The MTV Video Music Awards are always packed with performances, and that was no different at the 2021 show on September 12. The MTV VMAs brought some of the biggest names in music to the stage at the Barclays Center in New York City on Sunday. . From thrilling performances to powerful speeches, this year’s VMAs were a celebration of joy.
The MTV VMAs of 2021 are here and as usual they are absolutely out of this world. Justin Bieber leads the nominations this year with seven, but many of his pop peers follow him: Megan Thee Stallion has six, and all tied with five nominations each are Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Olivia. . Rodrigo and Giveon.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest performances and most memorable moments from Sunday’s big show.
Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo Kick Off the Show
Bieber made his first appearance onstage at the VMAs in six years on Sunday to open the night with a thrilling performance of “Ghost” before Rodrigo took the stage for a wild and hard-hitting performance of “Good 4 U. “. that he concluded with her smashing the lens of an MTV camera with her microphone, true punk rock style.
Chlöe Bailey Makes Her Solo Debut
Speaking Up for Women’s Rights
There were quite a few moments of political passion on Sunday, with Cyndi Lauper and Billie Eilish using their platforms to share an important message. When presenting an award
Lauper shared, “I won a moon person at the very first VMAs in 1984. Things are a little different now… Yeah, girls wanna have fun. But we also want to have funds. Equal pay. Control over our bodies! You know, fundamental rights.” Later, Eilish was accepting the Video for Good Award and expressed, “We need to protect our young women at all costs. We also need to remember that we all have power. And we have to remember not to abuse it.”