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Recap: 2018 MTV VMAS

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Annually, the VMAs act as a wild roller-coaster of shock and glee in the world of musical entertainment. The 2018 VMAs, this year going host-less, was no exception to this rule.

With appearances from Aerosmith, the Backstreet Boys, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Hayley Kiyoko, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Travis Scott, Logic and Ryan Tedder, Post Malone and Madonna with an inspirational tribute to Aretha Franklin, the event was no shortcoming.

This year was a huge step for the Latin music world at the VMAs awarding Jennifer Lopez with Video Vanguard and the very first Latin performance at the show with Maluma performing Felices los 4.

Find all this year’s winners and nominees below.

 

Video of the Year:

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) ft. Cardi B

WINNER: Camila Cabello – Havana ft. Young Thug

The Carters – APES**T

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Drake – God’s Plan

 

Artist of the Year:

Ariana Grande

Bruno Mars

WINNER: Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Drake

Post Malone

 

Song of the Year:

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) ft. Cardi B

Camila Cabello – Havana ft. Young Thug

Drake – God’s Plan

Dua Lipa – New Rules

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

WINNER: Post Malone – rockstar ft. 21 Savage

 

Best New Artist:

Bazzi

WINNER: Cardi B

Chloe x Halle

Hayley Kiyoko

Lil Pump

Lil Uzi Vert

 

Best Collaboration:

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) ft. Cardi B

The Carters – APES**T

WINNER: Jennifer Lopez – Dinero ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B

Logic – 1-800-273-8255 ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

N.E.R.D – Lemon ft. Rihanna

 

Best Pop Video:

WINNER: Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry

Camila Cabello – Havana ft. Young Thug

Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

P!nk – What About Us

Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

 

Best Hip Hop Video:

Cardi B – Bartier Cardi ft. 21 Savage

The Carters – APES**T

Drake – God’s Plan

Cole – ATM

Migos – Walk It Talk It ft. Drake

WINNER: Nicki Minaj – Chun-Li

 

Best Dance Video:

WINNER: Avicii – Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss

The Chainsmokers – Everybody Hates Me

David Guetta & Sia – Flames

Marshmello – Silence ft. Khalid

Zedd & Liam Payne – Get Low (Street Video)

 

Best Latin Video:

Daddy Yankee – Dura

WINNER: J Balvin – Mi Gente ft. Willy William

Jennifer Lopez – Dinero ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B

Luis Fonsi – Échame La Culpa ft. Demi Lovato

Maluma – Felices los 4

Shakira – Chantaje ft. Maluma

 

Best Rock Video:

Fall Out Boy – Champion

Foo Fighters – The Sky Is A Neighborhood

WINNER: Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes

Linkin Park – One More Light

Panic! at the Disco – Say Amen (Saturday Night)

Thirty Seconds to Mars – Walk On Water

 

Video With a Message:

WINNER: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – Liberated

Drake – God’s Plan

Janelle Monáe – PYNK

Jessie Reyez – Gatekeeper

Logic – 1-800-273-8255 ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid

 

Best Cinematography:

Alessia Cara – Growing Pains

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry

WINNER: The Carters – APES**T

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Eminem – River ft. Ed Sheeran

Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

 

Best Direction:

The Carters – APES**T

WINNER: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Drake – God’s Plan

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Justin Timberlake – Say Something ft. Chris Stapleton

Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

 

Best Art Direction:

WINNER: The Carters – APES**T

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Cole – ATM

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

SZA – The Weekend

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

 

Best Visual Effects:

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry

Avicii ft. Rita Ora – Lonely Together

Eminem – Walk On Water ft. Beyoncé

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars

Maroon 5 – Wait

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

 

Best Choreography:

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) ft. Cardi B

Camila Cabello – Havana ft. Young Thug

The Carters – APES**T

WINNER: Childish Gambino – This Is America

Dua Lipa – IDGAF

Justin Timberlake – Filthy

 

Best Editing:

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) ft. Cardi B

The Carters – APES**T

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel

WINNER: N.E.R.D – Lemon ft. Rihanna

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

 

Push Artist of the Year:

July 2018 – Chloe x Halle

June 2018 – Sigrid

May 2018 – Lil Xan

WINNER: April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko

March 2018 – Jessie Reyez

February 2018 – Tee Grizzley

January 2018 – Bishop Briggs

December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal

November 2017 – Why Don’t We

October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH

September 2017 – SZA

August 2017 – Kacy Hill

July 2017 – Khalid

June 2017 – Kyle

May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

 

Song of Summer:

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss

WINNER: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper & Quavo – No Brainer

Drake – In My Feelings

Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – Girls Like You

Post Malone – Better Now

 

About the Writer
JORDAN DEL VALLE TONOIAN, ONLINE EDITOR

I am a Junior, this is my first year in Eye of the Tiger but my second in the Journalism program itself. I usually spend my spare time fiddling with the EOT website or editing video in Premiere Pro. I eventually want to study to become a city planner at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo. My favorite artists are Ariana Grande and Troye Sivan.

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