8 Best Moments From the 2021 MTV VMAs

Here are the 8 most memorable moments from the 2021 #VMAs

9/14/2021 4:03:00 PM

Here are the 8 most memorable moments from the 2021 VMAs

The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards took over the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday and as usual, there was no shortage of memorable moments.

John Shearer/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBSLil Nas X performs onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sept. 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards took over the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday night (Sept. 12), and as usual, there was no shortage of memorable moments.

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From surprise appearances and performance tributes to meme-worthy red carpet interactions, see below for the best moments from this year's VMAs.2021 MTV VMAs Winners List (Updating)Madonna's Surprise AppearanceNo New York City awards show would be complete without iconic New Yorker/the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna.

In a pre-taped, chill-inducing cold open, Madonna paid homage to her history with MTV on the network's 40th anniversary."Around 40 years ago I came to New York City with nothing but $35 and a pair of dance shoes," she said."Forty years ago, another underdog arrived in New York City hoping to create something revolutionary. An all-music channel premiered in the middle of the night and called itself MTV. We found each other and formed a bond that changed my life, changed music and created a whole new art form. That's why there's only one place to be tonight." headtopics.com

She then surprised the crowd by showing up to the Barclays Center in person."They said we wouldn't last, but we're still here mother—kers," she announced."Happy 40th, MTV."Cyndi Lauper's Call for Women's RightsBefore handing out the best pop award to Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar and Giveon for"Peaches," Cyndi Lauper put a powerful twist on her 1983 hit,"Girls Just Want to Have Fun."

"Girls still want to have fun, but they also want funds, equal pay, control over our bodies. You know, fundamental rights," Lauper told the crowd, who met her statement with venue-shaking cheers.Billie Eilish's"Your Power" Acceptance Speech

After her"Your Power" won the fan-voted video for good award, Billie Eilish used her speech to push an important message."We need to protect our young women at all costs," she shared."For real. We also need to remember that we all have power and we have to remember to not abuse it."

Billy Porter's OutfitHe slayed in a silver suit and matching platforms... basically a real-life Moon Person. Enough said.Lil Nas X's Tribute to Those Living With HIVLil Nas X's"Industry Baby" performance with Jack Harlow wasn't just sizzling hot, it also had a special element of activism. headtopics.com

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According to a tweet from Mardrequs Harris of the Southern AIDS Coalition sported a jacket onstage with the number 433,816 in red, which represents"the number of people living with HIV in the U.S. South."Nick Cannon Bowing Down to Ashanti 

Nick Cannon has become a bit of a meme on the Internet lately due to having seven kids with four women. So when he bowed at Ashanti's feet, kissing her hand on the red carpet, Twitter exploded with jokes.However, we can't blame him for his reaction to Ashanti, who stunned in a black strappy Michael Costello gown.

Normani's Homage to Janet JacksonWhile performing"Wild Side" at the 2021 VMAs, Normani paid tribute to pop icon Janet Jackson by giving a lap dance to Teyana Taylor, recreating the well-known lap dance Jackson would give fans while performing “Would You Mind” live.

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