The 35 annual MTV video award held on Monday, August 20, at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY, the 2018 VMAS appears to be an interesting one with a number of stars present as well absent.
The event was open by the Bronx native and new mom Cardi b dressed in a gorgeous red gown who appeared on the stage with a pink cloth wrapped in it was an award, this was pretty confusing thought she came with at her baby to the stage.
Modonna, Jennifer Lopez who stuns in a silver metallic gown, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Cardi b, and many more were present at the event. while icons such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Rihanna, to name a few were absent at the show, though Rihanna’s absence may be explained by her recent trip to Cuba, where she was seen with Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.
Global superstar Jennifer Lopez was honoured with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her influential contributions to music, television dance, film, business, and philanthropy, after her epic vanguard performance, the superstar also went home with the Best Collaboration award.
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: Ariana Grande performs onstage
Nicki Minaj gave an iconic performance of her “Ganja Burn”, “Barbie dreams”, and “Majesty” as well as “Fefe”, other performances were not left out, Ariana Grande performed “god is a woman”, Post Malone and Aerosmith ft. 21 Savage live performance of “rockstar” and “dream on toys in the attic”. Camila Cabella is made the new Dancing Queen of the MTV Video Music Award.
Awkward moment where Exes were seen together, former couple Amber Rose and 21 savage were present, Black Chyna and Tyga as well were spotted together.
As superstar Madonna present the 2018 MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, she took time to give a lengthy speech in honour of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, she centred on how Aretha’s song helped her build a career in the Music industry, she quoted, “Aretha Franklin changed the course of her life”
Read the full transcript of her speech below.
“Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life. I left Detroit when I was 18. Thirty-five dollars in my pocket. My dream was to make it as a professional dancer. After years of struggling and being broke, I decided to go to auditions for musical theatre. I heard the pay was better. I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer, but I went for it.
I got cut and rejected from every audition. Not tall enough. Not blend-in enough, not 12-octave-range enough, not pretty enough, not enough, enough. And then one day, a French disco sensation was looking for backup singers and dancers for his world tour. I thought, ‘Why not? I could go back to getting robbed, held at gunpoint, and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third-floor walk-up that was also a crack house.’ That’s right, I’m a rebel heart.
So I showed up to the audition, and two very large French record producers sat in the empty theatre, daring me to be amazing. The dance audition went well. Then they asked me if I had sheet music and a song prepared. I panicked. I had overlooked this important part of the audition process. I had to think fast. My next meal was on the line. Fortunately, one of my favourite albums was Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin. I blurted out, “You make me feel.” Silence. “You make me feel like a natural woman.”
Two French guys nodded at me. I said, “You know, by Aretha Franklin.” Again, mm-hmm. They looked over at the pianist. He shook his head. I don’t need sheet music, I said, I know every word. I know the song by heart, I will sing it a capella. I could see that they didn’t take me seriously, and why should they? Some skinny-ass while girl is going to come up here and belt out a song by one of the greatest soul singers who ever lived? A capella? I said, ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna.’ No, I didn’t. I didn’t say that. Because I wasn’t Madonna yet. I don’t know who I was.
I don’t know I said. I don’t know what came over me. I walked to the edge of the pitch black stage and started singing. When I was finished and drenched in nerve sweat. You know what that is, right nerve sweat? They said, ‘We will call you one day, maybe soon.’ Weeks went by and no phone call. Finally, the phone rang, it was one of the producers, saying. ‘We don’t think you are right for this job.’ I’m like, ‘Motherfucker, why are you calling me?’ He replied, ‘We think you have great potential. You are rough around the edges, but there is good rawness. We want to bring you to Paris and make you a star. Well, we will put you in a studio, with the great Giorgio Moroder.’ And I had no idea who that was, and I wanted to live in Paris and I wanted to eat some food. So, that was the beginning of my journey as a singer. I left for Paris, but I came back a few months later. Because I had not earned the life I was living. It felt wrong. They were good people but wanted to write my own songs and be a musician, not a puppet. I needed to go home and learn to play the guitar, and that’s exactly what I did. And the rest is history.
So. You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story. There is a connection, because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul. She leads me to where I am today. And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. In this room tonight. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Long live the queen.
Another anecdote I would like to share: In 1984, this is where the first VMAs were, in this very building. And I performed at this show. I sang “Like a Virgin” at the top of a cake. And on my way down, I lost a shoe, and I was rolling on the floor and trying to make it look like it was part of the choreography, looking for the missing stilleto, and my dress flew up, and my butt was exposed, and oh my God, quelle horror. After the show, my manager said my career was over. LOL. So. I would now like to present the nominees for the video of the year.”
Winners of the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, presented Monday at Radio City Music Hall in New York, includes;
Video of the year: Camila Cabella, “Havana”
Artist of the year: Camila Cabello
Song of the year: “Rockstar,” Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
Best new artist: Cardi B
Best collaboration: “Dinero,” Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled & Cardi B
Best pop: “No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande
Best hip hop: “Chun-li,” Nicki Minaj
Best Latin: “Mi Gente,” J Balvin and Willy William
Best dance: “Lonely Together,” Avicii featuring Rita Ora
Best rock: “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons
Video with a message: “This is America,” Childish Gambino
Song of summer: “”I Like It,” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
Best art direction: “Ape—-,” (The Carters) Jan Houlevigue
Best choreography: “This is America,” (Childish Gambino), Sherrie Silver
Best cinematography: “Ape—-,” (The Carters), Benoit Debie
Best direction: “This is America,” (Childish Gambino) Hiromurai
Best editing: “Lemon,” (N.E.R.D. and Rihanna), Taylor Ward
Best visual effects: “All the Stars” (Kendrick Lamar and SZA), Loris Paillier
Push artist of the year: Hayley Kiyoko
The 2018 VMAS Award was sure indeed a colourful, exciting, had explosive performances, unexpected celebrity appearances and surprises in store it was a one to remember.