The star-studded 2021 MTV “VMAs” took place on the 12 September, at the Barclays Center, hosted by Doja Cat who made her VMAs hosting debut. Wizkid, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo took home the biggest honours of the night while the likes of Camila Cabello, Chlöe, Jack Harlow, Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, Normani, The Kid Laroi, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo, Ozuna, Shawn Mendes, Tainy and Twenty One Pilots delivered showstopping performances. Be sure to catch the 2021 MTV “VMAs” repeating in primetime on Monday 13 September on MTV Base (DStv channel 322 and GOtv channel 72) at 16:05 WAT (pre-show) and 17:35 WAT (main show).
Wizkid took home a 2021 MTV Video Music Awards for “Brown Skin Girl” the 2019 collaboration with Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and SAINt JHN. Other big winners included Lil Nas X who won the night’s biggest award “Video of the Year” for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, Justin Bieber scored “Artist of the Year” while Olivia Rodrigo took home 3 Moonmen including “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist”.
Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager ViacomCBS Networks Africa commented “We are thrilled to see Wizkid making history by bringing home a VMA award. The 2021 MTV “VMAs” fostered great collaboration and excellence at the highest level. We are proud to see how African music is rising on the global stage .”
The show featured stellar performances from this year’s host Doja Cat, Lil Nas X performing a Medley of “Industry Baby” & “Montero”, Chlöe( of Chlöe x Halle”) with her debut performance of “Have Mercy” and a surprise performance by Normani of her single “Wild Side” amongst others.
Be sure to catch the 2021 MTV “VMAs” repeating in primetime on Monday 13 September on MTV Base (DStv channel 322 and GOtv channel 72) at 16:05 WAT (pre-show) and 17:35 WAT (main show).
Full List of winners of 2021 MTV “VMAs”
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
GROUP OF THE YEAR: BTS
SONG OF THE SUMMER: BTS – “Butter” – BIGHIT MUSIC Monsta X – “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment