Five biggest wins at MTV's Video Music Awards
Taylor Swift won big for "You Need to Calm Down" at the 2019 VMAs and Miley Cyrus performed for the first time since her split with Liam Hemsworth. USA TODAY
The 36th annual MTV Video Music Awards became the talk of the night via Twitter. The 2019 award ceremony took place Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Hosted by American stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, the night celebrated the best in the music video medium. Check out the five biggest winners from Monday's show.
Lil Nas X – Song of the Year
Lil Nas X has had one great year! By infusing the sounds of hip-hop and country, the 20-year-old has moved up to super stardom status with his "Old Town Road (Remix)" featuring the legendary Billy Ray Cyrus. The record sat at the No.1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 19 consecutive weeks, and won Song of the Year, beating Drake's "In My Feelings," Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next," Jonas Brothers' "Sucker," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow," and Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down." The rapper was nominated for nine awards in total. "This is my first award ever," the MC said while taking the stage alongside Cyrus. He also thanked the country star. "I want to say thank you to this man for taking my career to the next level."
Taylor Swift – Video of the Year
Taylor Swift is sitting on cloud nine. The pop/country star just released her seventh studio album, "Lover," on Friday and took home the award for Video of the Year for her music video "You Need to Calm Down" on Monday. Tell that to the Swifties. The "ME!" singer had the crowd cheering for her as she took the stage for her speech. She thanked the cast of the video and called on the White House to respond to her Equality Act petition. "It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House," the 29-year-old said. "In this video, several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we're all treated equally under the law," she added. The petition advocates or equal rights for all under the law, including LGBTQ. Swift, also took the stage as the show's opening performance for "You Need to Calm Down," and live debuted "Lover."
Cardi B – Best Hip Hop Video
"Okurrrrrrrrrrrrrr!" Cardi B, aka the Trap Selena, is on winning streak that just won't let up. Consistent radio hits, guest appearances on talk shows, live performances and everything under the sun, Cardi B is a true tale of "started from the bottom, now we're here." Monday Last night, Cardi B took home the award for Best Hip Hop Video for her hit record "Money." Cardi B walked on stage, strutting her stuff in a form-fitting red gown that showcased her cleavage and neckline. The former "Love and Hip Hop: New York" reality star thanked her glam team, makeup artist Erika La Pearl and hairstylist Tokyo Stylez, for getting her ready for Monday night's festivities. The Bronx native also thanked Jesus and her music video director Jora Frantzis in her acceptance speech. "Since this is the Video Music Awards and everything, I really want to thank my music video team — first Jora Frantzis — that's the director. She gotta hear outta my mouth, 'I look ugly. Edit my stomach, edit my butt. Smooth my cellulite out,'" the singer said. "And I wanna thank my glam team, Erika, Tokyo. Thank y'all so much. Without y'all, my music videos wouldn't look like this. Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus!" she added.
Jonas Brothers – Best Pop
The Jonas Brothers are back at it again and took home a trophy for Best Pop. Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas walked away with the big win for their comeback single "Sucker." The group, who took a six-year-hiatus, also took the stage that night in their hometown, performing "Sucker" and "Only Human." Surprisingly, this is the group's first VMA win and was given by "The Sopranos" cast. During their acceptance speech, Joe Jonas thanked their fans for supporting the group. "Thank you so much," he said. "This award is dedicated to all the fans that believed in us. When we didn't believe in ourselves as a band and brothers, you guys stuck with us through the thick and thin." "To get this award from the Sopranos is a Jersey dream," he added.
Missy Elliot – Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Long overdue, the moment has finally come! One of the queens of hip-hop, Missy Elliott, accepted Michael Jackson's Video Vanguard Award and rightfully so. The award acknowledges music performers' accomplishments in music and film and is extra special because the prize is gold-plated rather than the regular silver-plated Moonman trophy. Knowing the creativity, versatility and unique sounds that Elliott has brought to the music game, the 48-year-old deserved such recognition.
Introduced by Cardi B, Elliott spoke on how much the award meant to her. "This Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award means so much to me," the Virginia native said. "I have worked diligently for over two decades. And I never thought that I would be standing up here receiving this award. So it means so much to me. I promise you it doesn't go unnoticed that the support and love that y'all shown me over the years." Elliott also remembered fallen angel and passed collaborator singer Aaliyah, who died in an airplane crash Aug.25, 2001. "Aaliyah, I love you. We miss you," she exclaimed.
Lastly, Elliott showed love to the dance community, who are a vital addition to a musician's art. "When y'all get on stage with these artists, y'all are not just props," she opined. "Y'all are the icing on the cake. Y'all are the beat to the heart." In addition to receiving the award, Elliott took the stage that night performing a medley of hits including "Get Ur Freak On," "Lose Control," "Work It," bringing back childhood dancer Alyson Stoner, and more.