|2018 MTV Video Music Awards|
|Date||August 20, 2018|
|Venue||Radio City Music Hall,|
(New York City, New York)
|Most awards||Cardi B and Childish Gambino (3 each)|
|Most nominations||Cardi B (12)|
|Network||MTV, 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. The 35th annual award show aired live from the venue for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history. Cardi B and Childish Gambino were the most awarded of the night with three each.Camila Cabello won Video of the Year and Artist of the Year, 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.
|Bryce Vine||"Drew Barrymore"|
|Backstreet Boys||"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"|
|Shawn Mendes||"In My Blood"|
|Panic! at the Disco||"High Hopes"|
|Jessie Reyez[A]||"Apple Juice"|
(Live from the PATH World Trade Center station)
|Ariana Grande||"God Is a Woman"|
|PrettyMuch[A]||"Summer on You"|
"Stop Trying to Be God"
|Juice Wrld[A]||"Lucid Dreams"|
|Maluma||"Felices los 4"|
|Lauv||"I Like Me Better"|
(Part of a commercial sponsored by Extra)
|"Rockstar" (Post Malone and 21 Savage)|
"Dream On" (Aerosmith and Post Malone)
"Toys in the Attic" (Aerosmith and Post Malone)
A This artist performed as part of the Push Artist Stage.
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, with The Carters behind with 8, while Childish Gambino and Drake both received 7 nominations each.Winners were announced on August 20, 2018, on the Video Music Awards broadcast.
|Chloe x Halle|
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." 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. 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."