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2018 MTV Video Music Awards

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2018 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV VMA logo.png
Date August 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)
Venue Radio City Music Hall,
(New York City, New York)
Country United States
Most awards Cardi B and Childish Gambino
(3 each)
Most nominations Cardi B (12)
Television/radio coverage
Network MTV, MTV2, VH1, MTV Classic, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Paramount Network, TV Land & BET Her

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards was held on August 20, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[1] The 35th annual award show aired live from the venue for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history. Cardi B led the list of nominations with twelve mentions and opened the show.[2][3] She and Childish Gambino were the most awarded of the night with three each.[4][5] Camila Cabello won Video of the Year and Artist of the Year,[6] while Jennifer Lopez became the first Latin artist to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Madonna's tribute to Aretha Franklin, who had died four days prior to the award show, received criticism from media outlets. Many viewers felt the pop singer's speech was poorly conceived and more focused on herself instead of Franklin's legacy. This edition of the MTV Video Music Awards saw yet another severe drop in ratings, only achieving a mere 2.2 million viewers on MTV, and only seeing 4.87 million viewers on all of its sister networks.[7]


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Bazzi "Mine"
Bryce Vine "Drew Barrymore"
Backstreet Boys "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Main show
Shawn Mendes "In My Blood"
Bazzi[A] "Beautiful"
Ryan Tedder
"One Day"
Panic! at the Disco "High Hopes"
Jessie Reyez[A] "Apple Juice"
Nicki Minaj "Majesty"
"Barbie Dreams"
"Ganja Burns"
(Live from the PATH World Trade Center station)
Hayley Kiyoko[A] "Curious"
Jennifer Lopez Medley
  1. "Waiting for Tonight"
  2. "On the Floor"
  3. "Dance Again"
  4. "Ain't Your Mama"
  5. "If You Had My Love (Pablo Flores Remix)"
  6. "El Anillo"/"Booty"
  7. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (with elements of "In My Feelings" and "Nice For What" by Drake)
  8. "I'm Glad"
  9. "Get Right"
  10. "All I Have"
  11. "Jenny from the Block" (with intro by DJ Khaled)
  12. "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" (with Ja Rule)
  13. "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)" (with Ja Rule)
  14. "Dinero" (with elements of "Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B and "Bitch Better Have My Money" by Rihanna) (with DJ Khaled)
Ariana Grande "God Is a Woman"
PrettyMuch[A] "Summer on You"
Travis Scott
James Blake
"Stop Trying to Be God"
"Sicko Mode"
Juice Wrld[A] "Lucid Dreams"
Maluma "Felices los 4"
Lauv "I Like Me Better"
(Part of a commercial sponsored by Extra)
Post Malone
21 Savage
"Rockstar" (Post Malone and 21 Savage)
"Dream On" (Aerosmith and Post Malone)
"Toys in the Attic" (Aerosmith and Post Malone)

A This artist performed as part of the Push Artist Stage.



  • Terrence J – presented Song of Summer and Push Artist of the Year

Main show


Winners and nominees

The nominees for most categories were revealed on July 16, 2018, via an IGTV video. Nominees for Song of Summer, however, were announced on August 13, 2018. Cardi B had the most nominations with 12,[3] with The Carters behind with 8, while Childish Gambino and Drake both received 7 nominations each.[10][11] Winners were announced on August 20, 2018, on the Video Music Awards broadcast.[12]

Video of the Year

Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug) — "Havana"

Artist of the Year

Camila Cabello

Song of the Year

Post Malone (featuring 21 Savage) – "Rockstar"

Best New Artist

Cardi B

Best Collaboration

Jennifer Lopez (featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B) – "Dinero"

Push Artist of the Year

Hayley Kiyoko

Best Pop

Ariana Grande – "No Tears Left to Cry"

Best Hip Hop

Nicki Minaj – "Chun-Li"

Best Latin

J Balvin and Willy William – "Mi Gente"

Best Dance

Avicii (featuring Rita Ora) – "Lonely Together"

Best Rock

Imagine Dragons – "Whatever It Takes"

Video with a Message

Childish Gambino – "This Is America"

Best Art Direction

The Carters – "Apeshit" (Art Directors: Jan Houllevigue and the Louvre)

Best Choreography

Childish Gambino – "This Is America" (Choreographer: Sherrie Silver)

Best Cinematography

The Carters – "Apeshit" (Director of Photography: Benoît Debie)

Best Direction

Childish Gambino – "This Is America" (Director: Hiro Murai)

Best Editing

N.E.R.D and Rihanna – "Lemon" (Editor: Taylor Ward)

Best Visual Effects

Kendrick Lamar and SZA – "All the Stars" (Visual Effects: Loris Paillier at BUF Paris)

Song of Summer

Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin – "I Like It"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Artists with multiple wins and nominations

Artists that received multiple awards
Wins Artist
3 Childish Gambino
Cardi B
2 Camila Cabello
The Carters

Critical reception

Entertainment Weekly's writer Darren Franich gave the show a B– and said, "MTV's tagline for the 2018 Video Music Awards was 'Everything might happen.' Hey, they said might. The 35th VMAs had some fiery performances, but the show never quite sparked [...] This was a reasonably satisfying awards show, not the boring trainwreck some VMAs have been, not the exciting trainwreck supernova some VMAs dare to be."[14] For Variety, Daniel D'addario said, "There was a time when the VMAs were a change-of-season status report on pop: As MTV’s target audience heads back to school and those slightly outside that audience get ready to turn their mind to graver things, the pop world had historically united to put on a show that could carry viewers into the fall." and unfavorably compared it to the 2013 show line up.[15] In Billboard, Leila Cobo wrote, "although this year's awards haven't escaped criticism, it hasn't been for lack of Latin power," noting that "Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez and Camila Cabello (finally) put Latin music center stage at VMAs."[16]


  1. ^ Hosken, Patrick (April 17, 2018). "Get Ready: The 2018 VMAs Are Officially Invading New York City". MTV News. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Lamarre, Carl (August 15, 2018). "Cardi B to Open the 2018 MTV VMAs". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Schulman, Alissa (August 15, 2018). "Everything You Need To Know About The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV News. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Mesfin Fekadu (August 20, 2018). "MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute". Associated Press. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "MTV VMAs: Madonna tribute to Aretha Franklin proves divisive as Camila Cabello wins big". Guardian. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Porter, Rick (August 21, 2018). "TV Ratings: Video Music Awards Hit All-Time Low on MTV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 14, 2018). "Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, And Bryce Vine Will Make the VMA Pre-Show Larger Than Life". MTV News. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Cardi B & The Carters Lead 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations". Billboard. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "MTV announces 2018 "vmas" nominations". MTV Press. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "VMAs: Camila Cabello Wins Video of the Year for "Havana"; Complete List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Lewis, Hilary (July 31, 2018). "VMAs: Jennifer Lopez to Receive Video Vanguard Award". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  14. ^ Franich, Darren (August 21, 2018). "MTV's shiny VMAs was heavy on glitz, light on soul: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  15. ^ D'addario, Daniel (August 21, 2018). "TV Review: MTV's Video Music Awards Were Low on Star Power". Variety. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  16. ^ Cobo, Leila (August 21, 2018). "Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez & Camila Cabello (Finally) Put Latin Music Center Stage at VMAs". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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