VMAs: 10 Memorable Moments From the MTV Awards ShowAugust 21, 2018
The 2018 Video Music Awards aired on Monday night from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and featured several memorable, moving and entertaining moments.
Notable moments at the show included a showstopping performance by Jennifer Lopez, who was also honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She sang a compilation of her greatest hits, including “On the Floor,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Booty,” “Dance Again” and her most recent single featuring DJ Khaled, “Dinero.”
Castmembers of MTV’s hit reality show The Hills — including Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia and Stephanie Pratt — appeared on the red carpet to tease big news, which later in the awards was revealed to be a reboot of the show, which will be titled The Hills: New Beginnings. A teaser for the reboot aired during a commercial break.
Towards the end of the show, Madonna detailed what the late Aretha Franklin, who died Aug. 16, meant to her and her career. Critics and Twitter users slammed the singer for telling a self-indulgent story, rather than truly honoring Franklin’s legacy, and her traditional African garb sparked accusations of cultural appropriation.
The show also featured performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Logic featuring Ryan Tedder, Travis Scott and Panic! At the Disco.
Read on for a round-up of the show’s most memorable moments.