This year’s MTV Video Music Awards often felt like a televised three-hour support-group meeting, aiming to offer aid and comfort to viewers distressed about racism, suicide, and body shaming, but amid all this high-minded social consciousness, there was still plenty of celebrity feuding and floor-humping.
The 2017 MTV Music Video Awards were by no means short of socio-political commentary. It ranged from Kendrick Lamar's dramatic opening number to an impassioned plea for suicide and mental health awareness, a quiet monologue delivered toward the end of the broadcast that overshadowed all the more dramatic moments of the evening.
Pink used her time onstage to make a strong feminist statement about self-acceptance, self-expression, and gender equality.
The MTV Video Music Awards have always been a great place to make a fashion statement, but nobody does it quite like Pink. The singer — who will receive this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — was flanked by her husband, motocross racer Carey Hart, and their daughter Willow on the red carpet. “Hey Wills, do you want to stand with papa, or do you want to be with me in the interview?” Pink asked her daughter as she approached MTV host Gabby for a pre-show chat.
The 'America's Got Talent' star rocked a colorful dress on the red carpet that could be a bold comment about her contentious split.
Two days after President Trump signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, the network invited a group of transgender military men and women to the Video Music Awards.
Let’s be real: When it comes to the MTV Video Music Awards, it’s never about who wins or loses. Everyone has long forgotten that the Cars’ “You Might Think” took top honors at the first VMAs ceremony 33 years ago, but no one will ever forget Madonna’s career-making performance that opened that famous telecast. What are the craziest incidents in VMA history? Review them here and decide for yourself.
Sadly, between Madonna’s floor-rolling, Kanye’s speech-interrupting, Gaga’s meat-dressing, Beyoncé’s baby-bumping, and Miley’s foam-fingering, the artists who actually win Moonmen (or Moonpersons, as they are now known) at the MTV Video Music Awards are usually quickly forgotten. This year’s Video of the Year VMA nominees are Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful,” Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic,” the Weeknd’s “Reminder,” and DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts.” We will probably forget all about them halfway through host Katy Perry’s opening monologue. ...
Since 1984, the VMAs have produced not some of the biggest pop culture moments as well as some of the most awkward, squirm-in-your-seat, can’t-look-away moments.
You’re all set for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. You know that Katy Perry is hosting and that Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight nominations. You even heard that they’re changing the name of the Moonman to the Moonperson . Even so, a few questions still nag at you. Let’s put those questions to rest.
The MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist has been around since the first annual VMAs in 1984. However, despite years of practice, voters still frequently go a little crazy and allow a one-hit wonder to sneak away with the trophy that could (and probably should) have been won by the likes of Whitney Houston, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Hindsight is 20/20, right? But don’t worry about these “losers”; they went on to much greater things.
MTV has rid itself of gender-specific categories as the network revealed nominees Tuesday for this year's Video Music Awards, in which rapper Kendrick Lamar is in the lead. In the age of President Donald Trump and the fierce backlash he has generated among cultural leaders, MTV also announced a new category of "Best Fight Against the System" to recognize activist music.
The great irony of the MTV Video Music Awards (besides the obvious irony that MTV doesn’t actually play videos, or really any music, anymore) is the fact that the technical awards are not handed out during the on-air ceremony. For instance, you know that Beyoncé won a bunch of Moonmen Sunday night, but did you know that the 2016’s Best Direction award went to Melina Matsoukas for Bey’s “Formation”? Or that original 1984 Video Vanguard honoree David Bowie’s “Blackstar” and “Lazarus” received a combined posthumous four nominations this year?
From Britney's VMA comeback to Rihanna’s medley of hits, here are the moments that dominated the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards stage at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I still get very nervous,” noted Britney Spears of playing MTV’s Video Music Awards this week in a widely publicized radio interview. Although the VMAs have historically been the site of Spears’s fiercest moments – the near-naked bodysuit (in 2000)! The snake (in 2001)! The kiss (with Madonna, in 2003)! – the awards show also hosted her landmark rock-bottom moment, namely her foggy performance of “Gimme More” in 2007, which drew criticism from everyone, except perhaps vlogger Chris Crocker. Spears cleaned up and made good with MTV, winning the VMAs’ Best Video Award in 2008 and the Video Vanguard Award in 2011, and even going so far as to be a presenter in 2015.
One of the most talked-about moments of Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards didn’t even take place on the Madison Square Garden stage. While everyone was eagerly anticipating the performances by Video Vanguard recipient Rihanna or the triumphant returning Britney Spears, out of nowhere came Teyana Taylor — starring in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video — and she completely stole the show.
A speech from the always-unpredictable Kanye West is, depending on one’s point of view, either great fun or an exercise in changing the channel.
The queens of "RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2" were werking the white carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday at New York’s Madison Square Garden — serving VMAs realness in a collection of classic MTV couture that had everyone gagging on their eleganza.
Sadly, between Madonna’s floor-rolling, Kanye’s speech-interrupting, Gaga’s meat-dressing, Beyoncé’s baby-bumping, and Miley’s foam-fingering, the artists who actually win Moonmen at the MTV Video Music Awards are usually quickly forgotten. This year’s Video of the Year VMA nominees are Beyoncé’s “7/11,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” We will probably forget all about them halfway through Kanye West’s Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech, or right around the time that 2015 VMAs host Miley Cyrus makes her third costume change. Come on, does anyone even remember that Missy Elliott’s “Work It” was named Video of the Year in 2003, the year that Madonna swapped spit with Britney?
The 2016 VMAs has decided to not play itself by letting master motivator and premier music mogul DJ Khaled handle the kickoff festivities. As of now, we know that the list of performers will include the immortal pop princess Britney Spears, the young crooner on the come up Nick Jonas, hip-hop kingpin Future, and a potential performance from Rihanna, as she is the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M. were the darlings of MTV’s Video Music Awards. At the ceremony, the band’s dazzling video for “Losing My Religion” won six of the nine VMAs it was nominated for, including Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Breakthrough Video, Best Direction (for Tarsem), Best Art Direction (José Montaño), and Best Editing (Robert Duffy). (The band’s 1990 concert collection, Tourfilm, was also up for Best Long Form video, but it lost to Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection).
Of all the awards shows in all the land, the annual MTV Video Music Awards consistently has the most outrageous, forward-thinking and downright daring looks to hit any carpet — but the train to “edgy and cool” many times runs off the rails. Looking back at the VMAs red carpet over the years, there are plenty of cringe-worthy looks that can be attributed to “it was in style at the time.” But there are still those outfits that, even at the time, were an all-time disaster.
Let’s be real: When it comes to the MTV Video Music Awards, it’s never about who wins or loses. Everyone has long forgotten that the Cars’ “You Might Think” took top honors at the first VMAs ceremony 31 years ago, but no one will ever forget Madonna’s career-making performance that opened that famous telecast. What are the craziest incidents in VMA history? Review them here and decide for yourself