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Taylor Swift dominated the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

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Taylor Swift took home the top prize at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards for her “Anti-Hero” music video.

“It’s unbelievable. It means a lot to me that this is a fan-voted award,” Swift said in her acceptance speech. “I can’t believe it was a year ago that I announced the ‘Midnights’ album.”

2023 Video Music Awards - Backstage
Taylor Swift is backstage during the 2023 Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. She won 9 of the 11 awards she was nominated for.

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The show, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, was Swift’s almost from the start. The first presenters of the night were none other than NSYNC reuniting to present Swift with the award for Best Pop Video.

In coordinating suits, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez shared the stage with Swift. Boss presents her with a friendship bracelet as fans do at Superstar shows. “You’re pop personified,” she told the crowd.

The night’s top nominee later returned to the stage to pick up the Song of the Year trophy and the Best Direction award for “Anti-Hero.”

Swift took it home Nine of the 11 awards she has wonIncluding artist of the year in a category made up entirely of female nominees for the first time in VMA history.

Her “Karma (Remix)” collaborator, Ice Spice, won Best New Artist. “Oh my God, it’s so good,” she said. “I want to thank my munchkins.”

There is plenty of new music throughout the show. Host Nicki Minaj performed her latest single, the dreamy “Last Time I Saw You,” before jumping into a new trap cut from her highly anticipated “Pink Friday 2” album.

“I ain’t nothing like you,” she raps, “I’m on a whole other level.”

As much as Swift dominated, the VMAs focused on the global power of music. K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together and Brazilian superstar Anita perform the glossy retro-pop of their new collaboration, “Back for More.”

Another K-pop group, Stray Kids, brought “S-Class” to the stage, regional Mexicana star Peso Pluma performed “Lady Gaga,” and reggaetonera Carol G performed “Oki Doki” and “Tá OK (Remix).”

Comedian Tiffany Haddish presented the “Best Afrobeats” award in the category’s inaugural year, going to Rema and Selena Gomez for their smash hit “Come Down.”

“Africa at home!” Rema began her acceptance speech. “Shout out to Fela (Kuti) who started Afrobeats first… and I want to give a big shout out to the next generation of Afrobeats.”

Gomez stood a few feet away from the microphone, but jumped in when Rema asked her, telling the audience: “I want to send all my love to Nigeria, thank you.”

Colombian icon Shakira received the Video Vanguard Award and performed a stunning bilingual medley of her decades of hits – “She Wolf,” her collaboration with Rav Alejandro “Te Felicito,” the viral, record-breaking “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” with Bizzrap among them. – in a set introduced by her “Hips Don’t Lie” collaborator Wyclef Jean.

“MTV, thank you for being such a big part of my career since I was just 18 years old,” Shakira said, also thanking her parents and her children for bringing her to the show.

“This is for you my people, my Latin American people, inside and outside this country,” she said, switching to Spanish. “Thank you for inspiring me and injecting me with so much strength and so much desire to move forward, I love you so much.”

She also received an award for Best Collaboration for “TQG”, her song with Carol G. Both delivered their acceptance speeches entirely in Spanish. “If working with the legendary Shakira was impressive, winning an award with her was from another planet,” marveled Carol G.

Diddy received the Global Icon Award from Mary J. Blige and his daughter Chance Combs. He is the third recipient of the award after Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2022 and Foo Fighters in 2021.

The legendary rapper also performed at the VMAs for the first time since 2005. This is an amazing collection of some of his biggest hits like “Bad Boy For Life” and “Mo Money Mo Problems”, joined by his greatest collaborators: Yung. Miami, Keyshia Cole, and sweetest of all, his son, King Combs.

He started his speech saying ‘Love wins, love wins’. “I started out as a paper boy, I didn’t know I was going to be here.” He then led the crowd in a “Bad Boy” chant.

“It’s been 30 years,” he continued. “I pray to God that you get to do what you love for 30 years.”

Lil Wayne opened the show with a performance of his new single “Cat Food.” Soon after, Olivia Rodrigo brought her “Vampire” music video to the stage, her cheeky pop-punk single “Get Him Back!”

Between the two tracks, snippets of her sold-out singles played out loud — while she ran off stage in a pre-planned “error,” which further mirrored the “Vampire” video and marked her move from her first record. Second.

Live sets abound: Cardi B and Megan Thi Stallion bring “Bongos” to life with big choreography; Demi Lovato played a rock ‘n’ roll medley of her biggest hits: “Heart Attack,” “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Cool for the Summer” before presenting Stray Kids with the best K-pop award.

Later, Anita won the “Best Latin” award for the second year in a row, giving one of the most impressive acceptance speeches of the night — “I want to thank myself,” she laughed. “Because I’m trying so hard!”

French Montana used his position as the best R&B presenter alongside Ashanti to draw attention to Moroccan earthquake relief, identifying a relief fund he said he would personally donate to. Montana grew up in Morocco.

Toward the end of the show, the MTV Video Music Awards celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with a star-studded closing performance. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five begins with “The Message”, which was written by Doug E. Fresh and slick lead to Rick’s “The Show.” Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J and Run-DMC’s DMC closed it out – a powerful celebration of multi-generational culture.

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