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2022 VMA’s Winner List Featuring Nicki Minaj Honorary Vanguard Awards

By Chinelo Eze
29 August 2022   |   11:37 am
The highly anticipated 2022 MTV Video Music Awards took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J, two iconic rappers and actors, served as hosts. The Best Artist Award was won by Bad Bunny, who created history. Attendees and spectators alike were treated to legendary performances by Lizzo,…

Nicki Minaj receiving honorary vanguard awards

The highly anticipated 2022 MTV Video Music Awards took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J, two iconic rappers and actors, served as hosts.

The Best Artist Award was won by Bad Bunny, who created history.

Attendees and spectators alike were treated to legendary performances by Lizzo, J Balvin, Marshmello, Anitta, and Panic! at the Disco! Snoop Dogg and Eminem stunned audiences with a metaverse rendition of their nominated song “From The D 2 the LBC” while performing at the Disco alongside Kane Brown, Maneskin, and Jack Harlow.

Nicki Minaj delivered an emotional speech. Following a performance of a medley of several of her most well-known tracks, from “Super Bass” through “Super Freaky Girl,” Nikki Minaj was given the Video Vanguard award. She expressed her regret that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were unable to join her in New Jersey to celebrate after receiving the award in her address, saying, “I wish people took mental health seriously, even for those who seem to have perfect lives.”

GLOBAL ICON AWARD
Honoree: Red Hot Chili Peppers

VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
Honoree: Nicki Minaj

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Doja Cat – “Woman”

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Olivia Rodrigo – “Brutal”

WINNER: Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Bad Bunny

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles

Jack Harlow

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

SONG OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Easy on Me”

WINNER: Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”

Doja Cat – “Woman”

Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”

BEST NEW ARTIST
Baby Keem

WINNER: Dove Cameron

Gayle

Latto

Måneskin

Seventeen

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
September 2021: Griff – “One Night”

October 2021: Remi Wolf – “Sexy Villain”

November 2021: Nessa Barrett – “i hope ur miserable until ur dead”

WINNER: December 2021: Seventeen – “Rock With You”

January 2021: Mae Muller – “Better Days”

February 2022: Gayle – “abcdefu”

March 2022: Sheneesa – “R U That”

April 2022: Omar Apollo – “Tamagotchi”

May 2022: Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue”

June 2022: Muni Long – “Baby Boo”

July 2022: Doechii – “Persuasive”

BEST COLLABORATION
Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

Elton John & Dua Lipa – “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”

WINNER: Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”

Post Malone & The Weeknd – “One Right Now”

Rosalía ft. The Weeknd – “La Fama”

The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”

BEST POP
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”

Doja Cat – “Woman”

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”

WINNER: Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Olivia Rodrigo – “Traitor”

BEST HIP-HOP
Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From the D 2 the LBC”

Future ft. Drake, Tems – “Wait for U”

Kendrick Lamar – “N95”

Latto – “Big Energy”

WINNER: Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have a Problem?”

Pusha T – “Diet Coke”

BEST ROCK
Foo Fighters – “Love Dies Young”

Jack White – “Taking Me Back”

Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”

WINNER: Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”

Shinedown – “Planet Zero”

Three Days Grace – “So Called Life”

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Avril Lavigne ft. Blackbear – “Love It When You Hate Me”

Imagine Dragons x JID – “Enemy”

Machine Gun Kelly ft. Willow – “emo girl”

WINNER: Måneskin – “I Wanna Be Your Slave”

Panic! at the Disco – “Viva Las Vengeance”

Twenty One Pilots – “Saturday”

Willow, Avril Lavigne ft. Travis Barker – “Grow”

BEST LATIN
WINNER: Anitta – “Envolver”

Bad Bunny – “Tití Me Preguntó”

Becky G x Karol G – “Mamiii”

Daddy Yankee – “Remix”

Farruko – “Pepas”

J Balvin & Skrillex – “In Da Getto”

BEST R&B
Alicia Keys – “City of Gods (Part II)”

Chlöe – “Have Mercy”

H.E.R. – “For Anyone”

Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Summer Walker, SZA & Cardi B – “No Love (extended version)”

WINNER: The Weeknd – “Out of Time”

BEST K-POP
BTS – “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”

Itzy – “Loco”

WINNER: Lisa – “Lalisa”

Seventeen – “Hot”

Stray Kids – “Maniac”

Twice – “The Feels”

VIDEO FOR GOOD
Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

Latto – “P*ssy”

WINNER: Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Rina Sawayama – “This Hell”

Stromae – “Fils de joie”

BEST METAVERSE PERFORMANCE
WINNER: Blackpink The Virtual | PUBG

BTS | Minecraft/YouTube

Charli XCX | Roblox

Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience | Wave

Rift Tour ft. Ariana Grande | Fortnite

Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience | Roblox

BEST LONGFORM VIDEO
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

Foo Fighters – Studio 666

Kacey Musgraves – Star-Crossed

Madonna – Madame X

Olivia Rodrigo – Driving Home 2 U

WINNER: Taylor Swift – All Too Well (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”

Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam”

WINNER: Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Kendrick Lamar – “N95”

Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

BEST DIRECTION
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”

Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”

Ed Sheeran – “Shivers”

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

WINNER: Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele – “Oh My God”

Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”

Drake ft. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

Kacey Musgraves – “Simple Times”

WINNER: Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”

Coldplay x BTS – “My Universe”

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

WINNER: Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”

The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BTS – “Permission to Dance”

WINNER: Doja Cat – “Woman”

FKA Twigs ft. The Weeknd – “Tears in the Club”

Harry Styles – “As It Was”

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”

Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

BEST EDITING
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”

Doja Cat – “Get Into It (Yuh)”

Olivia Rodrigo – “Brutal”

WINNER: Rosalía – “Saoko”

Taylor Swift – “All Too Well” (10-minute version) (Taylor’s version)

The Weeknd – “Take My Breath”

SOCIAL CATEGORIES
GROUP OF THE YEAR
Blackpink

WINNER: BTS

City Girls

Foo Fighters

Imagine Dragons

Måneskin

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Silk Sonic

SONG OF THE SUMMER
Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone – “Me Porto Bonito”

Beyoncé – “Break My Soul”

Charlie Puth – “Left and Right (feat. Jung Kook of BTS)”

Doja Cat – “Vegas (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Elvis)”

Future ft. Drake, Tems – “Wait for U”

Harry Styles – “Late Night Talking”

WINNER: Jack Harlow – “First Class”

Kane Brown – “Grand”

Latto x Mariah Carey – “Big Energy (Remix) ft. DJ Khaled”

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Marshmello x Khalid – “Numb”

Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”

Nicky Youre & Dazy – “Sunroof”

Post Malone with Doja Cat – “I Like You (a Happier Song)”

ROSALÍA – “BIZCOCHITO”

Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Adele – 30

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever