Sunday night was a star-studded event at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, which took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow, the show kicked off with the “First Class” rapper bringing out Fergie to perform the hit song with him. That was quickly followed up with a performance from Lizzo who performed her records “About Damn Time” and “2 Be Loved.”
Others to take the stage included Khalid, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg. One of the most elaborate performances of the night came from Nicki who took home one of the night’s highest honors as the recipient of the MTV Video Vanguard Award. She accepted the award after treating fans to a greatest hits medley which included “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge,” “Monster,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” and “Super Freaky Girl.”
During her acceptance speech, Nicki thanked everyone who had a role in her career and urged people to take care of their mental health.
“I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here,” she shared. “I wish people understood what they meant and were going through. I wish people took mental health seriously.”
Nicki wasn’t the only one to take a moment to speak up about important issues. While accepting the Video for Good award, Lizzo stressed the importance of voting.
“I don’t know what ‘music video for good’ means, but I do know what your vote means, and that’s a f****** lot. Your vote means everything to me,” she said. “[Your vote] means everything to make a change in this country. So, remember when you’re voting for your favorite artists, vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us.”
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