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What’s one televised event where you can see far-out fashions, stellar music performances, and iconic moments? The Video Music Awards 2019! For years, the MTV-born awards show has been one of the biggest annual events in pop culture. It usually starts trends, puts people on the map, and changes the course of music history. 

This year was no exception as it was chockful of memorable moments people will talk about until the next one. Here are some of them worth mentioning. 

Wild Styles at The Red Carpet

See our Top Ten Best-Dressed Stars on the VMAs 2019 Red Carpet in our gallery below: 

Every year, there are only a handful of red carpet events that stars can break fashion rules and still have a lot of fun. The VMAs is one of them. Find it hard to believe? Just take a look at the lovely Lizzo in her campy but sexy bombshell red ensemble complete with a floor-length feather boa. Or take a gander at Taylor Swift‘s widely colorful tailored Versace look. And for those who are fans of a lot of sparkles on the red carpet, Keke Palmer‘s striking and sleek number won’t disappoint! 

Taylor Swift’s Opening Performance

Swifties sure are feeling a lot of love right now! After Taylor Swift finally released her “Lover” album last week, she opened up tonight’s show with an ode to LGBTQ+ pride. Alongside her good friend Todrick Hall and a number of famous faces within the community, the pop star belted out her ‘Pride’ anthem, “You Need To Calm Down“. She then followed it up with a more toned-down but equally powerful live rendition of her latest hit, “Lover“. With only her guitar, the moment harkened back to old-school Taylor, the one that probably didn’t die after all! 

Missy Elliott Receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

If her “Throw It Back” music video wasn’t enough, Missy Elliott sure let everyone know how much of an icon she is during the VMAs. Firstly, her performance was simply electric, drawing back to some of her most major moments in music history. She performed a medley of her most beloved hits, such as “Get Your Freak On” and “Work It,” among others. All these and more solidified that she deserved receiving this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. 

“Old Town Road” Winning Song Of The Year

Was it ever any question? After shattering records left and right, it’s no surprise that Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” won the Song of The Year award. The young rapper took to the stage to accept the award with Billy Ray Cyrus, whose classic country crooning helped catapult the song into the legend that it is now. “Thank you so much! this is my first award ever. And um, I want to say thank you to this man for helping me take my career to the next level,” relayed Lil Nas X. 

Normani’s First Solo Performance

Perhaps one of the most anticipated performances of the night was Normani‘s. And she did not disappoint! The former Fifth Harmony member held her own as a solo superstar, belting out her latest hit, “Motivation“. She filled that stage with as much pink and purple power as she can, even getting the likes of Sophie Turner, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lizzo all lit up! Not bad for someone going at it alone for the first time. 

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s Spicy “Senorita” Performance

As for Normani’s fellow former Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello, she spiced things up with rumored boyfriend Shawn Mendes in their live rendition of “Senorita“. Dimly-lit by thousands of lights, the pair relied solely on their vocal cords and raw sex appeal to make for a memorable performance. They even had everyone hold their breath with what seemed like their first public kiss. But it never happened! Still, it was a steamy TV moment that the VMAs are known for. It’s no wonder they won this year’s Best Collaboration award later that night! 

Which were your favorite moments at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards? Share your answers and other reactions in our comments section below! 

Image Credits:

  1. Video Music Awards Featured Image – Medium.com
  2. VMA Red Carpet Gallery Images – Teen Vogue.com