Although the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony ended up being a bit of an unorganized mess, there were definitely some gold star performances. Ariana Grande slayed her performance of God is a Woman as she brought on stage her mom and grandmother to celebrate all mothers, which coherently seemed to be a theme of the evening.
Cardi B opened the show with teasing fans by pretending to have brought her baby, Kulture on stage, and while accepting her award later on in the show, Cardi B noted that people had called her decision to have a baby a potential death knell for her career. “You know, I had a baby, I carried a baby,” she said, defiantly, “I am still winning awards!”
Jenifer Lopez also spoke about her children during her acceptance speech by crediting them for changing her life, and thanking her mother, Lupe, "the original dancing queen".
Lastly Camila Cabello, who took home the highest award of 'Artist of the Year' and 'Video of the Year' celebrated motherhood by bringing her mother as a date to the awards ceremony.
According to most viewers, the lowest point of the MTV VMAs was the Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna, who coincidentally had her 60th birthday overshadowed by the passing of the legendary queen of soul. Ultimately Madonna's tribute to Franklin turned into a tribute to Madonna by Madonna. This is partly the fault of the tacky organisation done by the VMAs as the conceptual idea of killing two birds with one stone.
A surprise performance for Rockstar which grabbed the 'Song of the Year' award by Post Malone was collabed with Aerosmith – and we just can't not love it.
I think we can all agree that this year's Video Vanguard Award winner, Jennifer Lopez, brought a jolt of life into the proceedings as we are reminded what entertainment is supposed to be like. J.Lo performed a melody of some of her greatest hits such as Waiting for Tonight, Love Don't Cost a Thing, and the infamous Jenny from the Block. And, although she started off slightly shakey, she found her groove very quickly.
"Lopez made us remember that she’s a true entertainer while underscoring that everything else about the 2018 VMAs was missing the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent that she has in spades," said Vox.
Key winners from the VMAs:
Video of the year – Havana by Camila Cabello
Video with a message – This Is America by Childish Gambino
Artist of the year – Camila Cabello
Song of the year – Rockstar by Post Malone
Push artist of the year – Hayley Kiyoko
Best pop – No Tears Left To Cry by Ariana Grande
Best hip hop – Chun-Li by Nicki Minaj
Best Latin – Mi Gente by J Balvin and Willy William
Song of summer – I Like It by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Best new artist – Cardi B
Best collaboration – Dinero by Jennifer Lopez ft DJ Khaled and Cardi B