MTV VMAs 2022: Winners announced at raucous ceremony of shock cameos and surprise announcements


Johnny Depp Appears as Moonman Astronaut on MTV VMAs 2022

The MTV VMAs took place on Sunday, August 28 during a live ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

This year’s event was hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow, with appearances from Eminem and Snoop Dogg, Lizzo, K-pop group Blackpink and Italian rock band Maneskin.

Taylor Swift has announced her brand new album, midnight, at the ceremony after making a surprise appearance.

Johnny Depp also made a (more controversial) appearance, with his head atop one of the Moon Person trophies.

In addition to winning Video of the Year, Swift was seen raving from her seat in the crowd rapping along with Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”

And while Harry Styles was nominated for a host of awards, he was unable to attend the ceremony due to a performance at one of his own concerts in New York.

Bad Bunny won the coveted Artist of the Year award shortly after driving fans crazy when he kissed one of his male backing dancers during his performance.

View the full list of winners here.

Follow the live blog below


MTV VMAs 2022 kicks off in Newark, New Jersey

Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s live blog for the 2022 MTV VMAs.

This year’s ceremony takes place tonight (Sunday, August 28) in Newark, New Jersey, with not one but three hosts to keep you entertained all evening: Jack Harlow, Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J.

The organizers have also booked a number of stars for live performances, including Lizzo, K-pop group BLACKPINK, Eminem and Snoop Dogg and Italian rock band Maneskin.

Harlow and Maneskin are somewhat controversial performances due to the fact that they have both left Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK to make it to the VMAs. I guess money (and primetime TV slots) talk…

Let’s take a look at this year’s nominees, shall we?


Best Dressed Predictions at the 2022 MTV VMAs

Okay, who’s going to wear what on the red carpet? I’ve seen a lot of predictions for “naked” dresses because Megan Fox wore one last year… personally I’m always excited to see what Lizzo shows up in, plus the Maneskin party (even if they’re in my bad books because they pulled out of a UK festival to attend), Rosalia, Bad Bunny (incredible style) and Billie Eilish. Nicki Minaj will probably wear at least three outrageous outfits.


Here’s the lifestyle team report on it That Megan Fox dress from last year


Jack Harlow and Maneskin leave Reading and Leeds festivals to perform at MTV VMAs

Reading and Leeds bosses were probably quite displeased when they learned that Italian rock band Maneskin and American rapper Jack Harlow were pulling out of the festivals at the last minute.

Both acts were lured away by the promise of a number of primetime TV spots at the 2022 MTV VMAs, with Harlow both acting as a co-host with fellow rappers Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J.

“We are saddened to hear that Jack Harlow and Måneskin have decided to perform at an awards show the same weekend they were confirmed to play Reading & Leeds,” festival organizers wrote in a statement on their Instagram Stories.

“We are working on some exciting replacements for Arctic Monkeys, Dave, Bring Me The Horizon, The 1975, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, D-Block Europe, PinkPantheress, Joy Crookes, Fontaines DC, Bastille, Willow, Wolf Alice, Glass Animals , Hybrid Minds and many others at Reading & Leeds Festivals this weekend of the Bank Holiday in August, watch this space!”

Check out critic Mark Beaumont’s account of the first day of the Reading Festival here, and his review of Day 2 at the Reading festival here.


Recalling Taylor Swift’s MTV VMA’s 2019 Red Carpet Look

Remember Taylor Swift’s 2019 Versace Look? Loved it (I’m such a Versace fan) – it was colorful, bold and had a perfect nod to classic power dressing.

Taylor Swift onstage at the VMAs with the stars of her music video ‘You Need to Calm Down’

(Getty Images for MTV)


Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow Together Host MTV VMAs 2022

This weekend’s MTV VMAs will have three hosts; rap stars LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow.

The trio will introduce and present Sunday’s (August 28) ceremony at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and will appear alongside the evening’s performers, including Eminem and Snoop Dogg in a unique appearance, as well as Lizzo, Anitta, BLACKPINK, J Calvin, Maneskin and Kane Brown.

A full list of artists can be found here.

Having multiple hosts is nothing new to the VMAs, which were first anchored by Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd in 1984. Other past hosts include Katy Perry, Arsenio Hall, Jack Black, Russell Brand, Chris Rock, and last year’s Doja Cat. .

Nominated three times, LL Cool J won Best Rap Video in 1991 for “Mama Said Knock You Out”, and received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1997.

Read more about this year’s co-hosts below:


What will we see from Eminem and Snoop Dogg?

It’s been 12 years since Eminem last performed at the VMAs and 17 years since Snoop Dogg’s last performance at the awards ceremony.

In February, the two joined forces with Dr. Dre, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar for a star-studded Super Bowl halftime show.

As reported by The Hollywood ReporterMTV has said the show will be a “first of its kind” performance of “From the D 2 The LBC”, inspired by the world of the Otherside metaverse.

Otherside – an American video game developer based in Boston – describes itself as “a gamified interoperable metaverse currently in development. The game combines mechanics of massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) and web3-enabled virtual worlds.

“Think of it as a meta-RPG where the players own the world, you can become NFT’s playable characters and thousands can play together in real time.”


How to watch the 2022 MTV VMAs

The MTV VMAs will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. This means that in the UK the ceremony will be broadcast on Monday 29th August at 1am.

Here’s how to tune in… (I’m in bed, dear ones, hand it over to my wonderful colleagues in the US for the main event).


Madonna proves the MTV VMAs have never been short of controversy

Earlier this month, Madonna reflected on how a wardrobe malfunction early in her career — at the first-ever MTV Awards in 1984 — led her manager to say her “career was over.”

The 63-year-old music icon said the moment happened when she performed her hit song “Like A Virgin”.

“I walked down this very steep staircase of a wedding cake, and I got to the bottom, and I started dancing around, and my white stiletto shoes fell off,” Madonna recalled during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

“And I tried to do a smooth movement, like a dip to the shoe and make it look like it was choreographed and my dressed turned up, and my butt was exposed. Can you imagine?

“Those were the days when you didn’t have to show your ass to have a career,” she joked. “Now it’s the opposite.”


The Best Dressed Stars at the 2022 MTV VMAs

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards is expected to be full of iconic fashion.

This year’s red carpet kicks off at 6:15 PM ET with a 90-minute MTV VMAs Pre-Show hosted by Nessa, Kevan Kenney and celebrity correspondent Tate McRae. The red carpet livestream can be seen on MTV’s YouTube channel.

The stars have already started arriving on the red carpet. Nominated for four awards tonight, Lizzo arrived at the Prudential Center in a Jean Paul Gaultier couture dress. Meanwhile, co-hosts Jack Harlow and LL Cool J wore matching black leather looks.

Meredith Clark has the best dressed stars of the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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