The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards took place Monday night at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The annual event brings stars together from all over the music industry to celebrate, provides fans with some awesome live performances, and never fails to bring a surprise or two. Dance Network has put together the three best dance moments of the night.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, on Monday, August 20th, 2018. Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.
1. Jennifer Lopez
Can we just talk about J-Lo for a sec?
Jennifer Lopez, by far, took the cake of not only the evening’s best dance performance, but the best performance— period. Lopez, who won the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award— presented to music artists for accomplishments in both music and film,— performed a medley of some of her biggest hits, including 'Waiting For Tonight', 'Get On The Floor', 'Love Don't Cost A Thing’, and her current hit, ‘Dinero’.
J-Lo, the first Latin American artist to win the Vanguard Award, danced and sang for over ten minutes and looked incredible. Both her vocals and movement were in top shape, and she made no mistake by surrounding herself with an ensemble of some of the best back-up dancers in town.
J-Lo’s boyfriend, former New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez, was spotted dancing along in the audience, and J-Lo’s partner on the pop hit ‘Dinero,’ DJ Khaled, made an appearance during the final section of the medley.
Check out J-Lo’s full performance here:
2. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj showed up at the VMA’s in full Nicki fashion: bringing the costumes, the performance, and the shade.
Nicki, who performed live from the remote location of The Oculus in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of FiDi, appeared from the top of a gold staircase wrapped in a bright pink overcoat, along with a scepter. Minaj’s dancers, however, took her performance to the next level, killing with tight, balanced, and interesting choreo.
Minaj also made waves at the event by not only promoting a certain expletive “award” to be given out on her new radio show, but also by (playfully?) clapping back at a joke from Tiffany Haddish’s regarding 5th Harmony.
See Nicki’s full performance here:
3. Hayley Kiyoko
It might have been short, but it was certainly sweet.
Newcomer Hayley Kiyoko performed her hit song ‘Curious’ surrounded by a group of hip-hop back-up dancers and blew the roof off of RCMH.
Kiyoko, who was making her debut trip to the Awards ceremony itself, won her first Moon Person Award for Push Artist Of The Year. Kiyoko beat out a list of other breakout artists for the Push award, including Noah Cyrus, Jessie Reyez, Lil Xan, Tee Grizzley, PRETTYMUCH, Chloe X Halle, Khalid, Sigrid, and Why Don't We.
Check out a clip of her performance here: