- Best Rock: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Black Summer
- Best Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Baby: Do We Have a Problem
- Beat Latin: Anitta – Envolver
- Best K-Pop: Lisa – Lalisa
- Best Alternative: Måneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave
- Best Pop: Harry Styles – As It Was
- Best R&B: The Weeknd – Out of Time
- Best Longform Video: Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
- Best Group: BTS
- Best Collaboration: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby
- Song of the Summer: Jack Harlow – First Class
- Video for Good: Lizzo – About Damn Time
- Push Performance of the Year: December 2021: Seventeen – Rock With You
- Best Metaverse Performance: Blackpink the Virtual – PUBG
- Best Cinematography: Harry Styles – As It Was
- Best Direction: Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)
- Best Art Direction: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby
- Best Visual Effects: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – Industry Baby
- Best Choreography: Doja Cat – Woman
- Best Editing: Rosalía – Saoko