2021 VMAs’ Big Winners, Performances, and Hot Looks

Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Megan Fox, Madonna, Busta Rhymes, and more celebrate in NYC

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

September 13, 2021

Doja Cat hosted the 2021 MTV VMAs last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Madonna surprised everyone when she opened the show introducing Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi's performance and wishing MTV a happy 40th birthday.

Other performances included Busta Rhymes, Normani, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys + Swae Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Twenty One Pilots, Chlöe, Ozuna, Lil Nas X + Jack Harlow, Machine Gun Kelly + Travis Barker, Shawn Mendes + Tainy, and Olivia Rodrigo.

Lil Nas X won Video of the Year for his controversial music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Justin Bieber snagged Artist of the Year and Best Pop for “Peaches,” and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo won Best New Artist and Song of the Year for her summer smash “Drivers License.”

See the full list of winners below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records


ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Justin Bieber – Def Jam


SONG OF THE YEAR: Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License” – Geffen Records


BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook: Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records


PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License” – Geffen Records


BEST COLLABORATION: Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More” – Kemosabe Records / RCA Records


BEST POP: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Def Jam


BEST HIP-HOP: Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise” – Cactus Jack / Epic Records


BEST ROCK: John Mayer – “Last Train Home” – Columbia Records


BEST ALTERNATIVE: Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear – “My Ex’s Best Friend” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records


BEST LATIN: Billie Eilish & Rosalía – “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Darkroom / Interscope Records


BEST R&B: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment / Atlantic Records


BEST K-POP: BTS – “Butter” – Bighit Music Monsta X – “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment


VIDEO FOR GOOD: Billie Eilish – “Your Power” – Darkroom / Interscope Records


BEST DIRECTION: Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “Brown Skin Girl” – Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant


BEST ART DIRECTION: Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend” – Warner Records – Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Visual Effects by: Mathematic


BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Columbia Records – Choreography by: Paul Roberts


BEST EDITING: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet




SONG OF THE SUMMER: BTS – “Butter” – Bighit Music Monsta X – “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment



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