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2018 MTV Video Music Awards: Childish Gambino & Cardi B Dominate

Written by Tom Williams on August 21, 2018

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) have just wrapped up at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, with Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) and Cardi B dominating proceedings.

Gambino won three of the seven awards he was nominated for, with his music video for ‘This Is America’ taking out the Best Direction, Best Choreography and Video With a Message awards.

Cardi B was the most nominated artist this year, receiving 12 nods and claiming gongs for Best New Artist, Song Of Summer and Best Collaboration (as part of Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Dinero’).

The Carters (Beyoncé and JAY-Z) received eight nominations, and took home Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography for ‘APES**T’, while Camila Cabello took out Video Of The Year for ‘Havana’, as well as Artist Of The Year.

Late Swedish producer Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) also won a posthumous award for Best Dance Video with his clip for ‘Lonely Together’ ft. Rita Ora, while Jennifer Lopez claimed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

View the full list of this year’s nominees and winners, below.

2018 MTV VMAs Winners & Nominees

Video of the Year:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug] — WINNER
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Artist of the Year:

Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello — WINNER
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

Song of the Year:

Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage] — WINNER

Best New Artist:

Bazzi
Cardi B — WINNER
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

Best Collaboration:

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B] — WINNER
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]

Best Pop Video:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” — WINNER
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Hip Hop Video:

Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi” [ft. 21 Savage]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos – “Walk It Talk It” [ft. Drake]
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li” — WINNER

Best Dance Video:

Avicii – “Lonely Together” [ft. Rita Ora] — WINNER
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello – “Silence” [ft. Khalid]
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Best Latin Video:

Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William] — WINNER
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Luis Fonsi – “Échame La Culpa” [ft. Demi Lovato]
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira – “Chantaje” [ft. Maluma]

Best Rock Video:

Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” — WINNER
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Video With a Message:

Childish Gambino – “This Is America” — WINNER
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]

Best Cinematography:

Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
The Carters – “APES**T” — WINNER
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem – “River” [ft. Ed Sheeran]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Direction:

The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” — WINNER
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” [ft. Chris Stapleton]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Art Direction:

The Carters – “APES**T” — WINNER
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Visual Effects:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem – “Walk On Water” [ft. Beyoncé]
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” — WINNER
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Choreography:

Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” — WINNER
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Best Editing:

Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna] — WINNER
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Push Artist of the Year:

July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
June 2018 – Sigrid
May 2018 – Lil Xan
April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko — WINNER
March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
November 2017 – Why Don’t We
October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
September 2017 – SZA
August 2017 – Kacy Hill
July 2017 – Khalid
June 2017 – Kyle
May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

Song of the Summer:

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It” — WINNER
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo – “No Brainer”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Post Malone – “Better Now”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award:

Jennifer Lopez — WINNER

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