VMA Record Setters 2022: Taylor Swift, Plus Others

Taylor Swift, plus other 2022 Record Holders, is the First Artist to Reach This VMAs Feat

Some surprises were included in the show. For example, Lisa beat BTS for Best K-pop and Anitta beat Bad Bunny at best Latin.


Taylor Swift was named the top winner of the 2022 Video Music Awards with three wins, video of the Year, best long-form and best direction for “All Too Well (10 minute version) (Taylor’s Version).

VMAs took place at Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (Aug. 28).

Swift is the first artist in history to win video of year three times. She won previously for “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lemar (2015) and “You Need to Calm Down” (2019).

Swift, who became the first woman artist to win album best of the year three consecutive times at the Grammys in 2021, is echoed here. Swift is the first artist without gender restrictions to achieve this feat.

Swift’s VMAs career total now stands at 14 which places her in fourth place, just behind Beyonce (29) and Madonna (20). The top four most successful female solo artists are, indeed.

Jack Harlow was awarded four total awards. However, that does not include two technical categories. Lil Nas, Harry Styles received three awards. Nicki Mnaj Red Hot Chili Peppers, BLACKPINK were each awarded two.

Some surprises were included in the show. Lisa defeated BTS for best Kpop, while Anitta defeated Bad Bunnyfor best Latin.

LL Cool J Harlow and Minaj “anchored the show.” Minaj was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Red Hot Chili Peppers was awarded the Global Icon Award. Both of these artists won awards in competition.

Here are some key records from the 2022 VMAs.

  • Taylor Swift

“All Too Well (10-minute version) (Taylor’s Version),” was the first video to be directed by the artist and win video of the Year. The previous four video of the Year winners were co-directed with an outside collaborator: Missy Elliott’s “Work It” (with Dave Meyers), Kendrick lamar’s”HUMBLE.” (with Meyers & Dave Free), Swift’s “You need to calm down (with Drew Kirsch), Lil Nas X’s “Montero [Call Me by Your Name]” (with Tanu muino).

Swift won the best long-form short video award for “All Too Well (10 minutes version) (Taylor’s Version). Swift is also the third winner in this sporadically displayed category. Madonna was first for “The Immaculate Collection”, 1991. Beyonce followed for “Lemonade”, (2016).

Swift won best direction again, having previously won the category for “The Man” two years ago. Swift is now the second woman to win the category, after Valerie Faris, who worked with Jonathan Dayton to direct “Tonight, Tonight”, the 1996 winner, as well as “Californication,” which was the 2000 winner.

Swift is the second person twice to win best direction for work on own videos. Lamar was nominated for “Alright” (2015) and the “HUMBLE!” (2017) co-directions.

  • Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny was awarded the artist of year title in an historic win. This is the first year that a Latin artist has been awarded a VMAs award, including an all-genre marquee. It was a surprise but not unexpected that he beat Harry Styles and Drake. Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti reaches its ninth week at the top. 1 on the Billboard 200 this Week, equaling the Encantosoundtrack record for longest-running No. 2022:

Bad Bunny didn’t win best Latin. Anitta was awarded this award. Despite four nominations over the past three years, Bad Bunny has never won best Latin. He was nominated in “Mia” with Drake in 2019, “Yo Perreo Sola”, and “Dakiki (with Jhay Cortez), 2021, and “Un Dia (One Day),” a collab with J Balvin (Dua Lipa) and Tainy in 2021.

  • Harry Styles

Styles won best music for “As It Was.” Styles won this award as part Of One Direction 10 years ago. Styles also won best pop video for “What Makes You Beautiful.” Styles is only the second solo artist to win in this category. Justin Timberlake (formerly of *NSYNC) was the first. *NSYNC won with “Bye Bye Bye”, (2000), and “Pop,” (2002). JT won the category with “Cry Me a River” in 2003.

Styles won album of the Year for Harry’s House. He faced two albums in his competition that he almost certainly will face again in Grammy’s album of the Year competition: Adele’s 30and Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti.

“As It was” won the award as best cinematography.

  • Jack Harlow

Harlow was awarded four awards, three of them shared with Lil Nas X. Their collaboration was nominated for best collaboration for “Industry Baby,” which is a No. They were the Hot 100’s No. 1 hit. Surprisingly though, this is the first time an all-male collaboration has won in this category. This category was introduced in 2007. “Industry Baby” also won the best art direction award and best visual effects.

Harlow was also awarded the song of summer award for “First Class,” which was also No. #1 hit on the Hot 100.

  • Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj won the best hip-hop award for “Do we have a problem?” (featuring Lil Baby). Also, she received the Video Vanguard Award. This is Minaj’s fourth win for best Hip-Hop, which means she can surpass Drake as the top category winner. Minaj won the category for “Super Bass” (2011), and again with “Anaconda” (2015) and “Chun-Li” (2018).

Minaj’s VMAs total now stands at seven. This puts her ahead of Missy Elliot as the female rapper who has won the most VMAs. Elliott was the previous Video Vanguard winner, before Minaj. She was honored in 2019.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

The award-winning band also won the Global Icon Award.

With the Peppers’ awards, their total career VMAs now stands at 10. This puts them in third place, tied with Aerosmith and BTS. R.E.M. With 12 awards, R.E.M. is the leader of all groups. Green Day follows with 11.

  • Dove Cameron

Cameron won the award for best new artist. He beat Maneskin (SEVENTEEN) by a single point. This is the fifth consecutive time that a female solo artist has won this category. Cardi B won the 2018 category, followed by Billie Eilish (Doja Cat), Olivia Rodrigo (Olivia Rodrigo).

The initial three nominees included three additional acts, but they didn’t make it to the final three. These were Baby Keem (GAYE), and Latto.

Cameron gets a boost from this as Grammy season draws near. She is also a strong contender for best new performer at that show.


BLACKPINK member Lisa was awarded best K-pop for “Lalisa,” her solo single. She defeated BTS, who had won this category in the past three years with “Boy With Luv”, Halsey, and “On”.

BLACKPINK was named the new best metaverse performance in “The Virtual” category. This category is designed to recognize virtual performances.

It is the second VMA won by an all-female South Korean band. They were awarded song of the year two years ago for “How You Like That.”

MTV presented an NFT (nonfungible token), to the winner. Recur collaborated with MTV to create the NFT ecofriendly companion award.

  • BTS

K-pop sensations won the best group award for the fourth straight year. They now have the opportunity to surpass No Doubt, who was the previous top winner in the category’s entire history.

Note: The VMAs awarded best group video each year starting in 1984 and ending in 2007, but the category was put on hold from 2008 to 2018. In large part, this category was revived in 2019 due to the popularity of BTS.

BTS receives the award, bringing its total career VMAs to 10.

  • The Weeknd

The Weeknd won best R&B again for “Out of Time” for the second consecutive year. He was previously awarded in 2020 for “Blinding Lights.”

En Vogue, Destiny’s Child (Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce are all two-time winners in this category. (Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hills are also two time winners if you combine single and Fugees release.

  • Maneskin

The Italian glam rock band won best alternative for the song “I Wanna Be Your Slave”. They were the first outsider to win this category which was presented between 1991 and 1998, but was then taken off-line until 2020.

Maneskin beat Machine Gun Kelly. Kelly won in this category the previous two years. MGK won this year for the “emo girk,” which featured Willow.

This is a major win for Maneskin. The company has struggled to emerge from the shadows of its U.S. breakthrough hit “Beggin.” ‘”

Maneskin also received nominations for best new artist/group of the year.

  • Billie Eilish

Eilish won song-of-the year for “Happier That Ever,” which brings her total career VMAs to seven. This is Eilish’s second win for song of year. She was defeated by “Bad Guy” in the song of the year category. “Everything I Wanted” won the Grammy for song-of-the-year. (“Happier Than ever”) was nominated in this category at the Grammys in April but was unable to win. Eilish co-wrote all three songs along with Finneas (her brother and collaborator).

  • Anitta

The Brazilian star won best Latin, beating Favorite Bad Bunny who was nominated for Tii Me Pregunto. Anitta is the first Brazilian artist ever to win a VMA.

  • Lizzo

Lizzo won video-of-the year for her heartfelt song “About Damn Time.” This is her first VMA.

“About Damn Time”, the Hot 100’s top song, remained at number one for two weeks.


The South Korean boy band won Push Performance of the Year. They were the Push artist December 2021 for “Rock With You”. This was the group’s debut VMA.

The group also received nominations for best new artist (for “Hot”) and best Kpop video (for the same song).

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