The 2019 MTV VMAs were the biggest celebration the original music channel’s ever had with artists flaunting their style and musical prowess throughout last night’s three hour telecast. The event that took place on Sunday, August 25th in New Jersey also saw history being made in more ways than one.
One of the biggest highlights was Missy Elliott‘s acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award that many believed was long overdue. After decades of groundbreaking and mind-bending work in the studio and on the screen, she finally achieved one of the highest honors bestowed on a contemporary musician.
Additionally, and hot off the release of her brand new album, Lover, Taylor Swift became the fourth artist to win Video of the Year twice, first for 2014’s “Bad Blood” and now for this year’s “You Need To Calm Down.” And coming in with a completely different vibe, Billie Eilish took home the award for Best New Artist and is the youngest to accomplish the feat (at 17 years of age) since Justin Bieber did at the age of 16 in 2010.
For performance sake, Lizzo brought down the house with her 2016 sleeper releases “Truth Hurts” and “Good As Hell” while being surrounded by a troupe of backup dancers and a giant inflatable butt. To cap off her exhibition, she gave an empowering speech to the crowd about feeling “good as hell” in their own skin.
As Latin music keeps taking over the Anglo airwaves, it was only fitting to hear J Balvin and Bad Bunny‘s “Que Pretendes” in real life. The two superstars took to the stage donning cartoonish outfits that were on-point with the rest of their companions that wore costumes that ranged from inflatable dinosaurs to a personified smiley face. Watch the exciting show below.