A night of surprises at the 2022 VMAs


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Andriana Kourkoumelis

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off on Aug. 28 hosted by Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow.

The show covered a variety of categories, awarding some of the top artists, songs and music videos of the year.

Notable award moments from the night included Taylor Swift winning video of the year for the music video of “All Too Well (10-Minute Version),” Bad Bunny winning artist of the year and Harry Styles winning album of the year for “Harry’s House.”

Fergie made a surprise appearance at the VMAs to perform her song “Glamorous.” Together, she and Harlow opened the show with his recent release “First Class,” which sampled Fergie’s 2007 hit. Harlow’s song was awarded song of the summer.

Minaj was the video vanguard award recipient at this year’s VMAs. She performed some of her most influential tracks titled “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge” and “Monster.”

She finished the grand showcase of her work as a rapper with her most recent single, “Super Freaky Girl,” accompanied by elaborate choreography and stage presence in true Minaj fashion.

Bad Bunny performed “Tití Me Preguntó” as a live broadcast from Yankee Stadium. He is now the first non-English language artist to be awarded the title of artist of the year.

Shortly after the win, Bad Bunny gave a speech on what this honor meant for the Puerto Rican community and expressed his pride regarding representation.

BLACKPINK made its debut at the VMAs to perform its new title track “Pink Venom,” making this its first-ever performance on an American award ceremony stage.

Alongside the ceremony, this year’s VMAs was used as a platform by artists to make some exciting announcements.  Following her win, Swift revealed that her new album “Midnights” will be released on Oct. 21.

“Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my album [‘Red (Taylor’s Version),’ which included the winning song] if it weren’t for you,” Swift said. “You emboldened me to do that. And I had sort of made up my mind that if you were going to be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand-new album comes out Oct. 21.”

Johnny Depp made a shocking virtual appearance posing as a digitalized MTV “Moonman,” delivering one-liners and some light-hearted relief throughout the broadcast.

“I just want you guys to know that I’m available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, any old thing you need,” the actor joked.