The 35th Annual 2018 MTV Video Music Awards was held on August 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The award show aired live from Radio City for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history. Artist Cardi B led the list of nominations with twelve mentions and opened the show.
The MTV Video Music Awards, or VMAs, are known for show stopping performances and outrageous antics throughout the years, and this year did not disappoint. Host and fan favourite Cardi B opened the show appearing to be cradling her infant daughter Kulture, which turned out to be the famous Moon Man award wrapped in a blanket. Cardi also led the list of this years nominees with twelve mentions, resulting in awards for Best New Artist, Best Collaboration, and Song of the Summer with ‘I Like It’ featuring Latin artists Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
Rapper Nicki Minaj picked up the award for Best Hip Hop Album as well as performing a glittering compilation of songs from her winning album, ‘Chun-Li’. Artist Childish Gambino burst onto the scene this year with his controversial political anthem ‘This Is America’ and was nominated for seven awards. Gambino ended up taking home a Moon Man for Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Video with a Message. Late Swedish EDM superstar Avicii took home the award for Best Dance with his track ‘Lonely Together’, which also featured singer Rita Ora.
Although most of the evening was spent celebrating the year’s best music and rocking along to explosive performances, another artist was creating fireworks in a different way. Chosen to give the official tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, singer Madonna delivered what many hoped would be a heartfelt and respectful ode to one of the greatest singers of our time. However, many viewers quickly took to the internet to blast the singer for spending her stage time reciting a story about seemingly just one person; Madonna herself.
The true star of the night, however, was the one and only Jennifer Lopez. The 49 year old singer, actress, and mother of two was this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the first Latin artist to ever do so. Past winners of the Vanguard Award include Rihanna, Beyoncé, U2, Janet Jackson, and Kanye West, who famously declared his intention to run for president during his 2015 acceptance speech.
Lopez accepted her award gracefully with a heartfelt speech, thanking her family and fans for their support over her 20 year career. Jenny from the Block accepted her award after treating the audience to a stunning show on the main stage. This was Lopez’s first time performing on the award show since 2001, and she did not disappoint. Combining blinding choreography, moving sets, and a dazzling light show, Lopez performed a ten minute tribute to all her biggest hits. Joined on stage by rapper Ja Rule and DJ Khaled, Lopez brought down the house and proved why she was this years recipient of the coveted award.
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We’ll see you next year at the VMAs!