The 2021 MTV VMAs aired live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hosted by Doja Cat, the award show saw performances by huge acts such as Lil Nas, Normani, Twenty One Pilots, Olivia Rodrigo and many others.

Justin Bieber was the most nominated artist with seven nominations. He performed his latest hit Stay with Kid Laroi and Ghost from his latest album. He won two awards: Artist of the Year and Best Pop. Megan Thee Stallion had six nominations, including four for her Cardi B collaboration WAP, but did not take home any awards. Olivia Rodrigo performed Good 4 U at the VMAs and won three awards: Best New Artist, Push Performance of the Year, and Song of the Year for Drivers License. 

 

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Check out the full list of winners below.

GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • WINNER: BTS
  • Blackpink
  • CNCO
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Maroon 5
  • Silk Sonic
  • Twenty One Pilots

GLOBAL ICON AWARD

  • HONOREE: Foo Fighters

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake: “Popstar” (Starring Justin Bieber) – OVO /We The Best/Epic Records
  • Doja Cat ft. SZA: “Kiss Me More” – Kemosabe Records/RCA Records
  • Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits” – Atlantic Records
  • WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Columbia Records
  • The Weeknd: “Save Your Tears” – XO / Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Ariana Grande – Republic Records
  • Doja Cat – Kemosabe Records/RCA Records
  • WINNER: Justin Bieber – Def Jam
  • Megan Thee Stallion – 300 Entertainment
  • Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior: “Mood” – Records LLC/Columbia Records
  • Doja Cat: “Say So” – Kemosabe/RCA Records
  • Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records
  • BTS: “Dynamite” – Bighit Music
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • Dua Lipa: “Levitating” – Warner Records
  • WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo: “Drivers License” – Geffen Records

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • 24kGoldn – Records LLC/Columbia Records
  • Giveon – Epic Records/Not So Fast
  • The Kid Laroi – Columbia Records
  • WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo – Geffen Records
  • Polo G – Columbia Records
  • Saweetie – Warner Records

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

  • Wallows: “Are You Bored Yet?” – Atlantic Records
  • Ashnikko: “Daisy” – Warner Records
  • Saint Jhn: “Gorgeous” – Godd Complexx/HITCO
  • 24kGoldn: “Coco” – Records LLC/Columbia Records
  • JC Stewart: “Break My Heart” – Elektra Music Group
  • Latto: “Sex Lies” – RCA Records
  • Madison Beer: “Selfish” – Epic Records/Sing It Loud
  • The Kid Laroi: “Without You” – Columbia Records
  • WINNER: Olivia Rodrigo: “Drivers License” – Geffen Records
  • Girl in Red: “Serotonin” – World in Red/AWAL
  • Fousheé: “My Slime” – RCA Records
  • Jxdn: “Think About Me” – DTA Records/Elektra Music Group

BEST COLLABORATION

  • 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior: “Mood” – Records LLC/Columbia Records
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • WINNER: Doja Cat ft. SZA: “Kiss Me More” – Kemosabe Records/RCA Records
  • Drake ft. Lil Durk: “Laugh Now Cry Later” – OVO/Republic Records
  • Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon: “Peaches” – Def Jam
  • Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa: “Prisoner” – RCA Records

BEST POP

  • Ariana Grande: “Positions” – Republic Records
  • Billie Eilish: “Therefore I Am” – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • BTS: “Butter” – Bighit Music
  • Harry Styles: “Treat People With Kindness” – Columbia Records
  • WINNER: Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon: “Peaches” – Def Jam
  • Olivia Rodrigo: “Good 4 U” – Geffen Records
  • Shawn Mendes: “Wonder” – Island Records
  • Taylor Swift: “Willow” – Republic Records

BEST HIP-HOP

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” – Atlantic Records
  • Drake ft. Lil Durk: “Laugh Now Cry Later” – OVO/Republic Records
  • Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion: “On Me (remix)” – Quality Control/Motown
  • Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum” – N-Less Entertainment/Interscope Records
  • Polo G: “Rapstar” – Columbia Records
  • WINNER: Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A.: “Franchise” – Cactus Jack/Epic Records

BEST ROCK

  • Evanescence: “Use My Voice” – BMG
  • Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame” – Roswell Records/RCA Records
  • WINNER: John Mayer: “Last Train Home” – Columbia Records
  • The Killers: “My Own Soul’s Warning” – Island
  • Kings Of Leon: “The Bandit” – RCA Records
  • Lenny Kravitz: “Raise Vibration” – Roxie Records/BMG

BEST ALTERNATIVE

  • Bleachers: “Stop Making This Hurt” – RCA Records
  • Glass Animals: “Heat Waves” – Republic Records
  • Imagine Dragons: “Follow You” – Kidinakorner/Interscope Records
  • WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear: “My Ex’s Best Friend” – Bad Boy/Interscope Records
  • Twenty One Pilots: “Shy Away” – Fueled By Ramen

BEST LATIN

  • Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez: “Dákiti” – The Orchard
  • WINNER: Billie Eilish & Rosalía: “Lo Vas A Olvidar” – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • Black Eyed Peas and Shakira: “Girl Like Me” – Epic Records
  • Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy: “Un Die (One Day)” – Universal Music Latino/Neon16
  • Karol G: “Bichota” – Universal Music Latino
  • Maluma: “Hawái” – Sony Music US Latin

BEST R&B

  • Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, WizKid: “Brown Skin Girl” – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
  • WINNER: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic: “Leave the Door Open” – Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic Records
  • Chris Brown and Young Thug: “Go Crazy” – Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records
  • Giveon: “Heartbreak Anniversary” – Epic Records/Not So Fast
  • H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown: “Come Through” – MBK Entertainment/RCA Records
  • SZA: “Good Days” – Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records

BEST K-POP

  • (G)I-DLE: “Dumdi Dumdi” – Republic Records
  • Blackpink and Selena Gomez: “Ice Cream” – YG Entertainment/Interscope Records
  • WINNER: BTS – “Butter” – Bighit Music
  • Monsta X: “Gambler” – Starship Entertainment
  • Seventeen: “Ready to love” – Pledis Entertainment
  • Twice: “Alcohol-Free” – JYP Entertainment Company

VIDEO FOR GOOD

  • WINNER: Billie Eilish: “Your Power” – Darkroom/Interscope Records
  • Demi Lovato: “Dancing With the Devil” – Island
  • H.E.R.: “Fight For You” – MBK Entertainment/RCA Records
  • Kane Brown: “Worldwide Beautiful” – Sony Music Nashville/RCA Records
  • Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Columbia Records
  • Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z: “Entrepreneur” – Columbia Records

BEST DIRECTION

  • Billie Eilish: “Your Power” – Darkroom / Interscope Records; Directed by: Billie Eilish
  • DJ Khaled ft. Drake: “Popstar (Starring Justin Bieber)” – OVO/We The Best/Epic Records – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz a.k.a. Director X
  • WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Columbia Records – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
  • Taylor Swift: “Willow” – Republic Records – Directed by: Taylor Swift
  • Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A: “Franchise” – Cactus Jack/Epic Records – Directed by: Travis Scott
  • Tyler, The Creator: “Lumberjack” – Columbia Records; Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • WINNER: Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid: “Brown Skin Girl” – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
  • Billie Eilish: “Therefore I Am” – Darkroom/Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Rob Witt
  • Foo Fighters: “Shame Shame” – Roswell Records/RCA Records – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
  • Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper: “Holy” – RBMG/Def Jam – Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
  • Lady Gaga: “911” – Interscope Records – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
  • Lorde: “Solar Power” – Republic Records – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud