2018 MTV Video Music Awards: Camila Cabello, Cardi B win big

August 20, 2018

by Carla Hay

It was a big night for female artists at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, which took place August 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Camila Cabello won the prizes for Video of the Year (for “Havana”) and Artist of the Year. Cardi B won the most awards (three): Best New Artist; Best Collaboration (for teaming up with DJ Khaled on Jennifer Lopez’s “Dinero”); and Song of the Summer (for “I Like It,” her collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny).

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez gave a powerhouse performance before accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. During her high-energy, dance-filled performance, she did a medley of her hits, including “Waiting for Tonight,” “On the Floor,” “Ain’t Your Mama,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” Get Right,” “Jenny From the Block” and “Dinero.” She was also joined by Ja Rule for “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny.” During her speech, she thanked her family, friends and business associates, and gave her biggest thanks to her twins Max and Emme: “Everything changed,” she said of the “two angels” who came into her life. “I knew I had to be better. I knew I had to go higher, I had to be stronger than I had been before.”

Before presenting the award for Video of the Year, Madonna gave tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer on August 16, by telling a story of how listening to the Queen of Soul’s music motivated and influenced her when Madonna was a struggling artist.

Other multiple winners were Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” which won three prizes: Best Video With a Message, Best Direction and Best Choreography.  “Apeshit” from The Carters (also Beyoncé and Jay-Z), which was filmed at The Louvre in Paris, won the awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. J Balvin also won two prizes: the aforementioned Song of the Summer (for “I Like It” with Cardi B and Bad Bunny) and Best Latin Video for “Mi Gente” with Willy William.

The show closed with a surprise collaboration between Aerosmith and Post Malone, who performed “Toys in the Attic” together. Before he joined Aerosmith on stage, Post Malone performed “Rockstar” with 21 Savage. Earlier that night, “Rockstar” won the award for Song of the Year.

Other performers included Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj (who performed at the Oculus near the World Trade Center), Travis Scott featuring James Blake, Shawn Mendes, Maluma, Panic! At the Disco and Logic featuring Ryan Tedder. For the first time, the MTV VMAs had a PUSH stage to showcase emerging artists during the show who were named MTV’s PUSH artist in the past year. Hayley Kiyoko, Jessie Reyez, Juice WRLD and PRETTYMUCH were the performers on on the first-ever VMAs PUSH Artist Stage.

Presenters included Backstreet Boys, Millie Bobby Brown, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, G-Eazy, Jimmy Fallon, Gucci Mane, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Keegan-Michael Key, Kyle, Karlie Kloss, Lenny Kravitz, Lil Uzi Vert, Blake Lively, Shay Mitchell, Olivia Munn, Rita Ora, Liam Payne, Bebe Rexha, Shanina Shaik, Amandla Stenberg and Teyana Taylor.

At the VMAs pre-show, the performers were Backstreet Boys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine. For the first time, the MTV VMAs will have a PUSH Artist stage for emerging artists to perform at before the show. The artists selected to perform on this stage are Bazzi, Hayley Kiyoko, Jessie Reyez, Juice WRLD and PRETTYMUCH.

Here is the complete list of winners at the 2018 MTV VMAs:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records*
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records*
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Post Malone – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar” – Republic Records*

SONG OF THE SUMMER
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It” – KSR/Atlantic Records*
DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo – “No Brainer” – We the Best/Epic Records
Drake – “In My Feelings” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up” – 10 Summers/Interscope Records
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams” – Interscope Records
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B – “Girls Like You” – Interscope Records
Post Malone – “Better Now” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)
Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records*
Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records
Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

BEST COLLABORATION
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” – Warner Bros. Records
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions*
Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
JUNE 2018 – Sigrid – Island Records
MAY 2018 – Lil Xan – Columbia Records
APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records*
MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez – Island Records
FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley – 300 Entertainment
JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs – Island Records
DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal – Syco Music/Columbia Records
NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We – Atlantic Records
OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH – Syco Music/Columbia Records
SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records
AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill – Def Jam Recordings
JULY 2017 – Khalid – RCA Records
JUNE 2017 – Kyle – Atlantic Records
MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus – Republic Records

BEST POP
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records*
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” – Island Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
P!nk – “What About Us” – RCA Records
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records

BEST HIP HOP
Cardi B featuring 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” – KSR/Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records
Migos featuring Drake – “Walk It Talk It” – Quality Control/Capitol Records
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” – Young Money/Cash Money Records*

BEST LATIN
Daddy Yankee – “Dura” – El Cartel Records/UMLE
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” – UMLE/Republic Records*
Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” – UMLE/Republic/Island/Universal Music Latino
Maluma – “Felices los 4” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin
Shakira featuring Maluma – “Chantaje” – Sony Music Entertainment US Latin

BEST DANCE
Avicii featuring Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records*
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” – Columbia Records
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” – Disruptor Records/Columbia Records
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” – Atlantic Records
Marshmello featuring Khalid – “Silence” – RCA Records/Ultra Records
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)” – Interscope Records

BEST ROCK
Fall Out Boy – “Champion” – Island Records
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” – RCA Records
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” – KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records*
Linkin Park – “One More Light” – Warner Bros. Records
Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water” – Interscope Records

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records*
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated” – Columbia Records
Drake – ‘God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper” – Island Records
Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” – Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie*
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Cinematography by Larkin Seiple
Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick Meller
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

BEST DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Directed by Ricky Saix
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Directed by Hiro Murai*
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records – Directed by Karena Evans
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records – Directed by Jason Koenig
Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” – RCA Records – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Directed by Jay Martin

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue*
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Art Direction by Jason Kisvarday
J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records – Art Direction by Miles Mullin
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Art Direction by Pepper Nguyen
SZA – “The Weekend” – TDE/RCA Records – Art Direction by SZA and Solange
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for Buf
Avicii featuring Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Geffen Records – Visual Effects by KPP
Eminem featuring Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive Studios
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris*
Maroon 5 – “Wait” – 222/Interscope Records – Visual Effects by TIMBER
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara Bivens
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel Knight
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Choreography by Sherrie Silver*
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF” – Warner Bros. Records – Choreography by Marion Motin
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy” – RCA Records – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

BEST EDITING
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records – Editing by Jacquelyn London
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Taylor Ward and Sam Ostrove
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Editing by Ernie Gilbert
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Editing by Deji Laray
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records – Editing by Taylor Ward*
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo