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2018 MTV Video Music Awards
2018 MTV Video Music Awards
MTV VMA logo.png
DateAugust 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)
VenueRadio City Music Hall,
(New York City, New York)
CountryUnited States
Most awardsCardi B and Childish Gambino (3 each)
Most nominationsCardi B (12)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMTV, MTV2, VH1, MTV Classic, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Paramount Network, TV Land & BET Her

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards was held on August 20, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[1] The 35th annual award show aired live from the venue for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history. [2]Cardi B and Childish Gambino were the most awarded of the night with three each.[3][4]Camila Cabello won Video of the Year and Artist of the Year,[5] while Jennifer Lopez became the first Latin artist to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. This edition of the MTV Video Music Awards saw yet another severe drop in ratings, only achieving a mere 2.2 million viewers on MTV, and only seeing 4.87 million viewers on all of its sister networks.[6]


A This artist performed as part of the Push Artist Stage.



  • Terrence J - presented Song of Summer and Push Artist of the Year

Main show


Winners and nominees

The nominees for most categories were revealed on July 16, 2018, via an IGTV video. Nominees for Song of Summer, however, were announced on August 13, 2018. Cardi B had the most nominations with 12,[2] with The Carters behind with 8, while Childish Gambino and Drake both received 7 nominations each.[9][10]Winners were announced on August 20, 2018, on the Video Music Awards broadcast.[11]

Video of the Year

Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug) -- "Havana"

Artist of the Year

Camila Cabello

Song of the Year

Post Malone (featuring 21 Savage) - "Rockstar"

Best New Artist

Cardi B

Best Collaboration

Jennifer Lopez (featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B) - "Dinero"

Push Artist of the Year

Hayley Kiyoko

Best Pop

Ariana Grande - "No Tears Left to Cry"

Best Hip Hop

Nicki Minaj - "Chun-Li"

Best Latin

J Balvin and Willy William - "Mi Gente"

Best Dance

Avicii (featuring Rita Ora) - "Lonely Together"

Best Rock

Imagine Dragons - "Whatever It Takes"

Video with a Message

Childish Gambino - "This Is America"

Best Art Direction

The Carters - "Apeshit" (Art Directors: Jan Houllevigue and the Louvre)

Best Choreography

Childish Gambino - "This Is America" (Choreographer: Sherrie Silver)

Best Cinematography

The Carters - "Apeshit" (Director of Photography: Benoît Debie)

Best Direction

Childish Gambino - "This Is America" (Director: Hiro Murai)

Best Editing

N.E.R.D and Rihanna - "Lemon" (Editor: Taylor Ward)

Best Visual Effects

Kendrick Lamar and SZA - "All the Stars" (Visual Effects: Loris Paillier at BUF Paris)

Song of Summer

Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin - "I Like It"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Artists with multiple wins and nominations

Artists who received multiple awards
Wins Artist
3 Childish Gambino
Cardi B
2 Camila Cabello
The Carters
Jennifer Lopez

Critical reception

Entertainment Weeklys writer Darren Franich gave the show a B- and said, "MTV's tagline for the 2018 Video Music Awards was 'Everything might happen.' Hey, they said might. The 35th VMAs had some fiery performances, but the show never quite sparked [...] This was a reasonably satisfying awards show, not the boring trainwreck some VMAs have been, not the exciting trainwreck supernova some VMAs dare to be."[13] For Variety, Daniel D'addario said, "There was a time when the VMAs were a change-of-season status report on pop: As MTV's target audience heads back to school and those slightly outside that audience get ready to turn their mind to graver things, the pop world had historically united to put on a show that could carry viewers into the fall." and unfavorably compared it to the 2013 show line up.[14] In Billboard, Leila Cobo wrote, "although this year's awards haven't escaped criticism, it hasn't been for lack of Latin power," noting that "Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez and Camila Cabello (finally) put Latin music center stage at VMAs."[15]

See also


  1. ^ Hosken, Patrick (April 17, 2018). "Get Ready: The 2018 VMAs Are Officially Invading New York City". MTV News. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b Schulman, Alissa (August 15, 2018). "Everything You Need To Know About The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV News. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Mesfin Fekadu (August 20, 2018). "MTV VMAs to feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha tribute". Associated Press. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "MTV VMAs: Madonna tribute to Aretha Franklin proves divisive as Camila Cabello wins big". Guardian. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ https://variety.com/2018/music/news/2018-vma-winners-list-mtv-video-music-awards-1202910437/
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (August 21, 2018). "TV Ratings: Video Music Awards Hit All-Time Low on MTV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 14, 2018). "Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, And Bryce Vine Will Make the VMA Pre-Show Larger Than Life". MTV News. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ https://ew.com/music/2018/08/13/mtv-vmas-2018-presenters/
  9. ^ "Cardi B & The Carters Lead 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations". Billboard. July 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "MTV announces 2018 "vmas" nominations". MTV Press. July 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "VMAs: Camila Cabello Wins Video of the Year for "Havana"; Complete List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. August 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Lewis, Hilary (July 31, 2018). "VMAs: Jennifer Lopez to Receive Video Vanguard Award". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Franich, Darren (August 21, 2018). "MTV's shiny VMAs was heavy on glitz, light on soul: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ D'addario, Daniel (August 21, 2018). "TV Review: MTV's Video Music Awards Were Low on Star Power". Variety. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Cobo, Leila (August 21, 2018). "Maluma, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez & Camila Cabello (Finally) Put Latin Music Center Stage at VMAs". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.

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