Camila Cabello Takes Home Top Artist of the Year Award

Published August 22nd, 2018 - 06:00 GMT
Camila Cabello Also won Best video of the Year (Source: PAUL ZIMMERMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP )
Camila Cabello Also won Best video of the Year (Source: PAUL ZIMMERMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP )

The MTV Video Music Awards are always full of wild moments and 2018's ceremony was no different.

Camila Cabello earned two of the show's top honors, winning both the Video Of The Year and Artist Of The Year award.

Cardi B was another big winner. The rapper brought home the Best New Artist moon man and won Best Collaboration for her song Dinero with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khalid. 

Speaking after her win for Video of the Year presented by superstar Madonna Camila said: 'My hands are literally shaking. I am never going to forget this moment ever in my life. 

'Madonna, I love you so so much, I’ve seen every single music video of yours, I’ve seen every single documentary of yours, you’ve inspired me so much. For that reason, this is a surreal moment and I love you, seriously. I can’t believe it.'

'Video of the Year, wow. Thank you so much all of my fans for voting. I want to thank Dave Myers for being an incredible director and collaborator, and for putting up with me blowing up his phone every time we make a music video. 

'I wanna thank the amazing choreographers on this music video, I wanna thank all the amazing actors in the video, I wanna thank my family who inspired this music video, I wanna thank my fans again, and honestly I dedicate this to Madonna. Thank you!'

One of the strangest moments of the evening came ahead of that final award presented by Madonna.

What started as an off-hand tribute to the late, great Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin ended up as a long-winded personal anecdote from the Material Girl, who went on a tangent about her early days.

Trying to explain how her career wouldn't exist without the Respect singer, the Like A Prayer songstress went into a detailed account of her early days coming up in the industry.

While the anecdote went on for minutes, there was little mention of the Queen Of Soul up until the very end.

She then presented the Video Of The Year honor, which went to Camila Cabello.

Earlier on in the show, Best Pop song went to Ariana Grande, who was sure to thank her love Pete Davidson in her acceptance speech.

After thanking her fans, friends and creative team she was sure to send her fiance love, telling him: 'Pete Davidson, thank you for existing,' before skipping off stage.

Cardi B started things off with a laugh as she brought a pink bundle of blankets onto the stage to welcome the audience.

Though fans and fellow celebs hoped the I Like It singer was introducing the world to her newborn daughter Kulture, they were surprised with something a little less lively.

The awards show was the I Like It rappers first return to the stage since giving birth to Kulture besides husband Offset in late July.

'What's poppin' everybody? Welcome to New York!' the rapper told the crowd while donning a glamorous red gown.

'I got a little surprise for you, you know what I'm saying,' sassed the star before unwrapping her blanketed bundle.

Instead of her pride and joy, the New Yorker revealed one of the VMA's coveted Moon Man awards.

The starlet was one of the evening's top contenders with with 10 nominations. 

The rapper is up for video of the year with Finesse, her collaboration with Bruno Mars. 

The song's video, inspired by the 1990s sketch comedy series In Living Color, is also nominated for four other honors.

For the top prize, Cardi B and Mars will compete with Childish Gambino's This Is America, Drake's God's Plan, Beyonce and Jay-Z's Apes**t, Camila Cabello's Havana and Ariana Grande's No Tears Left to Cry.

Comedy duo Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish were the next to take the stage.

They took the opportunity to make fun of face tattoos, celeb engagements and four-fifths of the girl group Fifth Harmony.

Then they presented the first honor, which went to Nicki Minaj for her track Chun Li. 

Taking the stage for her speech, the Ganja Burn rapper gave a shout out to Ariana, who is one of her favorite collaborators.

The Pink Print artist also gave a shout-out to Normani Kordei, formerly of Fifth Harmony, telling jokesters Kevin and Tiffany: 'Don't come for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that b****.'

She ended her speech on an ominous note, telling crowds to 'Tune into Queen Radio so you can know who the f*** up of the day award is going to.'

Though she didn't name names, earlier in the day Kylie Jenner and boyfriend Travis Scott were the target of Nicki's outrage. 

Next artist Bazzi, who is nominated for Best New Artist, performed his track Beautiful.

Blake Lively and her A Simple Favor co-star Anna Kendrick presented Ariana's Best Pop award along with a team of Radio City Rockette dancers. 

The Best Pop honor, which went to Ariana, was followed up by a performance by rapper Logic and his One Day track-mate Ryan Tedder. 

While Logic sent a message with a black shirt that read 'F*** the wall', he was joined on stage by teams of teens wearing tops with the words 'We are all human beings' upon them. 

Jimmy Fallon introduced Panic At The Disco! who performed a rousing rendition of High Hopes. 

The Backstreet Boys took the stage to present Song Of The Year, a topic the early 2000s hitmakers were surely familiar with.

Sing-a-long: Song Of The Year went to Post Malone for his track Rockstar, which also features 21 Savage

The award went to Post-Malone, who was greeted by rappers Gucci Mane, Quavo, and track-mate 21 Savage, proving his rhymes were respected by the best of the industry.

After winning Best Hip Hop earlier in the evening, Nicki Minaj took the stage for a fierce performance. 

The Barbie Tingz songstress sauntered around a regal gold set piece while dancers twerked around her.

Her short blonde bob was a serious change from the flowing raven locks she wore on the red carpet earlier.

She donned a wild pink robe on top of a solid metal bodysuit, later ditching her fuchsia layer as she broke into her track Barbie Dreamz.

During the song she jokingly dissed Karrueche, Fetty Wap, Drake and more.

Her short blonde bob was a serious change from the flowing raven locks she wore on the red carpet earlier.

She donned a wild pink robe on top of a solid metal bodysuit, later ditching her fuchsia layer as she broke into her track Barbie Dreamz.

During the song she jokingly dissed Karrueche, Fetty Wap, Drake and more.

Brand ambition: Jenny From The Block wowed in fur and gold Versace 

After breaking through a wall emblazoned with 'Jenny From The Block' in graffiti, she twerked in a shimmering gold look that came with a matching New York Yankees caps.

It served as a shout out to her hometown and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, who played for the Yanks. 

Taking the stage to accept the grand honor, Jennifer gave a heartfelt speech.

'I grew up on MTV. This is really like, a tremendous honor for me. It has been an incredible journey of dreaming my wildest dreams, and then kind of watching them come true.

'Music, acting, performing, this career has always been kind of an obsession for me. When people have said, you know "You're doing too much. You can only do one thing."

'I always had it in my mind, I was always a person who was like, 'Why not? Why not?' So, I kind of had to to force my own path, make my own rules. And I was obsessed like that I liked it that way for a while. Just working and working and working.

She also credited her eight-year-old twins Max and Emme, who were in the crowd, with making her a 'stronger and better' person 'than ever.'

'It wasn’t until I had two little angels come into my life that everything changed,' said the superstar. 

'I knew I had to be better, I knew I had to go higher, I knew I had to be stronger than I had been before. It was through that unconditional love that my career and my whole life became clearer in every way. And now, today, I stand here stronger and better than ever. So thank you Max and Emme, there’s so much more to do and I know in my heart that the future is even brighter than anything I could’ve accomplished now because of you.'

Some of her most touching words were for partner Alex Rodriguez, who she told: 'You are like my twin soul. We are like mirror images of each other. 

'My life is sweeter and better with you in it because you make me realize that every day, the sky is not the limit. The universe is infinite, and so is what we can accomplish together, with love and trust and understanding. 

'There so much more to do and to experience, and there is nobody I would rather do it with, baby. You are my macho, and I love you.

Ariana Grande was the next person to stun on stage during a performance of her track God Is A Woman.

It looked like the songstress was part of a Last Supper style tableau, slinking around stage in front of a set of Corinthian columns.

She simply smoldered in a gold gladiator-inspired frock while surrounding dancers rocked cross earrings and crowns wearing slinky interpretations of ancient-world togas and robes. 

Michael Keenan Key and Olivia Munn presented Artist Of The Year Award, which went to Camila Cabello, who beat out Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, and Ariana Grande for the honor.

'I'm so honored to be in category with such incredible nominees,' said the former Fifth Harmonizer.

Up-and-coming boyband Pretty Much performed their song Summer Of You. 

Hollywood newcomer Millie Bobby Brown presented the award for Best New Artist, which was voted on by the public. 

The VMA went to crowd favorite Cardi B, who needed help getting to the stage because of the flowing train of her crimson gown.

She hit back at people who 'mom-shamed' her, telling audiences 'A couple of months ago, a lot of people were saying, "You’re gambling your career, you’re about to have a baby, what are you doing?" 

'You know, I had a baby, I carried the baby and now I’m still winning awards!' she said, 'I want to thank all my fans, my family that supported me. All the love. All the love that my fans, that my friend, that everybody shows me is genuine, it’s beautiful – and that’s something God gave me that you can’t buy, b****.' 

DJ Khalid introduced Travis Scott, who just released his chart-topping album Astro World. His performance included a brief duet with English talent James Blake.

Girlfriend Kylie Jenner was seen rocking out from the audience as he performed a hyped up version of his track Sicko Mode.

They didn't interact with Nicki Minaj, who earlier on Twitter claimed that Travis only had the number one album because of his very famous girlfriend. 

Gucci Mane presented Best Collaboration, which went to J. Lo, Cardi B and DJ Khalid for their track Dinero.

The ladies had time to change from their earlier outfits.

New mom Cardi rocked a ruffling black look while the Video Vanguard winner dazzled in a metallic high-low creation.

Speaking on behalf of Jenny From The Block, the I Like It rapper told the crowd: 'I just wanna say Bronx b*****s is poppin'.'

The next award was for Video With A Message, which went to Childish Gambino's This Is America.

Choreographer Sherrie Silver took the stage to accept the award for the video, which also won best direction and choreography moon-men.

After Madonna demanded attention ahead of giving out the Video Of The Year Award to Camila Cabello, Post Malone took the stage for a performance.

The rapper, real name Austin Richard Post, wandered through the backstage area in a happy-face emblazoned suit before getting on stage.

Things turned up to 11 when Aerosmith chimed in, performing their classic Dream On with the rapper joining in.

Frontman Steven Tyler crooned while Post Malone played guitar behind Aerosmith's six-string star Joe Perry as the show came to a close.

Smile! Post Malone wore an airbrushed smiley face suit while performing. He also added a silver guitar later


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