Justin Bieber and Megan Thee Stallion are this year’s most nominated artists at the continued MTV Video Music Awards that are being held in ny .
Justin Bieber won artist of the year and began the ceremony with an active performance that featured him rappelling from the ceiling of Barclays Center and launching into stick with Kid LAROI and his single Ghost. The leading nominee heading into the show, Bieber also took home the simplest pop song honor with Giveon for Peaches. it had been Bieber’s first VMAs performance in six years, and he’s also competing for other top honors like video of the year for Popstar. Sporting baggy clothes and a hoodie, Bieber showed his appreciation for the awards being in-person and thanked his wife, Hailey, for supporting him.
“As we all know , there’s such a lot happening within the world,” Bieber said during his acceptance speech after winning artist of the year. “We are in unprecedented times with COVID. Music is a tremendous outlet to succeed in people together. We’re all here together.”
Lil Nas X won video of the year at MTV VMAs. “I don’t take this without any consideration ,” Lil Nas X said while accepting the night’s final award for the video for his song, Montero (Call Me By Your Name).
Meanwhile, BTS won Group of the Year, Olivia Rodrigo won Best New Artist and Song of the Year, Billie Eilish won Video permanently for her ballad Your Power, Travis Scott won Best Hip-Hop for Franchise (featuring Young Thug & M.I.A.).
Eilish, who won the fan-voted video permanently for her song Your Power, in her acceptance speech, said Alicia Keys kissed her on the cheek before she spoke about the satisfaction of writing the song and ladies empowerment.
The Foo Fighters performed then accepted the worldwide Icon Award, an honor handed out for the primary time at the VMAs. The award recognizes an artist or band “whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a singular level of worldwide success in music and beyond.”