NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on August 28, 2022 in Newark, New Jersey.

Last night, the MTV VMAs took place in Newark, New Jersey, and as always, it featured performances by some of the hottest names in music today, as well as a couple of legends. Snoop Dogg and Eminem performed their collaboration, “From The D To The LBC”; Video Vanguard Award winner Nicki Minaj performed a medley of her hits and the Global Icon Award Winner Red Hot Chili Peppers performed their recent single “Black Summer” and their classic “Can’t Stop.” Country star Kane Brown became the first solo male country star to perform at the VMAs, and the show also included the best of hip-hop, R&B, K-pop and beyond. Here are our five favorite performances.

  • BLACKPINK - "Pink Venom"

    “This next group has not only dominated K-pop, they’ve taken over the world,” said Latto, who introduced them. She told the audience that it was not only the girl group’s first time ever at the VMAs but also the act’s first ever U.S. award show performance. It surely won’t be their last.

  • Bad Bunny - "Titi Me Pregunto"

    Bad Bunny performed live from his headlining concert across the river at New York’s Yankee Stadium. He got a lot of buzz for kissing one of his male backing singers during his performance.

  • Nicki Minaj's medley

    Minaj got a solid ten minutes to perform, which is usually the case for Video Vanguard winners. She reminded the audience of just how many hits she’s had over the course of her 10+ year career.

  • Lizzo - "About Damn Time/2 Be Loved"

    Lizzo’s performance of two of the most feel-good songs of the year was accompanied by some eye-popping visuals.

  • Anitta - "Envolver"

    “VMAs! Did you think I wasn’t going to shake my ass tonight?” Anitta asked, midway through her performance. If anyone actually thought that, she certainly corrected them.

  • Maneskin - "Supermodel"

     

    Speaking of butts, Maneskin singer Damiano David bared his in his Prince-like butt-less chaps.  MTV shot a good portion of the performance from a distances.