2021 MTV Video Music Awards Winners

    Olivia Rodrigo at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2021.
    Olivia Rodrigo at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2021. Photo by Matt Baron/Shutterstock (12439061fi)

    The MTV VMAs aired on September 12 and going into the night, Justin Bieber led the pack with seven nominations and Megan Thee Stallion wasn’t far behind with six.

    Hosted by Doja Cat, performances included Cat, Camila Cabello, Chlöe (of Chloe x Halle, making her solo debut), Jack Harlow, Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, The Kid Laroi, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo, Ozuna, Shawn Mendes, Tainy, and Twenty One Pilots. 

    But the biggest winner of the night was Olivia Rodrigo who won three awards including Best New Artist, Push Performance of the Year, and Song of the Year. Bieber won two awards for Artist of the Year and Best Pop. Megan Thee Stallion didn’t end up winning any awards.

    Check out the complete list of winners below.

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
    DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar” (starring Justin Bieber)
    Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
    Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits”
    Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
    The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears”

    ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Ariana Grande
    Doja Cat
    Justin Bieber — WINNER 
    Megan Thee Stallion
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Taylor Swift

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – “Mood”
    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”
    BTS – “Dynamite”
    Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
    Dua Lipa – “Levitating”
    Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License” — WINNER

    BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Facebook
    24kGoldn
    Giveon
    The Kid LAROI
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Polo G
    Saweetie

    PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
    September 2020: Wallows – “Are You Bored Yet?”
    October 2020: Ashnikko – “Daisy”
    November 2020: SAINt JHN – “Gorgeous”
    December 2020: 24kGoldn – “Coco”
    January 2021: JC Stewart – “Break My Heart”
    February 2021: Latto – “Sex Lies”
    March 2021: Madison Beer – “Selfish”
    April 2021: The Kid LAROI – “Without You”
    May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license” — WINNER
    June 2021: girl in red “Serotonin”
    July 2021: Fousheé – “my slime”
    August 2021: jxdn – “Think About Me”

    BEST COLLABORATION
    24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – “Mood”
    Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
    Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”
    Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
    Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”
    Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner”

    BEST POP
    Ariana Grande – “Positions”
    Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am”
    BTS – “Butter”
    Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness”
    Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” — WINNER
    Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”
    Shawn Mendes – “Wonder”
    Taylor Swift – “Willow”

    BEST HIP-HOP
    Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
    Drake ft. Lil Durk – “Laugh Now Cry Later”
    Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “On Me (remix)”
    Moneybagg Yo – “Said Sum”
    Polo G – “RAPSTAR”
    Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”

    BEST ROCK
    Evanescence – “Use My Voice”
    Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame”
    John Mayer – “Last Train Home”
    The Killers – “My Own Soul’s Warning”
    Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit”
    Lenny Kravitz – “Raise Vibration”

    BEST ALTERNATIVE
    Bleachers – “Stop Making This Hurt”
    Glass Animals – “Heat Waves”
    Imagine Dragons – “Follow You”
    Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear – “My Ex’s Best Friend”
    Twenty One Pilots – “Shy Away”
    Willow ft. Travis Barker – “Transparent Soul”

    BEST LATIN
    Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – “Dákiti”
    Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”
    Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – “Girl Like Me”
    J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – “Un Dia (One Day)”
    Karol G – “Bichota”
    Maluma – “Hawái”

    BEST R&B
    Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “Brown Skin Girl”
    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”
    Chris Brown and Young Thug – “Go Crazy”
    Giveon – “Heartbreak Anniversary”
    H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – “Come Through”
    SZA – “Good Days”

    BEST K-POP
    (G)I-DLE – “DUMDi DUMDi”
    BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – “Ice Cream”
    BTS – “Butter”
    Monsta X – “Gambler”
    SEVENTEEN – “Ready to love”
    TWICE – “Alcohol-Free”

    VIDEO FOR GOOD
    Billie Eilish – “Your Power” — WINNER
    Demi Lovato – “Dancing With the Devil”
    H.E.R. – “Fight For You”
    Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful”
    Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
    Pharrell Williams ft. Jay-Z – “Entrepreneur”

    BEST DIRECTION
    Billie Eilish – “Your Power” – Directed by: Billie Eilish
    DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar” (starring Justin Bieber) – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
    Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
    Taylor Swift – “Willow” – Directed by: Taylor Swift
    Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – “Franchise” – Directed by: Travis Scott
    Tyler, The Creator – “Lumberjack” – Directed by: Wolf Haley

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “Brown Skin Girl” – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
    Billie Eilish – “Therefore I Am” – Cinematography by: Rob Witt
    Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
    Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper – “Holy” –Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
    Lady Gaga – “911” – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
    Lorde – “Solar Power” – Cinematography by: Andrew

    BEST ART DIRECTION
    Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – “Already” – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
    Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz
    Lady Gaga – “911” – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
    Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Art Direction by: John Richoux
    Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend” – Art Direction by: Art Haynes
    Taylor Swift – “willow” – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    Bella Poarch – “Build a Bitch” – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
    Coldplay – “Higher Power” – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
    Doja Cat & The Weeknd – “You Right” – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel
    Glass Animals – “Tangerine” – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau
    Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
    P!NK – “All I Know So Far” – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

    BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
    Ariana Grande – “34+35” – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
    BTS – “Butter” – Choreography by: Son Sung Deuk with BHM Performance Directing Team
    Ed Sheeran – “Bad Habits” – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
    Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame” – Choreography by: Nina McNeely
    Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Choreography by: Paul Roberts
    Marshmello & Halsey – “Be Kind” – Choreography by: Dani Vitale

    BEST EDITING
    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave tfsihe Door Open” – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet
    BTS – “Butter” – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
    Drake – “What’s Next” – Editing by: Noah Kendal
    Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness” – Editing by: Claudia Wass
    Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches” – Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
    Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – “Prisoner”

    GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Blackpink
    BTS — WINNER
    CNCO
    Foo Fighters
    Jonas Brothers
    Maroon 5
    Silk Sonic
    Twenty One Pilots

    SONG OF THE SUMMER
    Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”
    BTS, “Butter”
    Camila Cabello, “Don’t Go Yet”
    DJ Khaled feat. Lil Baby and Lil Durk, “Every Chance I Get”
    Doja Cat, “Need To Know”
    Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
    Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”
    Giveon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”
    Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar and Giveon, “Peaches”
    The Kid LAROI with Justin Bieber, “Stay”
    Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
    Lizzo feat. Cardi B, “Rumors”
    Megan Thee Stallion, “Thot Shit”
    Normani feat. Cardi B, “Wild Side”
    Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U”
    Shawn Mendes and Tainy, “Summer Of Love”