Hottest ticket in town Taylor Swift, Lizzo and more fan-favorite artists hit the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards stage — and kept the party going in the audience.
The “Cardigan” singer, 32, arrived on Sunday, August 28, in a dazzling Oscar de la Renta dress adorned with jewel-encrusted chains. She amplified the risky look with crystal Christian Louboutin heels, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and a metallic manicure, but her jaw-dropping fashion wasn’t even her biggest surprise of the night.
While accepting her Video of the Month awardAll Too Well: The Film ShortSwift shocked viewers by revealing that she is releasing a new album this fall. “I had sort of made up my mind that if you were gonna be this generous and give us this, I thought it might be a fun moment to tell you that my brand new album comes out October 21,” she said, teasing that more details would come at midnight.
She dedicated her Moonperson trophy, which she adored, to her fans. “I’m just so proud of what we made,” she continued. “We wouldn’t have been able to make this short film if it weren’t for you, the fans. Because I wouldn’t be able to re-record my albums if it weren’t for you. You emboldened me to do that.”
Swift was nominated for five awards at Sunday’s show. She won Video of the Year and Best Direction. When she wasn’t accepting her honors on stage, the “Clean” singer showed off her moves alongside pals Dylan O’BrienAnd Sarah RamosIn the audience.
Some viewers may have seen the Grammy winner singing along. Nicki Minaj‘s jam-packed medley, and an eyewitness tells Us Weekly Swift didn’t want to miss a second of the Video Vanguard Award winner’s performance. After a commercial break, the “Evermore” songstress sprinted back to her seat to get the best view of Minaj.
Swift and Swift had a brief conversation later. Kane BrownHis wife joined him. Katelyn. The couple snapped a picture with the Miss Americana star. Brown, 28, made history at Sunday’s VMAs by becoming the first male country artist to perform on the show.
A-listers weren’t the only ones to draw fans’ attention during the ceremony. Addison Rae‘s mom, Sheri Easterling, stunned on red carpet with rapper Yung GravyTheir official red carpet debut was made on the evening. They wore matching lavender outfits, making them easy to spot when they got comfortable inside the arena.
The pair — who are 16 years apart in age — cuddled in the audience while Best Alternative winners Måneskin rocked out on stage. Gravy, 26, shed more light on how the duo met while speaking to MTV’s Nessa DiabBefore the show.
“We met online and we connected right away,” he said. “You know, I’m from the furthest north it gets and she’s from the furthest south it gets. I’m into MILFs and she’s kind of the queen of MILFs, so I figured it was just the perfect match.”
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