Taylor Swift bags MTV VMAs 2023 in a ceremony celebrating hip-hop and Shakira
(Web Desk) At the 40th Video Music Awards, a who’s who of hip-hop legends performed, including Taylor Swift winning Video of the Year for Anti-Hero, Shakira winning Video Vanguard, and others.
In a night that mainly honored Latin music, including Shakira’s preeminence and 50 years of hip-hop, Taylor Swift once again controlled the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), taking home the trophy for every televised category in which she (Taylor swift) was nominated.
Taylor Swift, who is presently performing the first stadium tour worth $1 billion in history, won the night’s highest honour. Taylor won Video of the Year, for her song ‘Anti-Hero’ from Midnight.
Taylor also bagged awards for Best Director, best pop video, and Song of the year. Hurray!
The 33-year-old singer said thanks to her video editor Chancler Hanes and cinematographer Rina Yang, who spoke on Taylor Swift’s behalf for her video of the year triumph, as well as to presenters ‘NSync, who came together again for the first time in almost ten years to give her one prize.
Nicki Minaj took over as the sole host of the 40th annual VMAs at the Prudential Centre in New Jersey after sharing the emcee responsibilities with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow the previous year. She also received an award for best hip-hop for her song ‘Super Freaky Girl’. “So often I joke and play around and stuff, but tonight, I don’t know why, this morning I just woke up and I had this really strong sense of gratitude,” she added.
From Lil Wayne’s night-opening performance to Metro Boomin’s VMA debut to a finale medley with Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash, and the Furious Five, LL Cool J, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj, the performance-heavy, largely orderly VMAs dedicated a significant portion of its nearly four-hour ceremony to celebrating 50 years of hip-hop.
Diddy, also known as Puff Daddy, and Love, whose true name is Sean Combs, received the Global Icon Award from Mary J. Blige. No one is more deserving of the title “icon” than the rapper, producer, tycoon, and record executive, according to Mary J. Blige. He and his son King Combs played a series of classics from Mo Money Mo Problems to Last Night with Keyshia Cole during the performance.
Love triumphs, you guys. In a speech that described his history as a paperboy before becoming cast in music videos by dancing (“doing my Diddy jig”) in New York clubs, Combs said that “love wins.” I’m grateful that everyone came to give me flowers and celebrate my birthday. For me, this is a realization of a dream.
The VMAs also acknowledged the dominance of Latin music in the world, highlighting performers like Colombian singer Karol G, who became the first female artist to achieve a No. 1 Spanish-language album with Maana Será Bonito, and Brazilian Anitta, who won best Latin for her album Funk Rave.
With fellow Colombian Shakira as the night’s honoree, Karol G won for best collaboration for their song TGQ. She is legendary. She is a representation of both our nation and the Latino community, in the words of Karol G.
Shakira received the Video Vanguard Award from Wyclef Jean for her contributions to world music. Without Shakira, he claimed, “Latin music would not be the global force that it is today.” The 46-year-old Colombian singer gave a medley of her greatest hits during which she performed knife-wielding knife dances in the middle of the stage while singing “Whenever, Wherever” and crowd-surfed while singing “BZRP Music Sessions, Vol. 53.
Shakira thanked the “amazing women” who helped her break down barriers in her field, her two sons Milan and Sasha, and her fans “who always support me through thick and thin” in a brief acceptance speech. I sincerely appreciate you being my army and supporting me in all of my conflicts.
Female performers won the night since they dominated the majority of the repertoire. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion had a dynamic launch of their brand-new single Bongos after Olivia Rodrigo opened the show with a crisp, pyrotechnic montage of songs from her sophomore album Guts. An army of female dancers painted red with blood flanked Doja Cat as she shook the room during Attention, Paint the Town Red, and Demons. Anitta sang and twerked her way through Used To Be.
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