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Updated on: Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:33 AM IST

MTV VMAs 2021: From Justin Bieber to Olivia Rodrigo - complete list of winners

The event took place on September 12, returning to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York after last year’s socially distanced event
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The MTV Video Music Awards 2021 took place on September 12, returning to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York after last year’s socially distanced event.

Justin Bieber led the nominations with six, including the top prize — video of the year — for starring in the video for DJ Khaled’s 'POPSTAR' ft. Drake. Also nominated for video of the year was Megan Thee Stallion for her feature on Cardi B’s 'WAP.' Megan followed Bieber with six nominations.

Olivia Rodrigo won the night’s first award, Push Performance of the Year, presented to her on the red carpet.

Marking its 40th anniversary, MTV kicked off its marquee event with none other than the Queen of Pop herself. Madonna, who performed "Like A Virgin" at the first VMAs in 1984, made a surprise appearance.

According to USA Today, The slate of performances kept the energy high throughout the night, with Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo.

Speaking of Lil Nas X, he took home the night’s biggest award – video of the year – for his boundary-pushing 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name).'

Complete list of 2021 VMA nominees and winners:

Video of the year

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “POPSTAR” (Starring Justin Bieber)

Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”

Winner: Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”

Artist of the year

Winner: Justin Bieber

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Megan Thee Stallion

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Song of the year

Winner: Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood”

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”

BTS – “Dynamite”

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Dua Lipa – “Levitating”

Best new artist

24kGoldn

Giveon

The Kid LAROI

Winner: Olivia Rodrigo

Polo G

Saweetie

Push performance of the year

September 2020: Wallows – "Are You Bored Yet?"

October 2020: Ashnikko – "Daisy"

November 2020: SAINt JHN – "Gorgeous"

December 2020: 24kGoldn – "Coco"

January 2021: JC Stewart – "Break My Heart"

February 2021: Latto – "Sex Lies"

March 2021: Madison Beer – "Selfish"

April 2021: The Kid LAROI – "WITHOUT YOU"

Winner: May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – "drivers license"

June 2021: girl in red "Serotonin"

July 2021: Fousheé – "my slime"

August 2021: jxdn – “Think About Me”

Best collaboration

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – “Mood”

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Winner: Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner”

Best pop

Winner: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”

riana Grande – “positions”

Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am”

BTS – “Butter”

Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness”

Olivia Rodrigo – “good 4 u”

Shawn Mendes – “Wonder”

Taylor Swift – “willow”

Best hip-hop

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”

Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “On Me (remix)”

Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum”

Polo G – “RAPSTAR”

Winner: Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “FRANCHISE”

Best rock

Evanescence – “Use My Voice”

Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame"

Winner: John Mayer – “Last Train Home”

The Killers – “My Own Soul's Warning”

Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit”

Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration”

Best alternative

Bleachers – “Stop Making This Hurt”

Glass Animals – “Heat Waves”

Imagine Dragons – “Follow You”

Winner: Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – “my ex’s best friend”

twenty one pilots – “Shy Away”

WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l”

Best Latin

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti”

Winner: Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”

Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “GIRL LIKE ME”

J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “UN DIA (ONE DAY)”

Karol G – “Bichota”

Maluma – “Hawái”

Best R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL”

Winner: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”

Chris Brown and Young Thug – “Go Crazy”

Giveon – “HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY”

H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – “Come Through”

SZA – “Good Days”

Best K-pop

(G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi”

BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream”

Winner: BTS – “Butter”

Monsta X – “Gambler”

SEVENTEEN – “Ready to love”

TWICE – “Alcohol-Free”

Video for good

Winner: Billie Eilish – “Your Power”

Demi Lovato – “Dancing With The Devil”

H.E.R. – “Fight For You"

Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful”

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – “Entrepreneur”

Best group

Winner: BTS

Blackpink

CNCO

Foo Fighters

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic

Twenty One Pilots

Best direction

Billie Eilish – “Your Power” Directed by: Billie Eilish

DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)” Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X

Winner: Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

Taylor Swift – “willow” Directed by: Taylor Swift

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – “Franchise” Directed by: Travis Scott

Tyler, The Creator – “LUMBERJACK” Directed by: Wolf Haley

Best cinematography

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL” Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am” Cinematography by: Rob Witt

Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez

Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper – “Holy” Cinematography by: Elias Talbot

Lady Gaga – “911” Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth

Lorde – “Solar Power” Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

Best art direction

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – “ALREADY” Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos

Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz

Lady Gaga – “911” Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” Art Direction by: John Richoux

Winner: Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend” Art Direction by: Alec Contestabile

Taylor Swift – “willow” – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

Best visual effects

Bella Poarch – “Build A B----itch” Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova

Coldplay – “Higher Power” Visual Effects by: Mathematic

Doja Cat & The Weeknd – “You Right” Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel

Glass Animals – “Tangerine” Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” Visual Effects by: Mathematic

P!NK – “All I Know So Far” Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

Best choreography

Ariana Grande – “34+35” Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson

BTS – “Butter” Choreography by: Son Sung Deuk With BHM performance directing team

Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” Choreography by: Natricia Bernard

Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” Choreography by: Nina McNeely

Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” Choreography by:Paul Roberts

Marshmello & Halsey – “Be Kind” Choreography by: Dani Vitale

Best editing

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open” Editing by: Troy Charbonnet

BTS – “Butter” Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens

Drake – “What's Next” Editing by: Noah Kendal

Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” Editing by: Claudia Wass

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon “Peaches” Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs

Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa “Prisoner”

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Published on: Monday, September 13, 2021, 10:33 AM IST
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