Fireworks continued to display Sunday in Newark, New Jersey, as Taylor Swift celebrated her Video of the Year win for “All Too Well” by announcing her new album, “Midnights.” Elsewhere during the party, Eminem and Snoop Dogg teamed up for an NFT-inspired performance, while Video Vanguard award-winning Nicki Minaj brought stripper mogul to the Prudential Center stage for a variety of her greatest hits.
Here’s our ranking of the best and worst deals of the night:
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13. Eminem and Snoop Dogg, “From the D 2 the LBC”
Two rap icons, take the stage at the VMAs together for their first collaboration in two decades. It was supposed to be an instant hit on this year’s show – but instead, Eminem and Snoop Dogg “From the D 2 the LBC” Lost in the metaverse. Hip-hop stars Bored Ape Yacht Club used NFTs in the song’s music video, and took to the sidelines for the bulk of Sunday’s “performance,” as their avatars scattered inside a big pinball machine and spiderweb, among other computer-generated sites. Only at the end of the song finally came back to life, as Eminem and Snoop “wake up” on a couch on stage and personally ended the track. Props to try something different, but maybe keep your NFT away from our MTV next time.
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12. Ken Brown, “Grand.”
On Sunday, Kane Brown became the first-ever male country singer at the VMAs. The 28-year-old crossover artist bathed in green and blue neon lights on an outdoor stage and made every moment count as he sang a wonderful performance. “big,” His pop-filled anthem is about appreciating the big and small things in life.
11. Marshmallow and Khaled, “Numb”
Khaled’s silky voices were distinctly flawless as he and electronic artist Marshmello took the stage for an upbeat team performance “ant,” Their second collaboration after the 2017 movie ‘Silence’. If only we could see what was really going on: Due to the psychedelic camera filter, much of the performance was very blurred and out of focus, with Many viewers complain on Twitter it Make them feel dizzy.
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10. Blackpink, “Pink Poison”
The K-pop quartet made their VMA debut in exciting style, emerging from a cloud of pink smoke to perform their latest singles Pink Poison. Dressed in all black and flanked by backup dancers, the group of girls masterfully performed tight dances that were as elaborate and sloppy as the song’s lyrics.
9. J Balvin and Ryan Castro, “Nivel de Perreo”
Colombian stars took over early-night TV broadcasts to make a sinister show of their collaboration “Nivel de Perreo,” Powered by a line of faceless, latex-clad dancers straight from “American Horror Story.” But the real scene stealer was a show of a giant bikini-clad silver woman, bringing some “Jack and the Beanstalk” realism to the VMAs as she bobbed and trotted above the audience for a full three minutes to the song.
8. Bad Bunny, “Titty Me Pregonto”
Bad Bunny, who played a pair of majors at Yankee Stadium in New York this weekend, delivered a dynamic remote performance. “Tití Me Preguntó,” From his fifth chart-topping album “Un Verano Sin Ti”. The sunglasses-clad Reggaeton star had no problem getting the attention of the massive stadium crowd, making the VMAs feel like his personal party as he Twitter caught fire by kissing Male and female dancers.
7. Lizzo, “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”
After singing a few bars of her infection No. 1 “About Damn Time,” Lizzo directed Tom Hanks’ “Big” circa 1988: she plays on a foot-lit piano when she released her new high-energy single, “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready).” While performing on stage and away from the audience, she sometimes gets lost among eye-catching projections. However, it was difficult not to immerse yourself in the artist’s incredible fervor, especially since she danced in a bright pink ensemble against the background of dozens of Lesus miniatures.
6. Panic! At the disco, “Don’t let the light go out”
Brendon Uri’s unmistakable voice was on display in “Don’t let the light go out” As the assailant rushed straight into the camera before jamming with his squad on his hood. Fireworks lit the background as the performance turned from black and white to color, providing a truly exciting climax to this year’s party.
5. Manskin, model
Wait what happened here? Glam rock-and-comers Måneskin were halfway through a fiery performance “Supermodel” When the camera cuts off the band for nearly half of the song, it only comes back into focus at the end. Is the camera operator a big slip? Or was there a wardrobe malfunction for lead singer Damiano David, who draped bare to the audience while rocking leather chaps? No matter what happened, Måneskin definitely gets our attention.
4. Anitta, “Envolver”
Anitta, who won Best Latina for a viral hit “Envolver”“Quickly prove why she’s one of the fastest rising stars in the US right now. Walking down a flight of white stairs in a red suit, the Brazilian singer rocked her character as she led her dancers in some really steamy, then euphoric dances.
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Black Summer” and “Can’t Stop”
Sometimes all you need is a musical instrument and a platform. The Red Hot Chili Peppers preceded any bells and whistles of VMAs performances, putting their fierce music front and center as they made their way through a new song “Black Summer” And the basic group menu “Can’t stop”. Global Icon Award recipients, the veteran rockers were the epitome in red fishnet shirts and yellow high socks, as pink-haired guitarist Flea shrieked as he navigated lightly during the thrilling introduction to “Can’t Stop.”
2. Nicki Minaj, Vanguard Variety Video Award
This is why she is called the Queen of Rap. Recipient of this year’s Video Vanguard Award, which honors the artist’s impact on music videos and pop culture, Nicki Minaj blasted nearly a dozen of her most iconic songs in a dazzling pink concert, with a giant bow. After a heady start that didn’t give her “monster-made” hair the right way to her career, the rapper settled into a groove of crowd-favorite “Moment 4 Life” and “Super Bass” as she bobbed and trotted across a Barbie-inspired stage of her dream house. She finished the mix hilariously and sweetly sampling Rick James “Super Freaky Girl,” A well-deserved summer song if we’ve heard it before.
1. Jack Harlow and Fergie, “First Class” and “Glamorous”
After his hit last summer with Lil Nas X’s Industry Baby, Jack Harlow gave an instant classic VMA performance. The cute rapper, dressed as a flight attendant, was walking down the aisle of an airplane doing his part in the chart “First grade,” Fun interaction with “passengers” including Avril Lavigne along the way. He then made his way to the Prudential Center Theater, revealing surprise guest Fergie, whose 2007 song “Glamorous” was chosen largely as the track. The boisterous crowd—which included several Taylor Swift chops—was riding in nostalgic glee aloft, with Fergie and Harlow their effortlessly charismatic leaders.
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