2022 MTV Video Music Awards

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2022 MTV Video Music Awards
2022 MTV Video Music Awards.svg
DateAugust 28, 2022 (2022-08-28)
8:00–11:19pm EDT
VenuePrudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
CountryUnited States
Hosted byLL Cool J
Nicki Minaj
Jack Harlow[1][a]
Most awardsJack Harlow (4)
Most nominationsDoja Cat
Jack Harlow
Harry Styles (8 each)
Television/radio coverage
Produced byBruce Gillmer
Jesse Ignjatovic[3]
Directed byLiz Clare

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 28, 2022.[4] The show was emceed by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow.[5] Minaj was honored with the Video Vanguard Award, presented to her by her fans.[6][7] Red Hot Chili Peppers was honored with the Global Icon Award which was presented to them by Cheech & Chong.[8]


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Saucy Santana "Booty"
"Too Much"
Yung Gravy "Betty (Get Money)"
Dove Cameron "Boyfriend"
Main show[10][11][12][13][14][15]
Jack Harlow
"First Class"
Lizzo "About Damn Time"
"2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)"
Blackpink "Pink Venom"
J Balvin
Ryan Castro
"Nivel de Perreo"
Nicki Minaj Video Vanguard Medley

"All Things Go"
"Roman's Revenge"
"Beez in the Trap"
"Moment 4 Life"
"Super Bass"
"Super Freaky Girl"

Snoop Dogg
"From the D 2 the LBC"
Red Hot Chili Peppers Global Icon Medley
"Black Summer"
"Can't Stop"
Anitta "Envolver"
"Movimento da Sanfoninha"
"Bola Rebola"
"Vai Malandra"
Kane Brown "Grand"[b]
Måneskin "Supermodel
Bad Bunny "Tití Me Preguntó"[c]
Panic! at the Disco "Don't Let the Light Go Out"
Extended Play Stage[16]
(Presented by Doritos)
Conan Gray "Disaster"
Flo Milli "Conceited"
JID "Dance Now"
"Surround Sound"
Lauren Spencer-Smith "Fingers Crossed"


Presenters were announced on August 26.[16] Nessa Diab and Kevan Kenney hosted the 90-minute pre-show event, while Tate McRae served as special celebrity correspondent. Murda Beatz acted as the pre-show House DJ.[9]


  • Kevan Kenney – presented Best Alternative and Best Metaverse Performance
  • Tate McRae – presented Push Performance of the Year

Main show[edit]

  • Johnny Depp – intermittently appeared throughout the ceremony in pre-recorded segments as the Moon Person
  • Offset and DJ Khaled – presented Best Collaboration
  • Avril Lavigne – announced the finalists for Best New Artist and presented the award later in the night
  • Latto – introduced Blackpink
  • Lili Reinhart – presented Best Longform Video
  • Offset – introduced Conan Gray and the Extended Play Stage
  • Chlöe – introduced Marshmello and Khalid
  • Jimmy Fallon – presented Album of the Year
  • Members of Nicki Minaj's fanbase, the Barbz – presented the Video Vanguard Award to Nicki Minaj
  • Sofia Carson – presented Best K-Pop
  • Cheech & Chong – introduced the Red Hot Chili Peppers and presented the Global Icon Award to them
  • Bebe Rexha – presented Video for Good
  • Blackpink – introduced Anitta
  • Jack Harlow (emcee) and Druski – introduced Kane Brown
  • Ashley Graham – presented Best Latin
  • Dixie D'Amelio – introduced Måneskin
  • Becky G – presented Best Hip Hop
  • Dove Cameron – presented Song of Summer
  • Nicki Minaj (emcee) – presented Artist of the Year
  • Carmelo Anthony – presented the Artist of the Year award to Bad Bunny at Yankee Stadium
  • Joel Madden – presented Best Rock
  • Billy Eichner – introduced Panic! at the Disco
  • LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj (emcees) – presented Video of the Year

Winners and nominees[edit]

Nominations were announced on July 26, 2022. Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X had the most nominations with seven each, followed by Doja Cat and Harry Styles having six nominations each.[17] Nominees for Song of Summer, Group of the Year, and Album of the Year were announced on August 19.[9] Voting for Group of the Year and Song of Summer ran from August 22–25 and August 25–27 respectively, while voting for Album of the Year ran from August 27 until the show, via MTV's Instagram stories.[9][18] After the second round of categories was announced, the nominations for Doja Cat, Harlow and Styles increased to eight each, making them the artists with the most nominations.[9][18] Harlow was the most awarded nominee with four wins, followed by Lil Nas X, Styles and Taylor Swift having three each.

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

List of winners and nominees for the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards
Video of the Year
(presented by Burger King)
Song of the Year
Artist of the Year Best New Artist
(presented by EXTRA Gum)
Push Performance of The Year Best Collaboration
Best Pop Best Hip Hop
Best R&B Best K-Pop
Best Latin Best Rock
Best Alternative Video for Good
Group of the Year Song of Summer
Album of the Year Best Metaverse Performance
Best Longform Video Best Direction
Best Art Direction Best Choreography
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Visual Effects
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award[e]
Nicki Minaj
Global Icon Award
Red Hot Chili Peppers


  1. ^ Officially referred to as MCs by MTV, the trio performed typical hosting duties such as introducing presenters and performers.
  2. ^ From the Toyota Stage in Fort Lee
  3. ^ From Yankee Stadium
  4. ^ Several news outlets, including Entertainment Tonight and Teen Vogue, reported that Blackpink won Group of the Year several hours before the award was announced. The tweets and articles were deleted or changed, without acknowledgment of the false reporting, once MTV officially announced that BTS won.
  5. ^ While Michael Jackson's name was included in press releases announcing that Nicki Minaj would receive the award, it was not mentioned during the ceremony broadcast.


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  2. ^ "My5".
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  8. ^ Halperin, Shirley; Garcia, Thania (August 24, 2022). "Cheech and Chong to Present Global Icon Award to Red Hot Chili Peppers at VMAs". Variety. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e Burton, Carson (August 19, 2022). "Dove Cameron, Yung Gravy, Saucy Santana to Headline MTV VMAs Pre-Show Performances". Variety. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  10. ^ "Anitta, J Balvin and More Performers Revealed for 2022 MTV Video Music Awards". E! Online. August 5, 2022. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
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  12. ^ Serrano, Athena (August 11, 2022). "Kane Brown Will Deliver A 'Grand' Performance At 2022 VMAs". MTV News. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
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  14. ^ Serrano, Athena (August 24, 2022). "Bad Bunny To Hop Onstage At Yankee Stadium For VMAs Performance". MTV News. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  15. ^ Serrano, Athena (August 25, 2022). "From The Stage 2 The Screen: Eminem And Snoop Dogg Will Pair Up At The VMAs". MTV News. Retrieved August 25, 2022.
  16. ^ a b Serrano, Athena (August 26, 2022). "Avril Lavigne, Chlöe Bailey, Latto, And More To Present The 2022 VMAs". MTV News. Retrieved August 26, 2022.
  17. ^ "Your 2022 VMA Nominations Are Here: Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X Lead The Pack". MTV. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  18. ^ a b Grein, Paul (August 19, 2022). "Will BTS Make It Four in a Row as Group of the Year at 2022 MTV VMAs?". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2022.