All the incredible MTV VMAs 2023 moments you missed
The biggest night in music kicked off last night in New Jersey for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and the stars came in their droves.
Music’s biggest names descended onto the Prudential Center in Newark for the second year in a row with the likes of legends Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige all in attendance.
It was well and truly Taylor’s night, as the 33-year-old superstar scooped nine prizes, and she made history as the first person to win video of the year four times.
The Cruel Summer singer also took home song of the year for her tune Anti-Hero, as well as the coveted artist of the year accolade.
Taylor also scooped the best direction, best pop, best cinematography, and best visual effects awards for Anti-Hero.
As she accepted the best pop prize she told the crowd: ‘I love making pop music, I love making pop music videos, I also love making country.
‘I love slinking around different genres and the only reason I’m allowed to do that is because you, the fans, gave me the opportunity to do this.
‘One big adventure and it’s all so much to challenge myself to make music that’s different than what I made last and I just love you for it. But I really love making pop music, so thank you so, so, so much.’
Elsewhere, Shakira – who also proved her Hips Don’t Lie in a spirited medley performance – was presented with her video vanguard award for contributions to global music by Wyclef Jean.
The evening was hosted by Nicki Minaj, who also won best hip-hop for her track Super Freaky Girl.
Meanwhile, Ice Spice was named best new artist and Stray Kids’ S-Class was awarded Best K-Pop, Anitta’s Funk Rave took the best Latin award, SZA landed best R&B thanks to song Shirt, and Mary J Blige presented the global icon award to Diddy.
One of the biggest moments of the night was seeing boyband NSYNC reunite on stage for the first time in 10 years.
Originally made up of Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake, the band formed in 1995 and have not performed together since the 2013 VMAs.
They took to the stage to award Taylor with her best pop gong, and she was absolutely buzzing.
All the winners at the 2023 MTV VMAs
Video of the Year
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
Video Vanguard Award
Global Icon Award
Best New Artist
Push Performance of the Year
April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER – Sugar Rush Ride
KAROL G, Shakira – TQG
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
Nicki Minaj – Super Freaky Girl
SZA – Shirt
Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – Candy Necklace
Måneskin – THE LONELIEST
Anitta – Funk Rave
Stray Kids – S-Class
Rema & Selena Gomez – Calm Down
Video for Good
Dove Cameron – Breakfast
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero – Directed by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Cinematography by Rina Yang
Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero – Visual Effects by Parliament
BLACKPINK – Pink Venom
Best Art Direction
Doja Cat – Attention – Art Direction by Spencer Graves
Olivia Rodrigo – vampire – Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel
Show of the Summer
Group of the Year
Song of the Summer
Jung Kook ft. Latto – Seven
Album of the Year
Taylor Swift – Midnights
Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran had a disappointing night, as not one Brit scooped an award.
There were also some pretty incredible outfits on the red carpet, with Doja Cat stealing the show in a white spider web dress.
Taylor opted for a classic black dress, as did fashion icon Rita Ora – although she added some seriously killer silver heels.
Selena Gomez glittered in a red dress, while Emily Ratajkowski looked sleek in sheer as ever in a wrap around green number, with a unique skirt that appeared to be patterned with synchronised swimmers.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj got all pink and bridal with a gorgeous mermaid dress and a dramatic veil, while Lil Nas X went for a similarly wedding-appropriate get up with a massive white, feathered headpiece and a lacey suit-dress, as he clutched onto a bible.
Sabrina Carpenter rocked a silver corset with a draping, white, sheer overdress, while Shakira looked super glamorous in a silver ball-gown with cut out sides and her hair curly, and natural. She also posed with her sweet sons – Sasha and Milan -on the red carpet, who looked super smart in matching black and gold tracksuits.
Other wild looks came from TV presenter Justina Valentine, who looked like an image straight out of Strictly Come Dancing with a sheer blue bodysuit, with fabulous feathered ends.
Rapper Yung Miami went for a dramatic bodysuit cut like a swimming costume, with a bird-like twist as it boasted a feathered texture and wing-like protruding arm design.
Demi Lovato looked like a leather-clad icon for the event, as she wore the biggest shoulder pads we’ve ever seen, with her dark hair slicked back.
Superstar Anitta went for a beige, sheer, tasseled number, with her auburn hair in natural waves, while Cry Me A River hitmaker Justin opted for a wintery blue cosy-looking suit, and a cream T-shirt and trouser combination.
Ice Spice wore a doll-like mini white dress clad in lace from neck to toe, with her red hair in a tight perm style, while Bebe Rexha channelled Mean Girls’ Regina George’s iconic boob cut-out top in a leather mini-dress – but did it on her bum cheeks instead.
Cardi B and Offset also locked lips on the red carpet, as the WAP singer rocked a silver dress seemingly decorated with hundreds (and hundreds) of hair clips.
It was a casual long white shirt for Lil Wayne, while Saweetie looked super edgy in a cave-person-inspired pink glittering gown, which saw a pink fake bone tied up next to her head.
Last but not least, Prince Derek Doll shone in a glittering purple dress cut from the fashion gods, with flared arms and sheer, feathered detail.
What a night.
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