When nominees were first announced back in August, Justin Bieber led the 2021 class with nine total nominations. Megan Thee Stallion, BTS, and Giveon followed close behind with seven nominations each. Also entering Sunday night with multiple nominations each were Drake, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Dua Lipa, and—marking a historic first—Doja Cat.
In addition to the main categories, this year’s ceremony also sees Foo Fighters receiving the first-ever U.S. Global Icon Award. The Global Icon Award originates from MTV’s Europe Music Awards festivities, with previous EMAs recipients including Eminem and Whitney Houston. The group is also among the assortment of 2021 performers.
This year’s ceremony—which also features performances from Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Kacey Musgraves, Machine Gun Kelly with Travis Barker, and more—follows a 2020 iteration that more than made the best out of the mid-pandemic conditions. Keke Palmer hosted that year’s uniquely crafted viewing experience, which included a memorable performance from BTS and a medley-housed rendition of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me.”
Below, see the full (and live-updated) list of 2021 VMAs victors. Winners’ names will be bolded.
Leading up to the ceremony, as previously announced, MTV collaborated with the 9/11 Day nonprofit for a series of service-focused activities in observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.