Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo and K-pop band BTS were also among the big winners at the first major awards shows in New York to be held with a full audience of fans and celebrities since the coronavirus pandemic.
Bieber, 27, returned to the VMA stage for the first time in six years and took home Moon Person statuettes for artist of the year and best pop for his single “Peaches.”
“Music is such an amazing outlet to be able to reach people and to be able to bring us all together,” said Bieber, referring to the dark days of the pandemic.
Last year the VMAs took place in New York without a live audience and with most performances recorded in advance because of the pandemic.
Lil Nas X, 22, a gay, black musician who had a breakout hit with “Old Town Road” two years ago, won video of the year for his gay rights anthem “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
“Let’s go gay agenda!” said the musician, accepting the award.
Sunday’s ceremony also marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of MTV as a channel dedicated to playing music videos.
Madonna, also celebrating her 40 years in the music business, opened the show in a surprise appearance. “They said we wouldn’t last. But we’re still here,” Madonna said.
“This is so insane. This has been the most magical year of my life,” Rodrigo said, dedicating her win to “all the other girls who write songs on their bedroom floor.”
BTS was named group of the year and won best K-Pop for single “Butter”, and sent thanks by video from South Korea.
Rock band Foo Fighters got the Global Icon Award recognizing their 25 years in the music industry.
The 12-time Grammy-winning band performed a medley of hits with “Charlie R.I.P” scrawled on their drum kit in tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
Comedian Eddie Butita lands lucrative deal with Netflix
The funnyman said that he has always wanted to work with Netflix and when the opportunity presented itself he grabbed it with both hands.
On Thursday, a thankful Butita said that he scripted and directed the Swahili Version of Upshaws an American sitcom created by Wanda Sykes and Regina Y. Hicks.
Other Kenyans who were part of Upshaw’s Swahili Version are; Happie Jeremiah, Edna Akinyi, Brian Mueka, Raphael Gati, Frank Mativo, Phillip Obwogi, Pascal Mwita, Elton Mwambi, Malcolm Marwa, Janet Kihanya, Alfred Munyua, Sharon Musungu, and Sally Ramadhan.
The Upshaws is an American sitcom created by Regina Y. Hicks and Wanda Sykes. The series stars Sykes, Mike Epps, Kim Fields, Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, Gabrielle Dennis, and Journey Christine.
The series premiered on Netflix on May 12, 2021. In June 2021, the series was renewed for a second season and now it has a Swahili version.
Kanye West Attends the 2021 Met Gala With Kim Kardashian
The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.
The 2021 Met Gala had a few fashionable surprises in store. Kimye fans were sent into a frenzy after a mystery man in a masked arrived, who looked so similar to Kanye West, accompanied Kim Kardashian at the 2021 Met Gala.
Not to mention, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star’s outfit alone sparked chatter online after she made a dramatic red carpet entrance in a polarizing look by Balenciaga. For the momentous occasion, Kim donned a full-body get-up featuring a black face covering that she paired with a body-hugging T-shirt dress, catsuit and jersey boots.
Rick Ross finally talks about his relationship with Hamisa Mobetto
In an interview with Lil Ommy, Rick Ross said that currently he is very close with Ms. Mobetto but will leave the bit of explaining the kind of relationship they have to her.
Ross’s statement on his friendship with Hamisa comes at a time he had raised eyebrows with comments on Hamisa Mobetto’s page whenever she uploads new photos.
In the same spirit, the rapper managed to secure Hamisa a deal with Luc Belaire and an interview with Luc Belaire CEO under their self-made segment.
According to Hamisa, people have been hating on her, just because she sired kids with two prominent and rich men in Tanzania.
For the record, Hamisa’s first-born daughter Fancy was sired by Businessman Majizzo who owns radio and a TV station, while her second born son belongs to Diamond, the owner of Wasafi label and TV.