2019 MTV Video Music Awards

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

2019 MTV Video Music Awards
DateMonday, August 26, 2019 (2019-08-26)
VenuePrudential Center (Newark, New Jersey)
CountryUnited States
Hosted bySebastian Maniscalco
Most awards
Most nominations
Television/radio coverage
Produced byBruce Gillmer
Jesse Ignjatovic
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
← 2018 · MTV Video Music Awards · 2020 →

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 26, 2019, at the Prudential Center in Newark, being the first VMA ceremony to be held in New Jersey.[1][2] Sebastian Maniscalco hosted the 36th annual ceremony.[3] Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish were the most awarded with three each. Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to win the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.[4] The show was broadcast on a variety of Viacom-owned networks, as well as their respective websites, and apps through TV Everywhere authentication.[5] 2019 MTV Video Music Awards won the 2020 Webby Award for Events in the category Social.[6]


Award ceremony main stage
List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Ava Max "Torn"
"Sweet but Psycho"
CNCO "De Cero"
Megan Thee Stallion "Big Ole Freak"
"Hot Girl Summer"
"Cash Shit"
Main show[7][8]
Taylor Swift "You Need to Calm Down"
Shawn Mendes "If I Can't Have You"
Lizzo "Truth Hurts"
"Good as Hell"
Jonas Brothers
(from The Stone Pony in Asbury Park)
"Only Human"
Lil Nas X "Panini"
Missy Elliott Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Medley
"Throw It Back"
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
"Hot Boyz"
"Get Ur Freak On"
"Work It"
"Pass That Dutch"
"Lose Control" (contains excerpts from "Cool Off")
Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello
Miley Cyrus "Slide Away"
"A Ningún Hombre"
"Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi"
"Aute Cuture"
H.E.R. "Anti"
Normani "Motivation"
Big Sean
J Balvin
Bad Bunny
"Qué Pretendes"
Queen Latifah
Naughty by Nature
Fetty Wap
Wyclef Jean
"Trap Queen"
"Gone Till November"
"No Woman, No Cry"
"Hip Hop Hooray"


A variety of presenters appeared at the pre-show and main ceremony.[9]


Main show[edit]

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees for most categories were revealed on July 23, 2019. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift had the most nominations with ten followed by Billie Eilish with nine and Lil Nas X received eight while two new categories were included: Best K-Pop and Video for Good (previously "Video with a Message").[10] On August 19, three more categories were announced: Best Group, Best Power Anthem, and Song of Summer.[11] The new categories increased the nominations for Grande and Swift to twelve each, Eilish to ten, and Lil Nas X to nine.[12][13]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

Video of the Year Song of the Year
Artist of the Year Best Group
Best New Artist Best Collaboration
Push Artist of the Year Best Pop
Best Hip Hop Best R&B
Best K-Pop Best Latin
Best Dance Best Rock
Video for Good Best Direction
Best Visual Effects Best Editing
Best Art Direction Best Choreography
Best Cinematography Best Power Anthem
Song of Summer MTV Fashion Trailblazer Award
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
Missy Elliott

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roth, Madeline (April 29, 2019). "The 2019 VMAs Will Go Where The Show Has Never Gone Before". MTV News. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd (April 29, 2019). "2019 MTV VMAs Sets Date for New Jersey, Will Feature Twitter Fan-Voted Live Camera Feeds". Variety. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Clark, Anne Victoria (June 26, 2019). "Sebastian Maniscalco Is Hosting the 2019 MTV VMAs". vulture.com. New York. Yes, on Tuesday night's episode of The Tonight Show, it was announced that Maniscalco has been selected to host the 2019 MTV VMAs.
  4. ^ "VMAs 2019: See the complete list of winners". CNN. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 26, 2019). "How to Watch MTV's VMAs Tonight on TV and Online". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Kastrenakes, Jacob (20 May 2020). "Here are all the winners of the 2020 Webby Awards". The Verge. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  7. ^ Roth, Madeline. "The VMAs Just Got A Lot Juicier: Camila, Shawn, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, And More Will Perform". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  8. ^ "We're Not Done Yet: Big Sean Featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani, And Ozuna Will Perform At The VMAs". MTV.
  9. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (August 20, 2019). "John Travolta, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz and More to Present at MTV Video Music Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift Lead 2019 MTV VMA Nominations: See Full List". Billboard. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Lynch, Joe (August 19, 2019). "2019 VMAs Reveal Three New Fan-Voted Categories, Pre-Show Performers: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 26, 2019). "MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Cardi B Among Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  13. ^ Warner, Denise (August 26, 2019). "Here Are All the Winners from the 2019 MTV VMAs". Billboard. United States. Retrieved August 30, 2019.