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What Went Down At The 2018 VMAs

What Went Down At The 2018 VMAs

Yesterday saw the 2018 MTV VMAs go down and it was, well, interesting. With a whole heap of drama that only comes when you chuck some celebs in a room together with a dash of liquor and a whole cup of competitiveness, shit is always gonna get weird. Let's recap.Β 

Madonna Being... Madonna

Goddamn Madonna is so fucking weird. Wearing a FUNERAL SHROUD, she went on stage to give Aretha Franklin a tribute. After briefly throwing the name around a bit, she proceeded to talk about herself for her entire monologue. I'm not kidding, she used this time to tell everyone about her life. Madonna, we KNOW your life. You're ANCIENT.Β Β 

β€œAretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life,” she said dramatically. β€˜I left Detroit when I was 18 with $35 in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer. After years of struggling and being broke, I decided to go to musical theatre. I heard the pay was better.” After recounting how she auditioned with a Franklin track, she continued:Β β€œNone of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today. And I know she influenced so many people in this house night. In this room tonight. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us." And then proceeded to continue talking about her own career from the MTV Awards in 1984 to the present day. It was a long night.Β Β 

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J Lo's Epic Performance

J Lo won the lifetime achievement award for good reason. Performing a slew of her tracks in a killer medley, the 49-year-old looked just 20 as she swept through her songs and choreography with ease. She won theΒ annual Video Vanguard award, which is awarded to artists with particularly impressive music video back catalogues.

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Kylie Jenner Was Bored AF

Always managing to make any event about her, Kylie was in attendance at the VMAs to support her partner Travis Scott, but ended up looking miserable throughout all performances, including Scott's. The pair were slammed after Travis was spotted looking tired and slumped in his seat for the awards. The duo went solo on the red carpet and arrived together, which has paved the way for fans to speculate there might be issues at home. Honestly though, Scott was probs just blazed tbh. Gotta respect it.

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott look like they were having a great time. Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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WINNERS 2018Β 

Video of the Year:

  • Ariana Grande – 'No Tears Left to Cry'
  • Bruno Mars – 'Finesse (Remix)' ft. Cardi B
  • Camila Cabello – 'Havana' ft. Young Thug
  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • Drake – 'God’s Plan'

Artist of the Year:

  • Ariana Grande
  • Bruno Mars
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Post Malone

Song of the Year:

  • Bruno Mars – 'Finesse (Remix)' ft. Cardi B
  • Camila Cabello – 'Havana' ft. Young Thug
  • Drake – 'God’s Plan'
  • Dua Lipa – 'New Rules'
  • Ed Sheeran – 'Perfect'
  • Post Malone – 'rockstar' ft. 21 Savage

Best New Artist:

  • Bazzi
  • Cardi B
  • Chloe x Halle
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Lil Pump
  • Lil Uzi Vert

Best Collaboration:

  • Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – 'Meant to Be'
  • Bruno Mars – 'Finesse (Remix)' ft. Cardi B
  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Jennifer Lopez – 'Dinero' Ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B
  • Logic – '1-800-273-8255' ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
  • N.E.R.D – 'Lemon' ft. Rihanna

Best Pop Video:

  • Ariana Grande – 'No Tears Left to Cry'
  • Camila Cabello – 'Havana' ft. Young Thug
  • Demi Lovato – 'Sorry Not Sorry'
  • Ed Sheeran – 'Perfect'
  • P!nk – 'What About Us'
  • Shawn Mendes – 'In My Blood'

Best Hip Hop Video:

  • Cardi B – 'Bartier Cardi' ft. 21 Savage
  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Drake – 'God’s Plan'
  • J. Cole – 'ATM'
  • Migos – 'Walk It Talk It' ft. Drake
  • Nicki Minaj – 'Chun-Li'

Best Dance Video:

  • Avicii – 'Lonely Together' ft. Rita Ora
  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – 'One Kiss'
  • The Chainsmokers – 'Everybody Hates Me'
  • David Guetta & Sia – 'Flames'
  • Marshmello – 'Silence' ft. Khalid
  • Zedd & Liam Payne – 'Get Low (Street Video)'

Best Latin Video:

  • Daddy Yankee – 'Dura'
  • J Balvin – 'Mi Gente' ft. Willy William
  • Jennifer Lopez – 'Dinero' ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B
  • Luis Fonsi – 'Γ‰chame La Culpa' ft. Demi Lovato
  • Maluma – 'Felices los 4'
  • Shakira – 'Chantaje' ft. Maluma

Best Rock Video:

  • Fall Out Boy – 'Champion'
  • Foo Fighters – 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood'
  • Imagine Dragons – 'Whatever It Takes'
  • Linkin Park – 'One More Light'
  • Panic! at the Disco – 'Say Amen (Saturday Night)'
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars – 'Walk On Water'

Video With a Message:

  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – 'Liberated'
  • Drake – 'God’s Plan'
  • Janelle MonΓ‘e – 'PYNK'
  • Jessie Reyez – 'Gatekeeper'
  • Logic – '1-800-273-8255' ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

Best Cinematography:

  • Alessia Cara – 'Growing Pains'
  • Ariana Grande – 'No Tears Left to Cry'
  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • Eminem – 'River' ft. Ed Sheeran
  • Shawn Mendes – 'In My Blood'

Best Direction:

  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • Drake – 'God’s Plan'
  • Ed Sheeran – 'Perfect'
  • Justin Timberlake – 'Say Something' ft. Chris Stapleton
  • Shawn Mendes – 'In My Blood'

Best Art Direction:

  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • J. Cole – 'ATM'
  • Janelle MonΓ‘e – 'Make Me Feel'
  • SZA – 'The Weekend'
  • Taylor Swift – 'Look What You Made Me Do'

Best Visual Effects:

  • Ariana Grande – 'No Tears Left to Cry'
  • Avicii ft. Rita Ora – 'Lonely Together'
  • Eminem – 'Walk On Water' ft. BeyoncΓ©
  • Kendrick Lamar & SZA – 'All The Stars'
  • Maroon 5 – 'Wait'
  • Taylor Swift – 'Look What You Made Me Do'

Best Choreography:

  • Bruno Mars – 'Finesse (Remix)' ft. Cardi B
  • Camila Cabello – 'Havana 'ft. Young Thug
  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • Dua Lipa – 'IDGAF'
  • Justin Timberlake – 'Filthy'

Best Editing:

  • Bruno Mars – 'Finesse (Remix)' ft. Cardi B
  • The Carters – 'APES**T'
  • Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'
  • Janelle MonΓ‘e – 'Make Me Feel'
  • N.E.R.D – 'Lemon' ft. Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift – 'Look What You Made Me Do'

Push Artist of the Year:

July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
June 2018 – Sigrid
May 2018 – Lil Xan
April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
November 2017 – Why Don’t We
October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
September 2017 – SZA
August 2017 – Kacy Hill
July 2017 – Khalid
June 2017 – Kyle
May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

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