Queer Artists Slayed The VMAs

Anitta, Dove Cameron, Lil’ Nas, and Lizzo all won big at Sunday night’s ceremony.

Sunday was a good night for queer artists at the MTV Video Music Awards. Anitta, Dove Cameron, Lil’ Nas, and Lizzo all won big at Sunday night’s ceremony. 

Lil’ Nas, along with Jack Harlow, took home multiple awards for their collaboration, “Industry Baby,” including Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, and Best Visual Effects, while Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” was named Best Video for Good (out artist Rina Sawayama was also nominated in the same category for her hit, “This Hell”). 

Brazilian singer and songwriter Anitta, who was also among the night’s performers, took home the award for Best Latin, while singer and actress Dove Cameron was named Best New Artist.

“[I] love you so much,” Cameron messaged on Twitter following last night’s win. She included a picture of herself holding her trophy. 

In a post on Instagram, Anitta told fans, “I won’t type anything right now cuz I’m still processing everything that just happened tonight. THANKS THANKS THANKS @vmas.” The post was accompanied by a video capturing the moment she won. 


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In her acceptance speech, Lizzo channeled Nicki Minaj circa 2015 (when the R&B singer famously called out Miley Cyrus on stage), with her own call-out to the haters – most likely rapper Aries Spears who in an interview of the weekend made unflattering comments about her appearance.

“And now to the bitches that got something to say about me in the press. You know what, I’m not gonna say nothing,” Lizzo said, before elaborating: “They be like, ‘Lizzo, why don’t you clap back?’ ‘Cause bitch, I’m winning, ho,” she said. “Big bitches winning, ho! Best revenge is your paper, bitch!”

She also took a moment to encourage viewers to vote in the upcoming midterm elections this November. “Your vote means everything to me, it means everything to making a change in this country,” she said. “So remember when you’re voting for your favorite artists, vote to change some of these laws that are oppressing us.” 

Check here for a full list of last night’s winners and nominees. 


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