After nearly four hours of must-see performances, a surprise guest appearance, record-breaking award victories, and an epic celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, MTV’s greatest music event came to an end late on Tuesday night.
Shakira had a big night as she became the first South American performer to receive the renowned Video Vanguard Award, which honors an artist for their contributions to music videos and pop culture. In addition to winning big, Ice Spice was also voted Best New Artist. A record-breaking night for Taylor Swift saw her win nine accolades, including Album of the Year and Artist of the Year for “Midnights.” According to MTV, she is currently tied for second place in terms of the most victories in a single night.
What you missed at the 2023 VMAs:
- Everyone went wild for a surprise appearance by *NSYNC, who hadn’t been onstage together since they performed at the 2013 VMAs. The group is rumored to be creating new music for the third installment of the “Trolls” film franchise.
- Taylor Swift swept the VMAs, winning in nine categories, including video of the year and song of the year, for “Anti-Hero.” She now has the second most overall wins, according to MTV.
- Shakira became the first South American artist to win the coveted Video Vanguard Award. The crowd gave her a standing ovation after she performed a 10-minute medley of her biggest hits.
- Sean “Diddy” Combs took home the Global Icon Award after he performed some of his iconic songs. He was introduced by his friend and fellow artist Mary J. Blige, as well as one of his daughters, Chance.
- Grandmaster Flash, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and LL Cool J and other artists closed the show with an epic celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
Sean “Diddy” Combs performed some of his biggest songs and accepted the Global Icon Award in between the awards, and Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Doug E. Fresh closed out the show with a medley of hits to honor hip-hop. *NSYNC also made a surprise appearance during the ceremony.
The complete list of 2023 MTV VMA winners
Last night, a select group of artists received prized “moon person” statuettes. Here is the complete list, which also includes the non-televised champions.
- Video of the year: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”
- Artist of the year: Taylor Swift
- Song of the year: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”
- Best new artist: Ice Spice
- Push performance of the year: April 2023: Tomorrow X Together — “Sugar Rush Ride”
- Best collaboration: Karol G, Shakira — “TQG”
- Best pop: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”
- Best hip-hop: Nicki Minaj — “Super Freaky Girl”
- Best R&B: SZA — “Shirt”
- Best alternative: Lana Del Rey featuring Jon Batiste — “Candy Necklace”
- Best rock: Måneskin — “The Loneliset”
- Best latin: Anitta — “Funk Rave”
- Best K-Pop: Stray Kids — “S-Class”
- Best Afrobeats: Rema & Selena Gomez — “Calm Down”
- Video for good: Dove Cameron — “Breakfast”
- Best direction: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero.” Directed by Taylor Swift.
- Best cinematography: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero.” Cinematography by Rina Yang.
- Best visual effects: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero.” Visual effects by Parliament.
- Best choreography: Blackpink — “Pink Venom,” Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau.
- Best art direction: Doja Cat — “Attention.” Art direction by Spencer Graves.
- Best editing: Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire.” Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel.
- Show of the summer: Taylor Swift
- Group of the year: BLACKPINK
- Song of the summer: Jung Kook featuring Latto — “Seven”
- Album of the year: Taylor Swift— “Midnights”
The 9 VMAs categories are listed below. Taylor Swift triumphs
Taylor Swift ended up taking home awards in nine out of the 11 categories in which she was nominated for the MTV VMAs.
According to MTV, Swift now has the second-most victories overall and is tied for the most victories in a single night.
The categories that Swift won (some of which weren’t aired) are as follows:
- Video of the year (“Anti-Hero”)
- Artist of the year
- Song of the year (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best pop (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best direction (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best cinematography (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best visual effects (“Anti-Hero”)
- Show of the summer
- Album of the year (“Midnights”)
In Versace dress and Ariel Saidian, Anita Ko, and Maria Tash jewelry
In Oscar de la Renta dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.