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Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X and Justin Bieber were the big winners at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, Sept. 12.

Lil Nas X took home the night's biggest honor at the MTV Music Awards, held at the Barclays Center in New York City.

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The openly ghey rapper won Video of the Year for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)", which also landed the Best Visual Effects trophy.

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Bieber won Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. Wearing a black hoodie and oversized double breasted jacket, Bieber said:

"As we all know, there's a lot going on in the world. With COVID, we are living in unprecedented times. Music is a fantastic way to bring people together. We’re all here at the same time."

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Olivia Rodrigo was a triple winner, collecting trophies for Song of the Year and Best New Artist, while Bieber picked up Artist of the Year and Best Pop.

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Other winners include Machine Gun Kelly (pictured with girlfriend, Megan Fox), Global Icon Award winners Foo Fighters, ceremony host Doja Cat, Busta Rhymes, and Twenty One Pilots.

BTS were also among the multiple winners, picking up awards for Best Group, Best K-Pop and Song of the Summer ("Butter"), and Billie Eilish, who shared the Best Latin honor with her "Lo Vas A Olvidar" collaborator Rosalia and the Video For Good prize for "Your Power."

Full list of MTV VMA winners:

GLOBAL ICON AWARD

Foo Fighters

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

SONG OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License

SONG OF THE SUMMER

BTS - Butter

BEST NEW ARTIST

Olivia Rodrigo

BEST GROUP

BTS

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Olivia Rodrigo - Drivers License

BEST COLLABORATION

Doja Cat featuring SZA - Kiss Me More

BEST POP

Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon - Peaches

BEST HIP-HOP

Travis Scott featuring Young Thug & M.I.A. - FRANCHISE

BEST ROCK

John Mayer - Last Train Home

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear - my ex's best friend

BEST LATIN

Billie Eilish & ROSALIA - Lo Vas A Olvidar

BEST R&B

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave The Door Open

BEST K-POP

BTS - Butter

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish - Your Power

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X, MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) - directed by Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beyonce, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid, BROWN SKIN GIRL - cinematography by Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammed Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Harry Styles, Treat People With Kindness - choreography by Paul Roberts

BEST ART DIRECTION

Saweetie featuring Doja Cat - Best Friend

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

BEST EDITING

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave The Door Open

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Black Twitter imploded after Lil Nas X passionately tongue kissed a man onstage at the BET Awards.

Lil Nas X stunned BET Awards viewers on Sunday night by making out with one of his male dancers after performing "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)".

The openly homosexual rapper closed out his set at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles by playing tonsil hockey with his dancer as the audience cheered.

Not everyone was supportive of Nas X's celebration of Pride Month. Many on social media say Nas X was inappropriate in front of minors viewing at home.

One Twitter user wrote: "Black ppl wouldn't have supported Old Town Road if we knew it was gonna turn into this."

Another user wrote: "It's good that these folks are standing up to this foolishness."

Another user tweeted: "I agree Hundred points symbol percent. You don't have to throw away all your moral compass for 'love is love' ... protecting children is a must r regardless of your lifestyle. I'm glad they are speaking out. It just shows how they expect everyone to go along with the garbage public behavior."

Even members of the LGBT+ community ripped Nas X for the kiss on national television.

The 22-year-old Georgia native clapped back at his critics, saying, "Y'all really like to pretend homosexuality didn't exist in African culture."

Nas X is best known for a remix to his country-trap single, "Old Town Road," featuring country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus, 59.
 

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Megan Thee Stallion (pictured) and mom-to-be Cardi B were among the big winners at the 2021 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Megan picked up four trophies, including Best Female Hip Hop Artist and the Viewer's Choice Award for her Beyonce collaboration "Savage," while both stars won Best Collaboration and Best Video for "WAP."

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Megan was joined on the red carpet by her significant other, rap producer Pardison "Pardi" Fontaine.

But Cardi grabbed the spotlight by revealing she was expecting her second child during a surprise set with her husband Offset's group Migos.

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It was also a big night for singer Jazmine Sullivan, right, who took home the Album of the Year prize for "Heaux Tales." Jazmine posed with rapper Coi LeRay before the show.

Singer H.E.R. was named Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Bruno Mars, took home two awards for Video Director and Best Group for his magical collaboration with Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic.

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The awards show, hosted by Taraji P. Henson (pictured), featured a record 18 show-stopping performances from the likes of Sullivan, Lil Baby, H.E.R., DJ Khaled, and Lil Nas X, as well as tributes to Lifetime Achievement recipient Queen Latifah and the late DMX.

Queen Latifah was overcome with emotion as she collected her latest honor and accolade.

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Holding back tears, the rap pioneer and actress took the stage after Lil' Kim, Rapsody, MC Lyte and Monie Love delivered a stirring tribute, and had to compose herself before accepting the honor (see video blow).

"I'm so extremely moved I don't even know what to... I want to thank BET for creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine. When we couldn't get played on the radio and other places, we couldn't get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness."

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Latifah, a closeted lesbian, also thanked God, her father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., who joined her onstage, and her late mother, stating, "I've always celebrated the woman because I was raised by a strong Black woman, and raised by a father who loves women."
 

The full list of winners are:

Album of the Year:

Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:

H.E.R.

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:

Chris Brown

Best Group:

Silk Sonic

Best Collaboration:

WAP - Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Best Male Hip Hop Artist:

Lil Baby

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:

Megan Thee Stallion

Video of the Year:

WAP by Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

Video Director of the Year:

Bruno Mars & Florent Dechard

Best New Artist:

Giveon

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:

Strong God by Kirk Franklin

BET Her Award:

Good Days by Sza

Best International Act:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Viewer's Choice Award:

Savage (Remix) - Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

Best Movie:

Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Actress:

Andra Day

Best Actor:

Chadwick Boseman

Youngstars Award:

Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the Year Award:

Naomi Osaka

Sportsman of the Year Award:

Lebron James

Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act:

Bree Runway (United Kingdom)

Global Good Award:

Djamila Ribeiro

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Queen Latifah
 

 

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Jaden Smith will be honored by the University of California, Los Angeles for his environmental activism.

The 22-year-old son of A-list actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will be named Environmental Champion on October 13 by UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

"The climate challenges we face are too big to leave any ideas unexplored. Supporting the very bright minds at the school tackling the toughest problems with intellect and action is the true honor for me and my nonprofit 501CTHREE," Smith told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he's "humbled and grateful" to receive the award.

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In 2012, the young rapper/actor co-founded the brand Just Water, which uses plant-based packaging and sustainably sourced water. Through his 501CTHREE nonprofit, he has made mobile water-filtration systems available to lower-income minority communities in the U.S, including Flint, Michigan, which has long struggled with lead contamination in its water supply.

In 2019, Jaden Smith opened a vegan food truck to feed healthy, nutritious meals to the homeless in Los Angeles.

Previous recipients of the award include former American Vice President Al Gore and Barbra Streisand.

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Drake will receive Artist of the Decade honors at the "2021 Billboard Music Awards" (BBMAs), dick clark productions and NBC announced on Tuesday.

The record-breaking music superstar holds the title for most Billboard Music Awards with 27. He set the mark after taking home 12 awards in 2019.

Hosted by Nick Jonas, the BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Billboard's Artists of the Decade category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019.

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Artist of the Decade Drake By-The-Numbers:

2010 to 2020:

* Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* 33 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* Six No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* 18 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* 69 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart - the most of the decade of any artist
* 10 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

Career Chart Records:

* Only solo male with more than 50 career weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* A record 232 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* A record 45 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* A record 22 No. 1 titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
* A record 84 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
* A record 120 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Notable Chart Stats:

* Eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
* Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart
* 11 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart

* For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) visit billboardmusicawards.com and www.billboard.com/bbma.

The "2021 Billboard Music Awards" is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, Security Benefit and Xfinity.

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Oscar winner Chloe Zhao and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris have been saluted among the 100 Most Impactful Asians of 2021.

The non-profit organization Gold House unveiled their annual A100 list of the top Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who have been working to increase representation of their race and heritage in the public eye.

Honorees include K-pop stars Blackpink, H.E.R., Olivia Rodrigo, Gemma Chan, Kelly Marie Tran, and Simu Liu.

"Our leaders can no longer just be great - they must be good," said Bing Chen, president and co-founder of Gold House. "They can't just represent us in celebration - they must also elevate us when we're in pain.

"That's why this year's Gold House A100 List spotlights leaders who were excellent in achievement and eminent in activism. This is, in so many ways, the fight for our lives - and we need fighters who see that."

Those selected for the A100 were picked by a panel of judges, including George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Yeoh, Lea Salonga, Bob Iger, and Michael B. Jordan.

Also making the A100 list for 2021 are: rappers Anderson .Paak and Saweetie, actress Auli'i Cravalho, comedian Ronny Chieng, writer/director Lee Isaac Chung, tennis champ Naomi Osaka, TV personality Padma Lakshmi, and YouTube influencer Patrick Starr.

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British actor Daniel Kaluuya won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in biographical drama "Judas and the Black Messiah."

Like any good son, he thanked his parents in his acceptance speech: "You got to celebrate life, man! We're breathing, walking, it's incredible. It's incredible. Like, it's incredible. My mom met dad, they had sex. It's amazing."

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An ecstatic Daniel Kaluuya poses with Yuh-Jung Youn (left), winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Minari," and Frances McDormand, winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Nomadland."

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This is the fourth Oscar win for McDormand, who won her first Oscar for her sensitive portrayal of a police chief in the dark comedy film Fargo (1996). Her trophy collection includes two Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.

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Angela Bassett stunned on the red carpet at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 25.

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Tyler Perry, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, poses in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.

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L-R) Tiara Thomas, H.E.R., and Dernst Emile II, winners of Best Original Song for "Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah," pose in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station.

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Chloé Zhao becomes only the second woman to win Best Director in Academy Awards history. She took home the trophy for Nomadland.

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(L-R) Mia Neal, Jamika Wilson, and Sergio Lopez-Rivera pose backstage with the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling in the press room during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards

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(L-R): Andra Day, Tyler James Williams and Evan Ross embrace at the Spring Place's Oscars party honoring Andra Day and the cast of The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

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The 93rd Annual Academy Awards was broadcast live from Union Station in Los Angeles, California. Only 170 guests were invited as part of the audience. Hundreds of homeless people were cleared out of the area before the awards aired. They were threatened with jail time if they didn't leave.
 

See the partial list of winners below:

Best Picture:

Nomadland

Best Director:

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor:

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best Actress:

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor:

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress:

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father

Best Original Screenplay:

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Animated Feature:

Soul

Best Costume Design:

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Film Editing:

Sound of Metal

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Original Score:

Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste

Best Original Song:

"Fight For You" from Judas and the Black Messiah by H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, and Tiara Thomas

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:

Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture & Television Fund

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Megan Thee Stallion picked up three Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night. She appeared stunned and choked back tears when she realized she'd won the Best New Artist award, making her the first female rapper to win the award in 22 years after Lauren Hill took home the honor in 1999.

The 26-year-old rapper won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song award with her "Savage" collaborator Beyonce.

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Megan thanked her competition, including singer Doja Cat, pictured right, in her acceptance speech.

"First of all, I wanna say, everybody is amazing. Every artist that was nominated for this award is so amazing." She also thanked God, her team, and her late mother.

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The Houston rapper also won for the Best Rap Song trophy with her idol, Beyonce. They held hands as the two superstars took to the stage outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The rapper giggled through her acceptance speech after the "Crazy In Love" singer initially left her speechless. "If you know me, you have to know that ever since I was little I was like, 'You know what, one day when I grow up I'm gonna be, like, the rap Beyonce'. That was definitely my goal," she said.

"I remember I went to the (Houston) Rodeo for the first time and I saw Destiny's Child perform and I was like..., 'I love her work ethic, I love the way she is, I love the way she carried herself', and my mama will always be like, 'Megan, what would Beyonce do...?'"

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Holding back tears, she also thanked Beyonce's husband, Jay Z, for "putting me on Roc Nation", and she added, "My life has changed."

Beyonce also shared the love, telling Megan, "I have so much respect for you and I'm honored that you asked me to be part of this song."

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Megan and her "WAP" collaborator Cardi B performed their controversial hit live onstage. Their raunchy performance lit up the CBS Twitter page with complaints.
 

 

 

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Lizzo and other liberal stars turned the 2020 Billboard Music Awards into a political event Wednesday night.

Lizzo won the award for Top Song Sales at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The 32-year-old Taurus wore a one-sleeve, off the shoulder black frock with the words "VOTE" printed on it.

"I've been thinking a lot about suppression and the voices that refuse to be suppressed," said the "Truth Hurts" singer. "And I wonder, would I be standing here right now if it weren't for the big black women who refused to have their voices be suppressed?"

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Lizzo urged Billboard's viewers to get out and vote: "When people try to suppress something, it's normally because that thing holds power. They're afraid of your power ... So whether it's through music, protest or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice and refuse to be suppressed."

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Rapper activist Killer Mike, appearing via CCTV from Atlanta, was honored with the first ever Billboard Change Maker Award. After being presented the award by Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Killer Mike spoke directly to the young people pounding the pavement to seek justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

"You matter more than you know," he said in a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. "You are needed more than ever."

Killer Mike turned to his wife, Shana Render, standing beside him, and said, "This is our award."

He continued:

"I am first and foremost your husband and I would not be here receiving this if not for your encouragement... I'd probably just be smoking weed, hanging out... by myself. I love you very much and I appreciate you."

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Vivica A. Fox and Giuliana Rancic both pulled out of hosting the Emmys virtual red carpet event on Sunday night after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 56-year-old Kill Bill actress and Rancic, 46, were slated to co-host E! TV's Live From the Red Carpet show, but both released statements just before the special went live, explaining they had contracted the coronavirus.

"I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight!" Vivica wrote. "Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution I am isolating myself at home. During these unprecedented times, it's more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other."

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Rancic added: "As part of E! and NBCUniversal's very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19.

"Now as much as I didn't want to hear that, I'm very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I'm thankful... Take good care and I'll see you on the next red carpet."

Like most celebrities who use the coronavirus for PR, neither Vivica nor Giuliana are sick, but both claim to have "mild" symptoms.