MTV announced the winners of the 2018 Video Music Awards (VMAs) during a 160-minute ceremony televised on MTV as well as on several other Viacom-owned cable networks from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, August 20, 2018.
Cardi B — winner of three VMAs, including Best New Artist — kicked off the ceremony cradling what initially appeared as her newborn baby but was actually a Moon Person award.
Jennifer Lopez performed an extensive medley of her 20 years of hit songs prior to accepting this year’s Video Vanguard Award.
In an underwhelming tribute to Aretha Franklin near the close of the ceremony, Madonna recalled being at an audition (prior to achieving fame) and singing the song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. She later said her career would not have happened “or could have happened without our ‘Lady of Soul’…Thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” Madonna would then present the award for Video of the Year.
The night’s guest presenters included “Night School” stars Tiffany Haddish & Kevin Hart, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Ken Jeong, Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Amandla Stenberg “The Hate U Give”), and Anna Kendrick & Blake Lively (“A Simple Favor”).
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records
SONG OF THE YEAR
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records
BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
BEST HIP HOP
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records
VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai
BEST ART DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward
SONG OF SUMMER
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”