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The best and worst moments of the 2022 MTV VMAs: From Taylor Swift’s surprise to Johnny Depp’s confusing cameo



	
		

	
		

	
		

	
		The best and worst moments of the 2022 MTV VMAs: From Taylor Swift's surprise to Johnny Depp's confusing cameo

That brought the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards to a close. Sunday night’s show kicked off with a bang as co-host Jack Harlow wowed the crowd with Fergie as the night’s headliner, and it ended with a new album announced by Taylor Swift on the way. .

The night offered many memorable moments, such as Lizzo’s acceptance speech, which included the most memorable line: “Bitch, I’m going to win!” The audience also had Cheech and Chong laughing as they struggled to read the teleprompters as they introduced the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recipients of the World Icon Award. Anitta, who gave a sultry performance of “Wrap,” teased the crowd, yelling “VMAs! Did you think I wasn’t going to move my ass tonight?”

The metaverse was a recurring theme in this year’s show, with many references to new technology on and off the main stage. Eminem and Snoop Dogg delivered a hybrid performance in person and “on the other side” of their collaboration “From the D 2 The LBC” as Bored Apes. And while most of the performances were filmed at the Prudence Center in New Jersey, Bad Bunny made history by performing “Titi Me Pregunto” from Yankee Stadium in New York, where he accepted the artist of the year award.

Harry Styles was just a few miles from the VMAs, performing at one of his many shows at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he was able to make a virtual appearance at his album of the year acceptance speech for “Harry’s House.”

The most memorable moments at the VMAs came from veteran performers, and the forgettable moments were inexplicable given the size and scope of the MTV stage. Read on for the five best and three worst moments from the 2022 VMAs.

THE BEST

surprisingly fast

Taylor Swift’s surprise was one of the most important moments of the gala when she announced a new album that will be released on October 21. The revelation came as she accepted the video of the year award, which she won for “All Too Well (10-Minute Version)”.

“Guys, I’m so proud of what we’ve done, and now every second of this moment we wouldn’t be able to make this short if it wasn’t for you, the fans,” she said, to her crew and the star “All Too” Well” Dylan O’Brien standing behind her. ‘Cause I couldn’t record my album again [‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, que incluía la canción ganadora] if it wasn’t for you. And I had already made up my mind, if you would be so generous as to give us this, I thought it would be a fun time to tell you that my new album will be out on October 21st. And I’ll tell you more at midnight.”

Fergie returns to first class

As one of three emcees for the night, Harlow had a lot to show for it, but she certainly brought the heat when she surprised the crowd with Fergie for the opening performance of the night. The singer, who hasn’t performed in public for years, appeared on stage dressed in a glittering suit with the “First Class” logo and sang “Glamorous” alongside Harlow.

The rapper opened the performance of “Glamourous” – a sample of “First Class” – from a set of planes, dressed as an airline steward, strutting alongside Avril Lavigne, Becky G, Lil Nas X, Jimmy Fallon and others before quickly disappearing fits up. for a shiny black ensemble and a red carpet backdrop. He quickly joined Fergie on stage and the two finished singing “Glamorous.” When the track won Harlow the Song of the Summer award, she thanked Fergie for allowing the sample and called it one of the “biggest and most important songs of my youth in 2007 – it influenced my whole style , so I am “First Class”. .”

Monster Medley Nicki Online Game

The VMAs stage turned pink this year for a medley from Video Vanguard Award winner and VMAs co-host Nicki Minaj. The rapper gave a theatrical performance of “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge,” and a short performance of “Monster.” The performance ended with some R-rated choreography for her latest single “Super Freaky Girl,” which the Barbs sang in the front row, sometimes louder than Minaj herself.

Chaps with Singer Måneskin

It wasn’t the first time masa appeared on stage at the VMAs (see Christina Aguilera’s performance of “Dirty” in 2002), but Måneskin singer David Damiano brought back some of MTV’s historic moments from days gone by. – in memory of Bowie, Madonna and David Lee Roth- and perhaps the cameras were precipitated to move away for a moment. Italian rock revivalists have always put on a show, and some certainly show up in leather boots with the button halfway through. Side note: Victoria De Angelis wasn’t shown much during the broadcast, so there she is.

The evil rabbit rules the world

Bad Bunny made history at the VMAs twice. First of all, he performed his song “Tití Me Preguntó”, nominated for the best Latin song, live from Yankee Stadium – which was the first MTV remote transmission from the emblematic place – and it should be noted that the t artist he kissed one. for his dancers during the performance. And secondly, Bad Bunny is the first non-English speaking artist to win Moon Person artist of the year. Moments after performing, the Puerto Rican superstar gave a short speech of thanks to MTV and told his audience what it meant to be named “Bad Bunny alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X and Lizzo.

Worst

lip sync

Live awards shows are difficult and there’s no denying the amount of work that goes into making them work – download button abuse aside – but it seems at this year’s awards, the most glaring mistake was the obvious lip sync . Repeat offenders include artists like Blackpink, Anitta and Flo Milli, who have garnered attention for their incredible dance routines but have left little room for actual singing.

Johnny Depp is falling

Add this to the list of things we didn’t need to see at this year’s MTV VMAs. Depp looked suspiciously like Moon Person, coming in for some jokes when the awards show came back from commercial breaks. Although Depp was not at the VMAs in his physical form, his face was digitally visible on a Lunar Man helmet floating above the stage. “And you know what? I wanted the job,” Depp said during the start of the show. “Hey VMAs, let’s get back to the fucking music, shall we?” he said otherwise, even though his f-bomb was muted for broadcast. And in a short post on a InstagramDepp said, “I want you to know that I am available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, whatever you need.”

Scribe F-Bomb Parade

On a night when the beep button worked overtime, it didn’t help that some speech was unintelligible. Case in point: The Chilli Peppers’ Flea, who took home the best rock award for their 2022 song “Black Summer,” so many names, themes and ideas that it seemed like they’d pulled off the designated dump team. For the record, here are the parts we were able to understand:

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