MTV Video Music Awards 2019 (VMAs) winners list: Taylor Swift takes top prize; Ariana Grande named Artist of the Year
'You Need to Calm Down' also won the video for good honor. Todrick Hall, the multi-faceted entertainer who has appeared in some of Swift’s videos, including 'You Need to Calm Down,' accepted the honor.
The VMAs, which took place in New Jersey for the first time, opened to a performance by Taylor Swift going from eye-popping pop star to guitar-strumming singer-songwriter. She gave a colorful performance of “You Need to Calm Down” — which won video of the year — and later grabbed her guitar to sing the ballad “Lover,” the title track from her album released Friday.
“I just want to say that this is a fan-voted award, so I first want to say thank you to the fans because in this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world where we’ll all treated equally.” Swift and a number of cast members from the video appeared onstage to accept the honor. The video for “You Need to Calm Down,” a song in which Swift calls out homophobes and her own haters, featured a number of famous faces, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, RuPaul and the cast of “Queer Eye.” Before the video’s release, Swift announced that she supported the Equality Act.
“You Need to Calm Down” also won the video for good honor. Todrick Hall, the multi-faceted entertainer who has appeared in some of Swift’s videos, including “You Need to Calm Down,” accepted the honor. Swift won three honors, tying with Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish for most wins of the night. Grande, named artist of the year, and Eilish, who won best new artist, didn’t attend the VMAs. BTS also didn’t attend the show, hosted by comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco, but they won two honors: best group and best K-pop.
Other winners included Cardi B, who took home best hip-hop for “Money”; Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker” won best pop; “Senorita,” which Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello performed during the show, won best collaboration and best cinematography; and the Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha’s “Call You Mine” won best dance. Megan the Stallion, who performed during the pre-show, won best power anthem with her new hit, “Hot Girl Summer,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj.
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” the longest-running No. 1 song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, won song of the year and best direction. “This is my first award ever,” the 20-year-old newcomer said. The VMAs closed with a superb performance by artists who are from the Garden State — including Queen Latifah, Redman, Wyclef Jean, Naughty by Nature and Fetty Wap.
Here's a full list of the winners of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, presented Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey:
— Video of the year: Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”
— Artist of the year: Ariana Grande
— Song of the year: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Remix)”
— Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Missy Elliott
— Best new artist: Billie Eilish
— Best collaboration: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Senorita”
— Best group: BTS
— Push artist of the year: Billie Eilish
— Best pop: Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”
— Best hip-hop: Cardi B, “Money”
— Best R&B: Normani featuring 6lack, “Waves”
— Best Latin: Rosalia and J Balvin featuring El Guincho, “Con Altura”
— Best dance: The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha, “Call You Mine”
— Best rock: Panic! at the Disco, “High Hopes”
— Best K-pop: BTS featuring Halsey, “Boy With Luv”
— Video for good: Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down”
— Song of summer: Ariana Grande and Social House, “boyfriend”
— Best power anthem: Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, “Hot Girl Summer”
— Best direction: Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Remix)”
— Best editing: Billie Eilish, “bad guy”
— Best visual effects: Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, “ME!”
— Best art direction: Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”
— Best choreography: Rosalia and J Balvin featuring El Guincho, “Con Altura”
— Best cinematography: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, “Senorita”
— Fashion Trailblazer Award: Marc Jacobs