Fan voters spread the wealth at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Cardi B and Childish Gambino led the way with three victories apiece. But at the end of the night there were surprises in the top two categories. Video of the Year and Artist of the Year both went to Camila Cabello. Check out the complete list of VMA winners here.
Cabello won Video of the Year on her first ever nomination for her chart-topping single “Havana” featuring Young Thug. She upset our odds-on favorite Childish Gambino, whose “This is America” was one of the most talked-about videos of the year, but when it comes to passionate fan bases he couldn’t compete with Cabello. She was formerly a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, with whom Cabello had already won three VMAs: Artist to Watch for “Miss Movin’ On” (2014), Best Collaboration for “Work from Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign (2016) and Song of the Summer for “All in My Head (Flex)” featuring Fetty Wap (2016). We should have learned then that you must never underestimate the power of Harmonizers at a fan-voted awards show.
Cardi B had the most nominations this year (12), and she certainly didn’t leave empty-handed. She claimed Best New Artist, Song of the Summer for “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and Best Collaboration for “Dinero” with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled.
Childish Gambino also won three awards, though that was shy of the clean sweep of his seven categories we were anticipating. “This is America” claimed Best Video with a Message as well as two professional categories: Best Direction and Best Choreography. Despite the shortfall, that made “This is America” the most awarded video of the night.
Beyonce and Jay-Z had the most nominated video of the year: “Apeshit” entered these awards with eight bids. It didn’t win any of the main categories, but it did take home a couple of professional awards: Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. That extends Beyonce’s record as the most awarded artist in VMA history. She now has 26 Moonmen. That’s six more than the second most awarded VMA artist Madonna, who this year presented the Video of the Year prize to Cabello.
What did you think of this year’s winners? Did Cabello deserve her top prizes? Was Childish Gambino robbed? Discuss the show in the comments below, and join the debate right here in our music forums.