With movements all about body positivity and gender equality being heard across the globe, it only makes sense that women dominated the VMAs this year. Several iconic singers took home awards that not only represented the creative abilities of women but also showed what real girl power is. No, it’s not matching friendship bracelets or a catchy slogan on a shirt, girl power is found in confident women that lift others up through their thoughts and actions. It’s a force to be reckoned with… clearly.
Amongst the numerous female nominees were Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande with ten nominations each. So it comes as no surprise when Ariana won four awards including Artist of the Year and Song of the Summer for her hit single Boyfriend.
Taylor didn’t lag behind either. She kick-started the show with her fan-favourite single You Need To Calm Down followed by her first live performance of Lover, one of the title tracks in her record-breaking album. And using the opportunity, Taylor took a stance on equality during her speech stating that we “want a world where we are all treated equally under the law”. Equality is a passion of Taylor’s that was fully recognised after she won the Video For Good award for her You Need To Calm Down video. The music video aimed to raise awareness about equality, resulting in boosted support for the Equality Act in America.
Equality wasn’t the only thing promoted at the VMAs, Best New Artist contender Lizzo spread a body-positive message through her performance for Truth Hurts and Good as Hell, and we can’t help but gush over her confidence.
Not only that, Cardi B, who won the Best Hip-Hop award for Money, presented Missy Elliott with her Vanguard Award and even went on to call her “a champion for women who want to be doing their own thing.".
The girl power streak didn't stop there, as Billie Eilish took home three awards. Though she wasn't able to attend the show due to her tour schedules, she still managed to win Best New Artist, Push Artist of the Year, and Best Editing for her Bad Guy music video (which btw, she edited herself).
These women are truly deserving of their awards - and for all the right reasons. Go girls!
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