Top Moments You May Have Missed at the 2019 VMAs


August 29, 2019

The MTV Video Music Awards is one of the most highly anticipated awards shows in the pop music industry each year. Thousands of people tune in to watch all of their favorite celebs strut their stuff on the runway and perform their most popular songs on the big stage. If you were one of the few people that missed out on the award show, no worries, we’ve got you covered! From who won the top awards, to the best performances, here is all  that you need to know about what went down at the 2019 VMAs.

Taylor Swift Gets Political

After opening the VMAs with an exciting rendition of "You Need to Calm Down" and performing her new song “Lover”, T Swizzle took home 3 VMAs, including Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down”.

During her acceptance speech,  Swift brought attention to her Equality Act petition saying “In the ‘You Need to Calm Down’ video, several points were made, so you voting for the video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify.” She went on to say, “I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount that it would need to warrant a response from the White House.”

Lizzo Steals the Show with Medley of “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell”

The “Juice” singer took the stage on Monday singing two of her most popular songs surrounded by powerful women of color to help her deliver an epic performance. Lizzo not only blew the crowd away with her amazing talent, but she also took the opportunity to speak out about the importance of body positivity. The 30-year-old decided to stop singing mid performance to express her views saying, “It’s so hard trying to love yourself in a world that doesn’t love you back.” She also said that she wants everyone to feel “good as hell.”


You deserve to feel Good As Hell, we deserve to feel Good As Hell. This moment is still with me.

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Missy Elliott Wins Video Vanguard Award

The music icon was awarded this prestigious award after performing a medley of her greatest hits. She even reunited with Alyson Stoner for the performance of “Work it”. The now 26-year-old took the stage to dance just as she did in Elliott’s “Work It” video in 2002. During her Video Vanguard acceptance speech, the singer held back tears saying, “This Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award means so much to me, I have worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought that I would be standing here receiving this award.”


It was good day at the office... 👀💪🏼 I’m currently piecing together words for such a surreal and visceral experience. Above all, can we first acknowledge the joy and unifying power that characterizes @missymisdemeanorelliott legacy and musicianship?? This nostalgic and transcendent moment is shared among all of us, as equal participants from every corner of every neighborhood and generation, because of Missy’s unsurpassable ability to stand firmly at the intersection of culture, innovation, mass media, authenticity, diligence, and spirit. She is a timeless and genuine beacon of light, and we’re blessed that she’s still writing new chapters. (Younger followers: google Missy Elliott and give me a 3-page report on your findings, due Thursday.) Just wait til you hear how it all went down......... ❤️😄 . . #accessibility text: Alyson dances in a bright yellow Adidas tracksuit on stage at the VMAs. She is solo, performing some original choreography from earlier music videos as well as adding some new floorwork. The crowd is cheering passionately in celebration.

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Perform “Senorita” Live for the First Time

“Shawmila” fans were ecstatic to see the rumored couple take the stage to sing their smash hit. The two singers delighted all with their killer vocals and steamy dance moves, even teasing the crowd by almost kissing onstage during the performance. Even Sophia Turner and Joe Jonas couldn’t contain their emotions after the fake-out, as the two were seen in the crowd with shocked expressions plastered on their faces.

Lil Nas X Wins Song of the Year for “Old Town Road”

The rising star won his first-ever award on Monday night. He took the stage with Billy Ray Cyrus to accept the award "I want to say thank you to this man for helping me take my career to the next level," he said, pointing to Cyrus. Lil Nas X definitely broke the internet with this hit song, and he did it again when he unrolled a very long scroll for his acceptance speech.


i was with the jokes last night but really i want to thank my dad for paying my phone bill every month while watching me try to make a career from memes. i want to thank my sister bianca for letting me leach off of her while promoting my music online lol. i want to thank my brother tramon for driving me to the studio that night! i want to thank the engineer cinco for getting my vocals right for this song. i want to thank kio for putting together this amazing beat. i want to thank trent reznor for allowing this song to continue to flourish. i want to thank ron perry for the dedication he showed to making this song go diamond. i want to thank wes & zach for every place they have got me too along this ride. i want to thank kj rose for the confidence she puts in me to go out on stage. i want to think phylicia and tiara for being the big sisters i need. i want to thank calmatic for putting together such an amazing video. i want to thank my nephew chase for being my first real fan. thank you to all the fans who keep me going everyday! and thank you to anyone i missed!!! ❤️❤️😌

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Normani Wins Over the Crowd with Killer Dance Moves

The former Fifth Harmony member performed her hit song “Motivation”. The song went viral over the past month for its ground-breaking video. Normani rocked a magenta two-piece outfit and performed an insanely difficult dance routine consisting of her now-famous handstand into a split. Despite a slight wardrobe malfunction, the singer still put on a captivating show and looked beautiful doing it! 

Miley Cyrus Gives an Emotional Performance of “Slide Away”

Just weeks after the news broke of Miley Cyrus’ split from Liam Hemsworth, she performed her new song “Slide Away”, which appears to be about the breakup. The performance was shown in black and white, adding to the somber feel of the song. Many fans held back tears as Cyrus sang, and her parents, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus cheered on their daughter from the audience.


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