Unhealthy Bunny, the Puerto Rican Latin entice and reggaeton artist who’s among the many world’s largest stars, scored MTV’s artist of the yr award Sunday on the annual Video Music Awards. However the performer was conspicuously absent from the present: he was busy along with his personal blockbuster tour, enjoying the second night time of a offered out live performance at Yankee Stadium that over the weekend drew some 100,000 followers.
Unhealthy Bunny, carrying a satin pink swimsuit and white sun shades, accepted the award by way of video and likewise delivered a seismic efficiency of his smash “Titi Me Pregunto” from the baseball stadium in New York, the place the tune has soundtracked the streets for months. “Thanks a lot, New York,” the 28-year-old stated in Spanish to resounding applause.
“From the start I at all times believed that I may very well be nice, that I may very well be one of many largest stars on the earth, with out altering my tradition, my language,” he stated. “I’m Benito Antonio Martinez from Puerto Rico — for the entire world.”
In a positive signal that pandemic-stymied touring was again in full swing, one other of the yr’s largest stars, Harry Types, additionally couldn’t make it to the VMAs — which aired from New Jersey’s Prudential Middle — attributable to his personal present at Madison Sq. Backyard.
The artist who dropped “Harry’s Home” this yr additionally accepted his award for the yr’s greatest album by way of video, earlier than heading again to his personal world live performance run.
Swift album on the best way
Taylor Swift was additionally among the many night time’s massive winners, turning heads on the purple carpet in a gown dripping with crystals earlier than profitable the night time’s prime prize of music video of the yr for her 10-minute-long movie “All Too Properly.”
“I’m so happy with what we made,” stated the 32-year-old, who has been making good on her vow to re-record her first six albums so she will be able to management the rights to them. “We wouldn’t have been in a position to make this quick movie if it weren’t for you, the followers,” Swift stated onstage. “As a result of I wouldn’t be capable of re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You emboldened me to do this.”
She then gave followers a present in return, asserting that her new album will come out October 21. Shortly after the published’s finish, the megastar revealed the brand new undertaking’s title. “Midnights, the tales of 13 sleepless nights scattered all through my life, will likely be out October 21. Meet me at midnight,” she wrote on social media.
Hip hop famous person Nicki Minaj reigned over the night because the 2022 recipient of the distinguished Video Vanguard Award.
Sporting her signature pink wig, the hip-hop icon from Queens delivered a medley of her hits together with “Tremendous Bass” and her most up-to-date single “Tremendous Freaky Lady.”
Brazil’s Anitta additionally turned heads with a booty-popping efficiency earlier than profitable the award for greatest Latin video for “Envolver.”
“I used to be born and raised within the ghetto of Brazil, and for whoever was born there, we’d by no means suppose this was doable,” she stated when accepting the trophy.
Johnny Depp seems
Iconic stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong awarded the Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers with the International Icon Award, earlier than the California rockers carried out and likewise paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins, the late Foo Fighters drummer. Eminem and Snoop Dogg opened their efficiency sitting on a sofa as Snoop smoked an enormous — albeit pretend — blunt, earlier than the pair headed to the metaverse for a trippy, animated efficiency of their newest collaboration “From the D 2 the LBC.”
Marshmello and Khalid carried out “Numb” with neon, disorienting visuals that created a short however heady rave impact, whereas South Korea’s Blackpink gave their first present at a US awards night time ever. Lizzo additionally carried out earlier than scoring the Video For Good award — which honors movies with social or political messages — for her tune “About Rattling Time.”
Sporting a cone-bra corseted gown that recalled Madonna, the famous person thanked followers for voting for her to obtain the award earlier than nodding to US politics. “Vote to alter a few of these legal guidelines which are oppressing us,” the star urged.
And on the awards present that’s traditionally much better identified for its antics than precise prizes, Johnny Depp — contemporary off his controversial defamation trial in opposition to his ex-partner Amber Heard — appeared because the MTV Moonman, his head digitally superimposed on the flying astronaut. “ what? I wanted the work,” stated the 59-year-old actor. — AFP