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MAIN Arrow to Pop Culture Pop Culture Arrow to MTV VMA Awards2021 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV VMA logoWhen: 8PM ET, Sunday, September 12, 2021

Where: Live on MTV from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

It was another fun-filled, star-studded awards ceremony honoring the top music videos of the past year -- when the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 8PM ET on ... (where else?) MTV.

Hosting this year's ceremony was 2021 five-time nominee Doja Cat.

2021 MTV VMA nominees (also see WINNERS, below) were announced on August 11 with Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion leading the pack with seven for Bieber and six for Stallion.

Other top nomineess included Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon and Lil Nas X who follow with five nods each.


2021 MTV noms
Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion led this year's pack with seven nods for Bieber and six fror Stallion.


Besides a return to New York and a live audience this year, there was also a special tribute in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 during this year's ceremony.

Performing at the 2021 Video Music Awards were none other than top nominee Justin Bieber in his first VMA appearance in six years, joined by Lil Nas X, Camilia Cabello, Machine Gun Kelly, Ed Sheeran, and Olivia Rodrigo and Kacey Musgraves making their VMA debuts.


Doja Cat hosted this year's VMAs

Camila Cabello gave a live performance of her hit single "Don't Go Yet" while Machine Gun Kelly delivered a premiere live performance of his new single, "Paper Cuts".

Adding to the performance lineup was Chlöe, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, and a special performance from Foo Fighters, (recipients of the MTV Global Icon Award),

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of MTV VMA nominees and winenrs, fun facts, videos, and related resources on the music video "Oscars"...


Sean Cosgrave is a frequent editorial contributor to Chiff.com.


DID YOU KNOW? MTV VMA fun facts & trivia


• The very first MTV VMA award show in 1984 was hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Akroyd.

• More than a two dozen categories have been dropped by the VMA lineup over the years, including Best Artist Website and Best Video Game Soundtrack (and does anyone remember Ringtone of the Year?)

• The award for Quadruple Threat of the Year was given out just once, in 2007, to Justin Timberlake.

• Madonna is the winning-est music artist of all time with 20 Moonmen, more than Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson combined.

• American audiences were stunned by the twerkfest by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA's, wracking up more than 150 formal complaints to the FCC for their naughtier-than-thou performance.

• The first nominees for music videos in Spanish were announced at the 2005 VMAs that also featured live performances by Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Tego Calderon.

• The most awarded music video of all time is Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," which took home a total of nine Moonmen at the 1987 VMAs.




2021 MTV VMA Nominees & WINNERS

Video of the Year

Cardi B: “WAP” [ft. Megan Thee Stallion]
DJ Khaled / Drake: “Popstar” (Starring Justin Bieber)
Doja Cat: “Kiss Me More” [ft. SZA]
Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits”
WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”
The Weeknd: “Save Your Tears”

Artist of the Year>

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
WINNER: Justin Bieber
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

24kGoldn: “Mood” [ft. Iann Dior]
BTS: “Dynamite”
Cardi B: “WAP” [ft. Megan Thee Stallion]
Dua Lipa: “Levitating”
WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo: “Drivers License”
Bruno Mars / Anderson .Paak / Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open”

Best New Artist

24kGoldn
Giveon
The Kid Laroi
WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo
Polo G
Saweetie

Group of the Year

Blackpink
WINNER: BTS
CNCO
Foo Fighters
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars / Anderson .Paak / Silk Sonic
Twenty One Pilots

Push Performance of the Year

September 2020: Wallows – “Are You Bored Yet?”
October 2020: Ashnikko – “Daisy”
November 2020: Saint Jhn – “Gorgeous”
December 2020: 24kGoldn – “Coco”
January 2021: JC Stewart – “Break My Heart”
February 2021: Latto – “Sex Lies”
March 2021: Madison Beer – “Selfish”
April 2021: The Kid Laroi – “Without You”
WINNER: May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”
June 2021: Girl in Red – “Serotonin”
July 2021: Fousheé – “my slime”
August 2021: Jxdn – “Think About Me”

Best Collaboration

24kGoldn: “Mood” [ft. Iann dior]
Cardi B: “WAP” [ft. Megan Thee Stallion]
WINNER: Doja Cat: “Kiss Me More” [ft. SZA]
Drake: “Laugh Now Cry Later” [ft. Lil Durk]
Justin Bieber: “Peaches” [ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon]
Miley Cyrus: “Prisoner” [ft. Dua Lipa]

Best Pop

Ariana Grande: “Positions”
Billie Eilish: “Therefore I Am”
BTS: “Butter”
Harry Styles: “Treat People With Kindness”
WINNER: Justin Bieber: “Peaches” [ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon]
Olivia Rodrigo: “Good 4 U” 
Shawn Mendes: “Wonder”
Taylor Swift: “Willow”

Best Hip-Hop

Cardi B: “WAP” [ft. Megan Thee Stallion]
Drake: “Laugh Now Cry Later” [ft. Lil Durk]
Lil Baby: “On Me (Remix)” [ft. Megan Thee Stallion]
Moneybagg Yo: “Said Sum”
Polo G: “Rapstar”
WINNER: Travis Scott: “Franchise” [ft. Young Thug and M.I.A.]

Best Rock

Evanescence: “Use My Voice”
Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame”
WINNER: John Mayer: “Last Train Home”
The Killers: “My Own Soul’s Warning”
Kings of Leon: “The Bandit”
Lenny Kravitz: “Raise Vibration”

Best Alternative

Bleachers: “Stop Making This Hurt”
Glass Animals: “Heat Waves”
Imagine Dragons: “Follow You”
WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly: “My Ex’s Best Friend” [ft. Blackbear]
Twenty One Pilots: “Shy Away” 
Willow: “Transparent Soul” [ft. Travis Barker]

Best Latin

Bad Bunny / Jhay Cortez: “Dákiti”
WINNER: Billie Eilish / Rosalía: “Lo Vas a Olvidar”
Black Eyed Peas / Shakira: “Girl Like Me”
J Balvin / Dua Lipa / Bad Bunny / Tainy: “Un Dia (One Day)”
Karol G: “Bichota”
Maluma: “Hawái”

Best R&B

Beyoncé / Blue Ivy / Saint Jhn / WizKid: “Brown Skin Girl”
Chris Brown / Young Thug: “Go Crazy”
Giveon: “Heartbreak Anniversary”
H.E.R.: “Come Through” [ft. Chris Brown]
WINNER: Bruno Mars / Anderson .Paak / Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open”
SZA: “Good Days”

Best K-Pop

(G)I-dle: “Dumdi Dumdi”
Blbackpink / Selena Gomez: “Ice Cream”
WINNER: BTS: “Butter”
Monsta X: “Gambler”
Seventeen: “Ready to Love”
Twice: “Alcohol-Free”

Song of The Summer

Billie Eilish: “Happier Than Ever”
WINNER: BTS: “Butter”
Camila Cabello: “Don’t Go Yet”
DJ Khaled: “Every Chance I Get” [ft. Lil Baby and Lil Durk]
Doja Cat: “Need to Know”
Dua Lipa: “Levitating”
Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits”
Giveon: “Heartbreak Anniversary”
Justin Bieber: “Peaches” [ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon]
The Kid Laroi / Justin Bieber: “Stay”
Lil Nas X / Jack Harlow: “Industry Baby”
Lizzo: “Rumors” [ft. Cardi B]
Megan Thee Stallion: “Thot Shit”
Normani: “Wild Side” [ft. Cardi B]
Olivia Rodrigo: “Good 4 U”
Shawn Mendes / Tainy: “Summer of Love”

Video for Good

WINNER: Billie Eilish: “Your Power”
Demi Lovato: “Dancing With the Devil”
H.E.R.: “Fight for You”
Kane Brown: “Worldwide Beautiful” 
Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”
Pharrell Williams: “Entrepreneur” [ft. Jay-Z]

Best Direction

Billie Eilish: “Your Power” (dir. Billie Eilish)
DJ Khaled ft. Drake: “Popstar” (dir. Director X)
WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (dir. Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino)
Taylor Swift: “Willow” (dir. Taylor Swift)
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A: “Franchise” (dir. Travis Scott)
Tyler, the Creator: “Lumberjack” (dir. Wolf Haley)

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Beyoncé / Blue Ivy / Saint Jhn / WizKid: “Brown Skin Girl” (cinematography: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant)
Billie Eilish: “Therefore I Am” (cinematography: Rob Witt)
Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame” (cinematography: Santiago Gonzalez)
Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper: “Holy” (cinematography: Elias Talbot)
Lady Gaga: “911” (cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth)
Lorde: “Solar Power” (cinematography: Andrew Stroud)

Best Art Direction

Beyoncé / Shatta Wale / Major Lazer: “Already” (art direction: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos)
Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits” (art direction: Alison Dominitz)
Lady Gaga: “911” (art direction: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus)
Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (art direction: John Richoux)
WINNER: Saweetie ft. Doja Cat: “Best Friend” (art direction: Art Haynes)
Taylor Swift: “Willow” (art direction: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez)

Best Visual Effects

Bella Poarch: “Build a Bitch” (visual effects: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova)
Coldplay: “Higher Power” (visual effects: Mathematic)
Doja Cat / The Weeknd: “You Right” (visual effects: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel)
Glass Animals: “Tangerine” (visual effects: Ronan Fourreau)
WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (visual effects: Mathematic)
P!nk: “All I Know So Far” (visual effects: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc)

Best Choreography

Ariana Grande: “34+35” (choreography: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson)
BTS: “Butter” (choreography: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM)
Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits” (choreography: Natricia Bernard)
Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame” (choreography: Nina McNeely)
WINNER: Harry Styles: “Treat People With Kindness” (choreography: Paul Roberts)
Marshmello / Halsey: “Be Kind” (choreography: Dani Vitale)

Best Editing

BTS: “Butter” (editing: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens)
Drake: “What’s Next” (editing: Noah Kendal)
Harry Styles: “Treat People With Kindness” (editing: Claudia Wass)
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon: “Peaches” (editing: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs)
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa: “Prisoner” (editing: William Town at Modern Post)
WINNER: Bruno Mars / Anderson .Paak / Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open” (editing: Troy Charbonnet)

Best Breakthrough Song

Masked Wolf: “Astronaut in the Ocean”
WINNER: Claire Rosinkranz: “Backyard Boy”
Bella Poarch: “Build a B*tch”
Yung Baby Tate: “I Am” [ft. Flo Milli]
Whoheem: “Let’s Link”

Best Comeback Song

WINNER: Aly & AJ: “Potential Breakup Song”
Destiny’s Child: “Bills, Bills, Bills”
Fleetwood Mac: “Dreams”
Simple Plan: “I’m Just a Kid”
Boney M.: “Rasputin”
Missy Elliott: “Work It”

Best Artist x Creator Collab

WINNER: Mustard Watermelon by @Lizzo x @yayayayummy
“Blackbird” Duet by @joejonas x @itsbenhorsburgh
Fan Duet by @charlieputh x @jvke
Soup Song by @johnmayer x @itsjamiebiotch
Mom It Was Never a Phase by @alltimelow x @yungricepatty
“Unwritten” Dance by @natashabedingfield x @rony_boyy

Best Audio Mashup

WINNER: “Shaxicula” (“Toxic” x “Love Shack” x “Dragula”) by Britney Spears / The B-52’s / Rob Zombie x @djcummerbund
“Baby One More Time x Levitating" by Britney Spears / Dua Lipa x @adamusic_
“Castaways x Dilemma" by The Backyardigans / Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland x @djbabyq
"Good 4 U x Misery Business" by Olivia Rodrigo / Paramore x @nikjaay
"Watermelon Sugar x Seaside" by Harry Styles / SEB x @SEBS_LOVESONGS

Best Viral Dance

WINNER: “Twerkulator” by City Girls x @layzchipz
“Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” by Popp Hunna x @yvnggprince
“Gimme More” by Britney Spears x @jaedengomezz & @karaleighcannella
“Ooowwweee” by Peewee Longway & Money Man x @thats.so.bre
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion x @keke.janajah
“Up” by Cardi B x @theemyanicole and @cchrvs

U.S. Global Icon Award

Foo Fighters

 

 


More about the MTV VMA's around the Web:

Elsewhere on the Web, check out major links to star profiles, red carpet fashion photos, and lots of history & fun facts behind the MTV Video Music Awards.

2021 MTV Video Music Awards - The official site with complete list of this year's nominees, winners, presenters and performers, photo galleries and video clips.

MTV Video Music Awards - Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia with a complete history of the awards, hyperlinks to lists of winners by year dating back to 1984, and related resources.

 

 
 

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