Singer Taylor Swift made a name for herself at the MTV Video Music Awards, with “All Too Well” winning the award for the best music video of the year, as well as best long-form video and best direction.
This year’s awards, at a ceremony held in Newark, New Jersey, were evenly split, with three statuettes for Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow for their version of the song “Industry Baby,” and three for Harry Styles.
Styles, who was not present, took home the award for best album of the year (“Harry’s House”), while his song “As It Was,” won the distinction of best pop music video and best cinematography.
Harlow also won, individually, with “First Class,” voted the best song of the summer.
Swift took advantage of the ceremony to announce that she will release a new album on October 21, entitled “Midnights”, in which she will tell 13 stories of sleepless nights throughout her life.
The American, in her speech, praised the work of women behind the cameras and highlighted the fact that this year, for the first time, four female directors of music videos were nominated.
Rapper Minaj, a 17-time award nominee and a five-time winner with hits like “Anaconda,” “Chun-Li,” and “Hot Girl Summer,” was the star of the night, receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as the statuette for best hip-hop video for her song “Do We Have a Problem?”
Other Michael Jackson award winners included Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, P!nk, and Jennifer Lopez.
Brazilian Annita won the award for Best Latin Music Video and Puerto Rican Bad Bunny in the artist of the year category, while Spanish artist Rosalía, with “Saoko,” was honored with the award for the best edition.
K-Pop won three statuettes, in addition to the one reserved for this category: “Push Performance,” which went to SEVENTEEN; best metaverse video, which went to Blackpink; and best group of the year, which went to BTS.