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Here are the winners from the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV's taking a break from its non-stop marathon of Ridiculousness reruns to remind us the network still cares about music videos

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MTV Moon Person walks the pink carpet
MTV Moon Person walks the pink carpet
Photo: Noam Galai (Getty Images)

One of the few pop-culture extravaganzas undisturbed by the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, the MTV Video Music Awards has the distinction of depriving the night sky of actual stars for the evening. MTV won’t have a problem like the Emmys until the musicians squeezed out of residuals by Spotify and Apple Music join Snoop Dogg and demand they, too, get paid for their work. For those curious, the VMAs are under a different SAG-AFTRA contract, meaning members cannot attend but still cannot promote AMPTP projects. But that’s neither here nor there at the moment. Tonight is the one night the channel formerly known as Music Television devotes to its original mission: Promoting music videos.

Now it might seem anathema for a network that fills its schedule with reruns of Ridiculousness to still do this song and dance—though MTV’s going to have to start paying those writers too. But it apparently means enough to Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, and other massively popular and influential artists to show up. Still, we could go on and on about why MTV still does this, but at the end of the day, it’s an excuse to see Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, and Lil Wayne perform live on television. It’s also another opportunity for Taylor Swift to add another 11 awards to an already unprecedented year of success. Swift will have some stiff competition, though. SZA nabbed eight nominations while Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Blackpink, and Olivia Rodrigo earned six. Plus, there’s an Album Of The Year category, which makes no sense for a show about music videos, but whatever, neither does a music-based awards show on MTV.


We’ll be updating the list of winners tonight, so join along with us as we spend this magical night checking in with our old friend MTV.

Video Of The Year

Doja Cat – “Attention”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”


Best New Artist

Ice Spice
Peso Pluma
Reneé Rapp

Best Rock

Foo Fighters – “The Teacher”
Linkin Park – “Lost (Original Version)”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tippa My Tongue”
Måneskin – “THE LONELIEST”
Metallica – “Lux Æterna”
Muse – “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween”

Best Collaboration

David Guetta and Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)”
Post Malone and Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, and Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On”
KAROL G and Shakira – “TQG”
Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
Rema and Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”


Best Hip-Hop

Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – “Gotta Move On”
DJ Khaled ft. Drake & Lil Baby – “STAYING ALIVE”
GloRilla & Cardi B – “Tomorrow 2”
Lil Uzi Vert – “Just Wanna Rock”
Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz & DMX – “Kant Nobody”
Metro Boomin ft Future – “Superhero (Heroes and Villains)”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”


Best Afrobeats

Ayra Starr – “Rush”
Burna Boy – “It’s Plenty”
Davido ft. Musa Keys – “UNAVAILABLE”
Fireboy DML & Asake – ”Bandana”
Libianca – “People”
Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
Wizkid ft Ayra Starr– “2 Sugar”


Best Latin

Anitta – “Funk Rave”
Bad Bunny – “WHERE SHE GOES”
Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma – “Ella Baila Sola”
Parlay, Inc., Grupo Frontera, and Bad Bunny – “un x100to”
KAROL G and Shakira – “TQG”
Shakira – “Acróstico”


Best R&B

Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye – “Stay”
Chlöe ft. Chris Brown – “How Does It Feel”
Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – “Creepin’ (Remix)”
SZA – “Shirt”
Toosii – “Favorite Song”
Yung Bleu & Nicki Minaj – “Love In The Way”


Song Of The Year

Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
Rema & Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy”
Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”


Best K-Pop

aespa – “Girls”
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom”
Stray Kids – “S-Class”


Best Pop

Demi Lovato – “Swine”
Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)”
Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”


Video For Good

Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral)“
Bad Bunny – “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente”
Demi Lovato – “Swine”
Dove Cameron – “Breakfast”
Imagine Dragons – “Crushed”
Maluma – “La Reina”


Push Performance Of The Year

August 2022: Saucy Santana – “Booty”
September 2022: Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You”
October 2022: JVKE – “golden hour”
November 2022: Flo Milli – “Conceited”
December 2022: Reneé Rapp – “Colorado”
January 2023: Sam Ryder – “All The Way Over”
February 2023: Armani White – “GOATED”
March 2023: FLETCHER – “Becky’s So Hot”
April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER – “Sugar Rush Ride”
May 2023: Ice Spice – “Princess Diana”
June 2023: FLO – “Losing You”
July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith


Artist Of The Year

Doja Cat
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift

Best Alternative

blink-182 – “EDGING”
boygenius – “the film”
Fall Out Boy – “Hold Me Like A Grudge”
Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace”
Paramore – “This Is Why”
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Stuck”


Best Direction

Doja Cat – “Attention” – Directed by Tanu Muiño
Drake – “Falling Back” – Director X (Julien Christian Lutz)
Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” – Directed by Dave Free & Kendrick Lamar
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her”– Directed by Colin Tilley
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Directed by Floria Sigismondi
SZA – “Kill Bill” – Directed by Christian Breslauer
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” — Directed by Taylor Swift


Best Cinematography

Adele – “I Drink Wine” – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra
Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed”– Cinematography by Natasha Baier
Janelle Monae – “Lipstick Lover” – Cinematography by Allison Anderson
Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers” – Cinematography by Marcell Rev
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire”– Cinematography by Russ Fraser
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Cinematography by Rina Yang


Best Visual Effects

Fall Out Boy – “Love From The Other Side” — Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner
Harry Styles – “Music For A Sushi Restaurant”– Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios
Melanie Martinez – “VOID” – Visual Effects by Carbon
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl” — Visual Effects by Max Colt and Sergio Mashevskyi
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”– Visual Effects by Parliament


Best Choreography

BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX)
Dua Lipa – “Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)” — Choreography by Charm LaDonna
Jonas Brothers – “Waffle House” – Choreography by Jerry Reece
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead
Panic! At The Disco – “Middle Of A Breakup” – Choreography by Monika Felice Smith
Sam Smith, Kim Petras – “Unholy” – Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel


Best Art Direction

boygenius – “the film” – Art Direction by Jen Dunlap
BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)
Doja Cat – “Attention” – Art Direction by Spencer Graves
Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – “Candy Necklace” – Art Direction by Brandon Mendez
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” – Art Direction by Niko Philipides
SZA – “Shirt” – Art Direction by Kate Bunch


Best Editing

BLACKPINK – “Pink Venom” – Editing by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)
Kendrick Lamar – “Rich Spirit” – Edited by Grason Caldwell
Miley Cyrus – “River” Edited by Brandan Walter
Olivia Rodrigo – “vampire” Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel
SZA – “Kill Bill” – Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” – Edited by Chancler Haynes


Show Of The Summer

Ed Sheeran
Karol G
Taylor Swift

Group Of The Year

Fifty Fifty
Jonas Brothers
Tomorrow X Together


Song Of The Summer

Beyoncé – “Cuff It”
Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?” (from the motion picture Barbie)
Doja Cat – “Paint the Town Red”
Doechii (featuring Kodak Black) – “What It Is (Block Boy)“
Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night” (from the motion picture Barbie)
Fifty Fifty – “Cupid”
Gunna – “Fukumean”
Jungkook (featuring Latto) – “Seven”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice with Aqua – “Barbie World” (from the motion picture Barbie)
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift (featuring Ice Spice) – “Karma”
Tomorrow X Together and Jonas Brothers – “Do It Like That”
Luke Combs – “Fast Car”
Troye Sivan – “Rush”
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – “La Bebe” (remix)


Album Of The Year

Beyoncé – Renaissance
Drake and 21 Savage – Her Loss
Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains
Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
Taylor Swift – Midnights


Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award


Global Icon Award