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Taylor Swift at this year’s MTV's annual Video Music Awards. Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Photo/picture alliance
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Highlights of the MTV Music Awards

Taylor Swift won the top prize, video of the year, while Bad Bunny was named artist of the year. Lizzo and Lil Nas X ruled the red carpet. Johnny Depp surprised with strange cameos.
Deutsche Welle | Aug 30 2022
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift wins top prize

Taylor Swift won the top honor at MTV's annual Video Music Awards, music video of the year, with her 10-minute film for "All Too Well," a 2012 song she re-recorded to regain her rights following a dispute with her label. She also thrilled fans by announcing that her next album, "Midnights," will be released on October 21.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny scores artist of the year

The Latin trap and reggaeton artist always believed he could become a top star "without changing my culture, my language," he said, accepting his MTV award via video. "I'm Benito Antonio Martinez from Puerto Rico — for the whole world." From New York's Yankee Stadium, a sold-out gig as part of his blockbuster tour, Bad Bunny also performed for the awards show his smash hit, "Titi Me Pregunto."

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are global icons

Introduced by cult stoner comedians Cheech and Chong, veteran rock stars Red Hot Chili Peppers were honored with the global icon award. The Peppers dedicated their honor to the late Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer who died in March at the age of 50. The Red Hot Chili Peppers also won the best rock video award.

Blankpink

Blackpink's Lisa wins best K-pop 

Becoming the first female K-pop group to ever perform at the awards show, Blackpink's Jisoo, Lisa, Rose and Jennie offered a high-energy version their latest single, "Pink Venom." They also won two VMAs, best metaverse performance and best K-pop for Lisa's "Lalisa," pictured here.

Lizzo

Lizzo wins Video for Good award

The superstar arrived wearing an eye-catching Jean Paul Gaultier gown. Lizzo took home the Video for Good award, which honors videos with social or political messages, for her song "About Damn Time," which she performed on stage at MTV VMAs 2022, along with "2 Be Loved."

Lil Nas

Lil Nas X rules on the red carpet

Known for his gender-fluid style, rapper Lil Nas X conquered the red carpet with a bold, sculptural outfit, created by fashion designer Harris Reed. Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow won the best collaboration prize for "Industry Baby." The video also picked up other awards, such as best art direction and best visual effects.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj crowned with Video Vanguard award 

On stage, the hip hop superstar offered a medley of her hits, including "Super Bass" and her new single, "Super Freaky Girl." Nicki Minaj was also honored with the prestigious Video Vanguard award, which recognizes artists' outstanding contributions and strong impact on music video and popular culture.

Anitta

Anitta makes history

Anitta offered a twerking performance of her global hit "Envolver," before becoming the first Brazilian to win the award for best Latin video. "Tonight I performed here a rhythm that in my country for many years was considered a crime," she said upon accepting the trophy. "I was born and raised in the ghetto of Brazil, and for whoever was born there, we would never think this was possible."

Maneskin
Maneskin

Maneskin musicians bare flesh

The Italian glam-rock band won best alternative video with their single "Supermodel." During their performance, lead singer Damiano David set the tone with his booty-baring "assless chaps." Later, bassist Victoria De Angelis' top fell down and exposed her breasts, but cameras cut away to empty seats during the TV broadcast, leading fans to criticize the double standards between genders.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp offers strange cameos

In between commercial breaks, Johnny Depp made a series of surprise appearances at the ceremony, offering one-liners with his face digitally added to the helmet of the channel's mascot, the Moon Person, floating above the stage. "I needed the work," he said in his opening quip. The star's status is still controversial following his defamation trial (photo) against ex-wife Amber Heard.