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Best Performances On 2022 MTV VMA

At this very moment, members of the online community are engaged in lively discussion regarding the performances they observed on stage as they celebrate the success of the music industry.

Even if you can't be there in person, this article will bring you the rundown of all the best performances at the 2022 MTV VMA.

The MTV VMAs took place on Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and featured some of the biggest names in music.

This year's VMAs were a joyous celebration with thrilling performances and stirring speeches.

Things Should You Know About 2022 MTV VMA

While performing at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, famous American rapper Nicki Minaj wore a pink dress and hair
While performing at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, famous American rapper Nicki Minaj wore a pink dress and hair

Find out who's hosting this year's Video Music Awards, as well as how to watch the show, who performed, and more information, right here.

The MTV Video Music Awards, also known as the VMAs, are an award show put on by the cable TV channel MTV to honor and recognize excellence in the world of music videos.

The 2022 Video Music Awards were broadcast on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 8 p.m.

The 2022 Video Music Awards were hosted by Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow, and LL Cool J.

It's the first time the show has had more than one host since 1986, and MTV explained in a statement that they made the decision because they wanted to take a "more innovative and unique approach" than single-host shows would allow.

One of the earliest representations of MTV, the trophy awarded to winners is a statue of an astronaut on the moon, also known as a "moonman."

However, Chris McCarthy, the CEO of MTV, announced in 2017 that the statue would now be referred to as a "Moon Person."

In this instance, a pre-show on the red carpet will start a little earlier.

The Video Music Awards will obviously be shown on MTV, which is its home network.

This year, though, it will also be shown at the same time on a number of other Paramount, Viacom, and CBS networks, such as:

  • CW
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Logo
  • MTV2
  • Nickelodeon
  • Paramount Network
  • Pop
  • TVLand and
  • VH1

But MTV hasn't said anything about the show being streamed on Paramount+, even though the 2021 VMAs did.

2022 MTV VMA Nominees

This year, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow have the most traditional nominations.

Each of them has seven nominations.

Last year's hosts, Doja Cat, and Harry Styles, who each have six nominations, are close behind.

Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and the Weekend all got five nominations each.

Doja Cat for "Woman," Drake with Future and Young Thug for "Way 2 Sexy," Ed Sheeran for "Shivers," Harry Styles for "As It Was," Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow for "Industry Baby," Olivia Rodrigo for "Brutal," and Taylor Swift for "All Too Well (Taylor's version)" will all be competing for the night's biggest prize, Video of the Year.

MTV also said that fans will be able to vote on MTV's Instagram until August 27 for special social categories like Group of the Year, Song of the Summer, and Album of the Year.

Blackpink, Foo Fighters, BTS, and more are all up for Group of the Year.

All of "About Damn Time" by Lizzo, "Late Night Talking" by Styles, and "Break My Soul" by Beyoncé are all songs that could win Song of the Summer.

Adele's album 30, Billie Eilish's album Happier Than Ever, and Harry Styles' album Harry's House are all up for Album of the Year.

VMA Performances 2022

Jack Harlow And Fergie, ‘First Class’ And 'Glamorous'

Fergie and Jack Harlow are dressed in glittery outfits as they perform in front of a wild audience
Fergie and Jack Harlow are dressed in glittery outfits as they perform in front of a wild audience

Harlow's VMAs performance was an instant classic, coming right after his big break with Lil Nas X's "Industry Baby" last summer.

Jack Harlow kicked off the celebration with a performance of his hit song "First Class," which features a sample from Fergie's hit song "Glamorous," which was released in 2006.

After that, she came out on stage with him and started singing her hit from "The Dutchess" while she was wearing a sparkly mini dress from "First Class."

This was her first time performing at the American Video Music Awards since the song had been made public.

The screaming crowd, which included several cuts to Taylor Swift's, was having a great time riding the nostalgia high, with Fergie and Harlow leading the way with their easy charm.

In fact, Pop Crave tweeted a video of Taylor Swift, an American singer-songwriter, enjoying the show.

One viewer of the video below commented that it's wonderful to see a tribute to this amazing song and how happy Taylor Swift and the audience are. What a legend!

Even though her performance didn't last very long, it was still great to see her at the Video Music Awards.

The following are the reactions online as they witness the first performance of the MTV VMA:

According to Jack Daniel:

I thinks it’s fascinating how we see artists like Avril Lavigne & Fergie with the current ones like Jack Harlow, Lil Nas x, Lizzo, Blackpink & Anitta. I love how diverse this year was at the #VMAs last exciting show I saw was probably in 2013.

One YouTube commentator said:

I feel like Fergie is overlooked. The amount of hits she did with Black Eyed Peas and some iconic songs from her solo career too. Her two solo albums are FLAWLESS. Ferg, come back! We need you now more than ever!

Jacinda, on the other hand, stated:

Jack Harlow is talented & intensely likable. I’ve only seen a couple of his interviews, the viral clip of him and Saweetie, heard a few songs, and now this performance .. and all I can think is that he comes off as sincere, charming, and grateful. And I love how he talks about his family, especially his mother.

Eminem And Snoop Dogg, 'From The D 2 The LBC'

The video shows Eminem and Snoop Dogg performing "From the D 2 the LBC" at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

The rap legends performed "live" for the first time in over 20 years, debuting their new song "From the D 2 the LBC."

MTV collaborated with Yuga Labs to realize an idea inspired by the Otherside metaverse.

Snoop and Eminem, both dressed in black and lounging on the couch, walked out onstage shortly after, with Snoop "smoking" a cartoonishly large joint to kick off the night's most talked-about performance.

As the song goes on, they are suddenly taken to a different world where they turn into cartoon versions of themselves and go on a crazy, colorful adventure.

In this story-based performance, as they each rap their parts, they change into monkeys and then back into people.

Mr. Funk, a YouTuber, stated:

Eminem sounded even better rapping this live. His vocal are super crisp. You can tell he puts in hours of practice to perfect the syllables and tone.

Ong Joon wrote in a comment section:

Two icons killing it! they sound just like the recorded version, Em really went that fast, that crisp. And the animation/cartoon was nice too! , it's like a continuation of the music video because of the similar looking visuals, very unique, never seen that in a live performance before, lovely execution.

Lastly, Ramesh Anirudh commented:

Em is one of the best live performers out there. Would've been much much better if they showed him rapping from the couch rather than a ps2 inspired animation.

Kane Brown Makes VMAs History

Kane Brown is performing on stage, surrounded by bright neon lights
Kane Brown is performing on stage, surrounded by bright neon lights

Kane Brown made history when he became the first male country artist to play on the show since it started in 1984.

Before this Sunday's show, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift were the only country acts to perform at the big MTV show.

After a branded mixed-reality promo set to his 2020 hit "Be Like That," Brown performed his pop-influenced single "Grand" in front of a live audience in nearby Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Brown wore a beige vest and brown-and-black pants that went with it while singing the song's lyrics on a stage with neon lights.

The 28-year-old singer started his show by walking through the crowd and coming out in front of a body of water.

He then made his way to the stage, which was lit up like a green box.

As they danced to his single "Grand," the crowd waved their green wristbands in the air to show them off.

Marshmello And Khalid

Marshmello is attired in a green outfit with an electric guitar, while Khalid is suited up in a sky blue patch outfit
Marshmello is attired in a green outfit with an electric guitar, while Khalid is suited up in a sky blue patch outfit

Marshmello and Khalid brought the good vibes to the crowd after some truly ground-breaking performances from all-stars like Jack Harlow and many more.

Khalid jumped up on stage and jammed out with Marshmello and a group of dancers styled in denim for the rest of the song, while the audience at home was treated to a kaleidoscope of neon colors distorting the performance.

Khalid's silky vocals were on point as usual when he and electronic artist Marshmello performed their upbeat collaboration "Numb."

This was their second time working together; their first was 2017's "Silence."

Of course, their presence wasn't limited to merely performing.

At Sunday's awards show, "Numb" was up for Song of the Summer.

However, a large part of the performance was very blurry and out of focus because of a psychedelic camera filter.

This made many viewers feel dizzy, which they said on Twitter.

Blackpink Fired Up The VMAs 'Pink Venom'

The Blackpink have finally taken the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), where their appearance had been eagerly anticipated.

The girl group made their way down the red carpet the day before the award show.

As first-time attendees and performers at the MTV Video Music Awards, Blackpink dominated the stage during their set.

Rosé, Jennie, Jisoo, and Lisa have just finished performing "Pink Venom" at their first American award show.

As usual, the vocals were stunning.

Taylor Swift was among those who gushed over the clips on Twitter.

Then, Blackpink is nominated for two awards: Best Metaverse Performance and Best Group, while member Lisa is nominated for Best K-Pop Song ("LALISA").

In the video, you may see that as the stage went dark, a pink cloud slowly floated above it.

Pink lasers traced a triangle on the back wall, while traditional Korean geomungo strings were plucked.

As the quartet and a group of backup dancers took the stage, colorful smoke spread across the stage.

Then, a triangular piece of concrete was put up as a backdrop on the stage.

As the song got to the end, the background changed to a 3-D effect of pulsating pink smoke that flashed and boomed with each thunderous bass rattle.

Blackpink had already won a Moon Person award for Best Metaverse Performance by the time they went on stage.

J Balvin And Ryan Castro, 'Nivel De Perreo'

Melissa Jefferson, better known as Lizzo, gave it her all while performing on stage in a pink outfit
Melissa Jefferson, better known as Lizzo, gave it her all while performing on stage in a pink outfit

At the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, Lizzo played two of the album's most popular tracks.

The pop star took the stage on Sunday night (August 28), opening with "About Damn Time," before moving right into "2 Be Loved."

Lizzo, accompanied by her dancers and dressed in a spectacularly shimmering pink one-piece, danced around the stage while singing her hit single "2 Be Loved."

Backdropped by a kaleidoscope of flashing neon pink, yellow, and blue light VFX, she gave a captivating performance.

When Lizzo's fiery performance of "2 Be Loved" ended, the crowd erupted into a standing ovation.

There are a total of five Video Music Awards up for grabs this year, and Lizzo is up for two of them: Video of the Year and Song of the Year for "About Damn Time."

Måneskin

Damiano David of The Måneskin is half naked performing to the audience during MTV awards night
Damiano David of The Måneskin is half naked performing to the audience during MTV awards night

Maneskin made their first appearance at the MTV VMAs while performing a racy cover of "Supermodel"at the ceremony.

Although they are known for their daring sense of style, a nip slip at the 2022 Video Music Awards was unintentional.

For their song "Supermodel," Mneskin brought along some dancers to accompany singer Damiano David, who rocked out in nothing but a pair of assless chaps and a leather thong.

The Italian band's bassist, Victoria De Angelis, had her breasts exposed when her sequined black top slipped off her shoulder during their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Though a silver nipple pasty covered one of her breasts, the other was bare.

MTV swiftly removed the offensive content from the broadcast.

De Angelis, along with band mates David, Ethan Torchio, and Thomas Raggi, walked the MTV black carpet before taking the stage looking fabulous.

Her top was a black one-shoulder number with silver heart-shaped paste jewels sewn into the lower portion of the garment.

She wore thigh-high black boots and black hot pants with the top.

David wore a sheer black cape over his black pants to match the rest of the band's all-black and silver getup, which they coordinated for their night out after winning Eurovision.

VMA Performers 2022 Bad Bunny

At the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, Bad Bunny sings "Titi Me Pregunto."

Here are some of the reactions of the viewers online:

Kevin Hendricks said:

"se nota como ha mejorado mucho vocalmente, me gusta que de verdad se tome en serio el cantar en vivo, y no solo dejar la canción de fondo como haría cualquier artista urbano."

(It shows how much he has improved vocally, I like that he really takes singing live seriously, and not just leave the song in the background like any urban artist would do.)

Angel Villavicencio posted in a comment section, where it reads:

"Quien iba a pensar que en algún momento los Vmas iban a estar llenos de presentaciones en español, los latinos dominando los premios y siendo lo más relevante. Eso demuestra el poder e impacto de nuestra cultura, arriba Latinoamérica siempre!"

(Who would have thought that at some point the Vmas would be full of presentations in Spanish, Latinos dominating the awards and being the most relevant. That shows the power and impact of our culture, above Latin America always!)

Anitta VMA 2022

The singer started her show at the top of a pyramid with many levels.

She slowly moved down to the floor of the main stage at the Prudential Center, where she acted.

The performer is the first Brazilian artist to ever be nominated for a VMA, and she also won her first Moon Person.

People Also Ask

Who Went To The VMAs 2022?

Co-hosts Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Mneskin, J Balvin, Anitta, Bad Bunny, Blackpink, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flo Milli, and many others all performed at the 2022 show.

What Awards Did Taylor Swift Win At The VMAs 2022?

Taylor Swift took home three VMAs in 2022, including video of the year, best long-form video, and best direction for "All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)."

Why Was Johnny Depp At The VMAs?

Hovering from the ceiling, Depp, or rather a digital representation of his face, appeared inside the Moon Person's helmet, the VMA mascot.

Then, he helped move the show from award presentations to music for most of the show.

But he also took advantage of the situation to crack jokes.

Conclusion

All of the MTV VMA performers deserve praise and appreciation for a job well done!

The event was well-attended by a large number of viewers and fans.

You can look online for more of the best MTV VMA 2022 performances and reactions from the online community.

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