2018 MTV Video Music Awards

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2018 MTV Video Music Awards
DateMonday, August 20, 2018 (2018-08-20) at 9:00–11:43pm EDT
VenueRadio City Music Hall (Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City, New York)
CountryUnited States
Most awardsCardi B and Childish Gambino (3 each)
Most nominationsCardi B (12)
Television/radio coverage
Produced byBruce Gillmer
Jesse Ignjatovic
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
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The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards were held on Monday night, August 20, 2018 at 9:00–11:43pm EDT at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan, New York City.[1] The 35th annual award show aired live from the venue for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history.[2] Cardi B led the list of nominees with twelve nominations. Cardi and Childish Gambino were the most awarded of the night with three each.[3][4] Camila Cabello won Video of the Year and Artist of the Year,[5] while Jennifer Lopez became the first Latino to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. This edition of the MTV Video Music Awards saw yet another severe drop in ratings, only achieving a mere 2.2 million viewers on MTV, and only seeing 4.87 million viewers on all of its sister networks.[6]


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Bazzi "Mine"
Bryce Vine "Drew Barrymore"
Backstreet Boys "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Main show
Shawn Mendes "In My Blood"
Ryan Tedder
"One Day"
Panic! at the Disco "High Hopes"
Nicki Minaj "Majesty"
"Barbie Dreams"
"Ganja Burn"
(Live from the PATH World Trade Center station)
Jennifer Lopez Video Vanguard Medley
  1. "Waiting for Tonight (Hex Hector Remix)"
  2. "On the Floor"
  3. "Dance Again"
  4. "Ain't Your Mama"
  5. "If You Had My Love (Pablo Flores Remix)" (dance break)
  6. "El Anillo" / "Booty"
  7. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (with elements of "In My Feelings" and "Nice for What" by Drake)
  8. "I'm Glad"
  9. "Get Right (Rock-Infused Version)"
  10. "All I Have"
  11. "Jenny from the Block" (with intro by DJ Khaled)
  12. "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" (with Ja Rule)
  13. "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)" (with Ja Rule)
  14. "Dinero" (with elements of "Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B and "Bitch Better Have My Money" by Rihanna) (with DJ Khaled)
Ariana Grande "God Is a Woman"
Travis Scott
James Blake
"Stop Trying to Be God"
"Sicko Mode"
Maluma "Felices los 4"
Post Malone
21 Savage
"Rockstar" (Post Malone and 21 Savage)
"Dream On" (Aerosmith and Post Malone)
"Toys in the Attic" (Aerosmith and Post Malone)
Push Artist Stage
Bazzi "Beautiful"
Jessie Reyez "Apple Juice"
Hayley Kiyoko "Curious"
PrettyMuch "Summer on You"



  • Terrence J – presented Song of Summer and Push Artist of the Year

Main show[edit]


Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees for most categories were revealed on July 16, 2018, via an IGTV video. Nominees for Song of Summer, however, were announced on August 13, 2018. Cardi B had the most nominations with 12,[2] with The Carters behind with 8, while Childish Gambino and Drake both received 7 nominations each.[9][10] Winners were announced on August 20, 2018, on the Video Music Awards broadcast.[11]

Video of the Year Song of the Year
Artist of the Year Best New Artist
Best Collaboration Push Artist of the Year
Best Pop Best Hip Hop
Best Latin Best Dance
Best Rock Video with a Message
Best Art Direction Best Choreography
Best Visual Effects Best Editing
Best Cinematography Best Direction
Song of Summer Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Artists with multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Artists who received multiple awards
Wins Artist
3 Childish Gambino
Cardi B
2 Camila Cabello
The Carters
Jennifer Lopez
Artists who received multiple nominations
Nominations Artist
13 Cardi B
8 The Carters
7 Childish Gambino
6 Bruno Mars
5 Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
4 Ed Sheeran
Young Thug
3 Dua Lipa
Alessia Cara
Janelle Monáe
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift
2 Post Malone
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Jennifer Lopez
DJ Khaled
Jessie Reyez
Demi Lovato
21 Savage
J. Cole
Rita Ora
Calvin Harris
Justin Timberlake
Maroon 5

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly's writer Darren Franich gave the show a B− and said, "MTV's tagline for the 2018 Video Music Awards was 'Everything might happen.' Hey, they said might. The 35th VMAs had some fiery performances, but the show never quite sparked [...] This was a reasonably satisfying awards show, not the boring trainwreck some VMAs have been, not the exciting trainwreck supernova some VMAs dare to be."[13] For Variety, Daniel D'addario said, "There was a time when the VMAs were a change-of-season status report on pop: As MTV’s target audience heads back to school and those slightly outside that audience get ready to turn their mind to graver things, the pop world had historically united to put on a show that could carry viewers into the fall." and unfavorably compared it to the 2013 show line up.[14] In Billboard, Leila Cobo wrote, "although this year's awards haven't escaped criticism, it hasn't been for lack of Latin power," noting that "Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez and Camila Cabello (finally) put Latin music center stage at VMAs."[15]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hosken, Patrick (April 17, 2018). "Get Ready: The 2018 VMAs Are Officially Invading New York City". MTV News. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Schulman, Alissa (August 15, 2018). "Everything You Need To Know About The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV News. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Mesfin Fekadu (August 20, 2018). "MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "MTV VMAs: Madonna tribute to Aretha Franklin proves divisive as Camila Cabello wins big". Guardian. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards: The Complete Winners List". 21 August 2018.
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (August 21, 2018). "TV Ratings: Video Music Awards Hit All-Time Low on MTV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 14, 2018). "Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, And Bryce Vine Will Make the VMA Pre-Show Larger Than Life". MTV News. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "MTV VMAs 2018 presenters: Tiffany Haddish, Millie Bobby Brown, more | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly.
  9. ^ "Cardi B & The Carters Lead 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations". Billboard. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "MTV announces 2018 "vmas" nominations". MTV Press. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "VMAs: Camila Cabello Wins Video of the Year for "Havana"; Complete List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Lewis, Hilary (July 31, 2018). "VMAs: Jennifer Lopez to Receive Video Vanguard Award". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  13. ^ Franich, Darren (August 21, 2018). "MTV's shiny VMAs was heavy on glitz, light on soul: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  14. ^ D'addario, Daniel (August 21, 2018). "TV Review: MTV's Video Music Awards Were Low on Star Power". Variety. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Cobo, Leila (August 21, 2018). "Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez & Camila Cabello (Finally) Put Latin Music Center Stage at VMAs". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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