Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo clean up at MTV Video Music Awards

A stacked slate of artists lit up MTV’s fortieth annual Video Music Awards on Sunday, returning in full pressure to Brooklyn’s Barclays Heart after final 12 months’s scaled-back pandemic present.

The 2021 VMAs — a present identified extra for ostentatious performances, made-for-Twitter moments and wild costumes than the precise awards — was again with its signature elaborate performances earlier than a masked full viewers after a 2020 present that noticed many celebrities settle for prizes through video stream.

The present opened with a pre-taped clip from none apart from Madonna, who made VMA historical past on the 1984 inaugural present with a show-stopping efficiency of “Like A Virgin,” which kicked off the present’s reign as a platform for headline-grabbing antics.

“They stated we would not final, however we’re nonetheless right here,” she stated after strutting onto the stage, dropping an expletive whereas sporting a dominatrix-esque black leather-based thong corset.

“Comfortable fortieth, MTV.”

Lil Nas X scored the evening’s prime award, Video of the 12 months, for “Montero (Name Me by Your Identify)” not lengthy after a sensual efficiency simply days earlier than his album is about for launch September 17.

“Thanks to the homosexual agenda, let’s go homosexual agenda!” stated the 22-year-old. His profitable video had set off social media hype that noticed the artist change disses with a sitting US governor, who took difficulty with the seductive clip by which the artist offers the satan a lap dance.

– ‘Wonderful outlet’ of music –

Doja Cat hosted Sunday’s present, additionally performing “Been Like This” and “You Proper” whereas descending from the rafters in an aerial act.

Nevertheless it was Normani’s efficiency of “Wild Aspect” that stole the evening. The R&B pop star shocked along with her always-on-lock choreography earlier than grinding on Teyana Taylor, with that performer strapped to a metallic platform in an homage to previous acts by Janet Jackson.

Lil Nas X additionally carried out, debuting the stay model of his single “Trade Child” with co-performer Jack Harlow and a marching band, earlier than launching right into a revival of his music video’s jail bathe set.

And Billie Eilish launched a head-banging efficiency from Foo Fighters, thanking them for “carrying the torch of rock and roll” earlier than they obtained the present’s World Icon Award.

Along with performing pop, sensation Olivia Rodrigo scored three awards, together with Tune of the 12 months for “Drivers License” and Finest New Artist.

“I simply really feel so grateful that I get to make music and do stuff that I really like and name it my job,” stated the 18-year-old whose debut album “Bitter” soared to the highest of charts.

Justin Bieber in the meantime gained Artist of the 12 months together with Finest Pop for “Peaches.”

“Music is such an incredible alternative and an incredible outlet to achieve individuals and to deliver us all collectively,” Bieber instructed the viewers.

Korean heavyweight boy band BTS snagged Finest Ok-pop for “Butter,” because the embellished Eilish’s “Your Energy” gained the award for Video For Good.

“All of us have energy and we should keep in mind to not abuse it,” Eilish instructed the cheering crowd.

The eligibility interval for this 12 months’s movies ranged from July 2020 to June 2021.

Sunday’s present kicks off a packed month of cultural occasions slated to return to New York after the pandemic wreaked havoc on the leisure calendar.

The glittery Met Gala, a star-studded occasion that raises cash for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Insitute, is about for Monday night, with co-hosts to incorporate Eilish. The three-day Governor’s Ball music competition is in the meantime scheduled for the weekend of September 24 in Queens.

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