The night of the MTV Video Music Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for artists and music fans alike. But for nine lucky artists, this year’s ceremony was even more special as they took home their first Moonperson awards! Let’s take a look at this weekend’s first-time winners.
While Machine Gun Kelly has won Best Alternative twice now, blackbear scored his first VMA win with their platinum-certified collab “my ex’s best friend,” which peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went #1 on alt radio.
Nine-year-old Blue Ivy became the youngest VMA winner when “Brown Skin Girl,” her collaboration with her mother Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, and WizKid took home Best Cinematography. She took the title from Billie Eilish, who won her first VMA at 17.
Known for his own tracks like “Best Part” and “Japanese Denim,” Daniel Caesar shined next to Justin Bieber and Giveon on the summer hit “Peaches,” which took home the award for Best Pop. The accolade also marked Giveon’s first time winning a VMA!
Giveon was one of this year’s frontrunners, racking up five nominations in categories like Best New Artist and Best R&B, but hit song “Peaches” is the song that got him a win. He’s sharing his prize for Best Pop with VMA veteran Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar, who also became a first-time winner this year.
Though he won three Moonperson awards during his time with One Direction, the retro “Treat People With Kindness” music video got Harry Styles his first solo win, taking home Best Choreography thanks to Paul Roberts.
It’s no doubt that Olivia Rodrigo is already a legend in the making, and her three-award run at this year’s VMA ceremony further solidifies that fast. In addition to performing her hit “good 4 u,” Olivia took home the prizes for Push Performance of the Year with her piano rendition of “drivers license,” Song of the Year for “drivers license,” and Best New Artist.
SAINt JHN made waves with his viral hit “Roses” in 2020, and on top of performing the song at this year’s ceremony, he took home an award for Best Cinematography thanks to “Brown Skin Girl,” a collaboration with Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, and WizKid. The star-studded video features cinematography from Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, and Ryan Helfant.
Saweetie was one of the queens of quarantine with her viral hit “Tap In,” and follow-up “Best Friend” was equally, if not more, catchy. The fun video for this collab with Doja Cat took home Best Art Direction, thanks to the creative Art Haynes.
One of three first-time winners who took home a prize for the Beyoncé-led “Brown Skin Girl,” WizKid previously found success with hits like Drake’s “One Dance,” which was nominated for Song of the Summer at the 2016 Video Music Awards.