2021 MTV VMAs: Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X Win Big

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 Video Music Awards returned this weekend, and it was another epic show to remember. Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X were crowned as the biggest winners of the night, as they picked up awards in several major categories.

Lil Nas X managed to beat the likes of Cardi B and The Weeknd to pick up the biggest award of the night—video of the year for his viral hit “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”. This music video also won awards for best direction and best visual effects.

Olivia Rodrigo was also amongst the biggest winners of the night with a total of three trophies—best new artist, song of the year, and push performance of the year with her breakout hit “Drivers License”. BTS also came out victorious in three categories—group of the year, best K-pop, and song of the summer with “Butter”. Justin Bieber, who went into the night with the most nominations, picked up two awards, and so did Billie Eilish and Silk Sonic.

MTV Video Music Award took place on September 12th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with Doja Cat serving as a host. She was also one of the performers, along with Bieber, Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Normani, and many more.

FULL LIST OF 2021 MTV VMAS WINNERS:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

SONG OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Olivia Rodrigo

BEST COLLABORATION

Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

BEST POP

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – “Peaches”

BEST HIP-HOP

Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – “Franchise”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear – “my ex’s best friend”

BEST K-POP

BTS – “Butter”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – “Your Power”

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo – “drivers license”

BEST ROCK

John Mayer – “Last Train Home”

BEST LATIN

Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – “Lo Vas A Olvidar”

BEST R&B

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Harry Styles – “Treat People With Kindness”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – “BROWN SKIN GIRL”

BEST ART DIRECTION

Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – “Best Friend”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – “Leave The Door Open”

GROUP OF THE YEAR: 

BTS

SONG OF THE SUMMER: 

BTS – “Butter”