MTV’s Video Music Awards never disappoint when it comes to the pre-show and performances. From the crazy outfits to unexpected snubs, here’s a recap of the best moments of the night. 


Lil Nas X had a viral red-carpet moment after pulling up to the award show in a lilac Atelier Versace pantsuit/gown. When being interviewed by broadcast journalist and TV host, Jamila Mustafa he asked her, “Do you think I look good?” She responded, “Listen, I’m not gonna say I’m hatin’ on the ‘fit, but let’s move on, ok.” And I oop! Watch the viral clip below.

Even though Chole Bailey is now a solo artist, she pulled up with her right-hand sista, Halle Bailey.

Chloe x Halle at the MTV VMAs 2021 | The Culture


Lastly, Nick Cannon brought us a good laugh when he jokingly proposed to Ashanti on the red carpet. You already know this had Black Twitter in shambles while they carried on with Nick Cannon kid jokes

Ashanti Reacts To Nick Cannon 'Risking It All' For Her At The VMAs | Hot97


Normani gave us a taste of the “Wild Side” with a showstopping performance that featured Teyanna Taylor. Normani then proceeded to climb the bondage board and gave us all she had on the stage. Her performance is reportedly a tribute to Janet Jackson’s 2002 Live in Hawaii performance of “Would You Mind.”

Justin Bieber took the VMA stage for the first time in six years with superstar Kid Laroi. The two performed their hit single “Stay.” Meanwhile, Chloe Bailey gave us life with her debut solo performance, leaving the anticipation high for her new single, “Have Mercy.” In addition, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow teamed up to perform their new hit, “Industry Baby.” 


And for the finale, Lil Nas X racked up the most awards, including Video of the Year, Best Direction, and Best Visual Effects, for his single “Montero (Call Me by Your Name).” Notably, BTS, along with Doja Cat and Saweetie, took home multiple awards for their projects. 

Check out the complete list of winners below:

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 Choreography — Harry Styles for “Treat People With Kindness” 

Best Breakthrough Song — Claire Rosinkranz for “Backyard Boy”

Best Comeback Song — Aly & AJ for “Potential Breakup Song”

Best Artist x Creator Collab — Mustard Watermelon by @Lizzo x @yayayayummy

Best Audio Mashup — “Shaxicula” (“Toxic” x “Love Shack” x “Dragula”) by Britney Spears, The B-52’s, Rob Zombie with @djcummerbund

Best Viral Dance — “Twerkulator” by City Girls and @layzchipz

Best Art Direction — Saweetie ft. Doja Cat: “Best Friend,” Alec Contestabile

Best Visual Effects — Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”, Mathematic

Best Editing — Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open,” Troy Charbonnet

Best Rock — John Mayer, “Last Train Home”

Best Latin — Billie Eilish & Rosalía, “Lo Vas A Olvidar”