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2019 MTV VMAs: Winners List (Updating Live)

MTV's Video Music Awards took the turn up to New Jersey this year with show-stopping performances from Lizzo, Missy Elliott, Rosalía and many more.

Hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, the Prudential Center in New Jersey Monday (Aug 26) was a haven for big moments in pop culture. From Lizzo's girl power set to Normani's solo debut, there were plenty of moments that had fans on their feet.

The big winners of the night were Taylor Swift, who took home two trophies for video of the year and video for good thanks to her hit single "You Need To Calm Down." The next batch of big winners included Ariana Grande and Billie Ellish who were not in attendance. Grande took home Artist of the Year and Ellish scooped up "Push Artist of the Year" and best new artist.

Other notable moments included Lil Nas X's Tron-like performance of "Panini," Big Sean and A$AP Ferg's performance of their new single "Bezerk" and a special hip-hop medley by New Jersey's finest: Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, Redman, Fetty Wap and Wyclef Jean.

There were also plenty of firsts at the VMAs like Lil Nas X's first win for song of the year and Normani's solo win for best R&B video.

Latin power was also in the house as Rosalía performed with Ozuna and J Balvin and Bad Bunny gave a very creative performance of "Qué Pretendes."

Also during the Video Music Awards, Missy Elliott received the Micheal Jackson Video Vanguard Award and provided a perfect performance of some of her biggest hits like "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," "Pass That Dutch," "Work It" and more.

Check out the complete list of MTV VMAs winners below.


Video Of The Year

21 Savage ft. J. Cole – "a lot"
Billie Eilish – "bad guy"
Ariana Grande – "thank u, next"
Jonas Brothers – "Sucker"
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)"
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" (WINNER) 

Artist Of The Year

Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande (WINNER) 
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Song Of The Year

Drake – "In My Feelings"
Ariana Grande – "thank u, next"
Jonas Brothers – "Sucker"
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – "Shallow"
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" (WINNERS)
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down"

Best New Artist

Ava Max
Billie Eilish (WINNER) 
Lil Nas X

Best Collaboration

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)"
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – "Shallow"
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" (WINNERS)
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – "ME!"
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – "I Don't Care"
BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv"

Push Artist Of The Year



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Best Pop

5 Seconds of Summer – "Easier"
Cardi B & Bruno Mars – "Please Me"
Billie Eilish – "bad guy"
Ariana Grande – "thank u, next"
Jonas Brothers – "Sucker" (WINNERS)
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down"
Khalid - "Talk"

Best Hip Hop

2 Chainz ft. Ariana Grande – "Rule the World"
21 Savage ft. J. Cole – "a lot"
Cardi B – "Money" (WINNER) 
DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend – "Higher"
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)"
Travis Scott ft. Drake – "SICKO MODE"

Best R&B

Anderson .Paak ft. Smokey Robinson – "Make It Better"
Childish Gambino – "Feels Like Summer"
H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller – "Could've Been"
Alicia Keys – "Raise A Man"
Ella Mai – "Trip"
Normani ft. 6lack – "Waves" (WINNERS) 

Best K-Pop

BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" (WINNERS) 
BLACKPINK – "Kill This Love"
Monsta X ft. French Montana – "Who Do You Love"
NCT 127 – "Regular"
EXO – "Tempo"

Best Latin

Anuel AA, Karol G – "Secreto"
Bad Bunny ft. Drake – "MIA"
benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin – "I Can't Get Enough"
Daddy Yankee ft. Snow – "Con Calma"
Maluma – "Mala Mía"
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – "Con Altura" (WINNERS)

Best Dance

The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – "Call You Mine" (WINNERS)
Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – "Solo"
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B – "Taki Taki"
David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin – "Say My Name"
Marshmello & Bastille – "Happier"
Silk City & Dua Lipa ft. Diplo & Mark Ronson– "Electricity"

Best Rock

The 1975 – "Love It If We Made It"
Fall Out Boy – "Bishops Knife Trick"
Imagine Dragons – "Natural"
Lenny Kravitz – "Low"
Panic! At The Disco – "High Hopes" (WINNERS) 
twenty one pilots – "My Blood"

Video For Good

Halsey – "Nightmare"
The Killers – "Land of the Free"
Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey ft. Gallant – "Runaway Train"
John Legend – "Preach"
Lil Dicky – "Earth"
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" (WINNERS)

Best Group

5 Seconds of Summer
Backstreet Boys
Jonas Brothers
Why Don't We

Best Power Anthem

Ariana Grande – "7 rings"
DJ Khaled ft. Cardi B & 21 Savage – "Wish Wish"
Halsey – "Nightmare"
Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott – "Tempo"
Maren Morris – "GIRL"
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – "Hot Girl Summer" (WINNERS) 
Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter"
Taylor Swift – "You Need To Calm Down"

Song Of Summer

Ariana Grande, Social House – "boyfriend" (WINNERS) 
Billie Eilish – "bad guy"
DaBaby – "Suge"
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – "I Don't Care"
Jonas Brothers – Sucker"
Khalid – "Talk"
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)"
Lil Tecca – "Ransom"
Lizzo – "Truth Hurts"
Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter"
Post Malone ft. Young Thug – "Goodbyes"
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – "Con Altura"
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita"
Taylor Swift – "You Need To Calm Down"
The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – "Call You Mine"
Young Thug ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott – "The London"

Best Direction

Billie Eilish – "bad guy" – Directed by Dave Meyers (WINNERS)
FKA twigs – "Cellophane" ­– Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
Ariana Grande – "thank you, next" – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Directed by Calmatic
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – "No New Friends" – Directed by Dano Cerny
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Directed by Drew Kirsch & Taylor Swift

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish – "when the party's over" – Visual Effects by Bryan Fugal of Centralfugal Productions, Ryan Ross & Andres Jaramillo
FKA twigs – "Cellophane" – Visual Effects by Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog
Ariana Grande – "God is a Woman" – Visual Effects by Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic
DJ Khaled ft. SZA – "Just Us" – Visual Effects by GloriaFX, Sergii Mashevskyi and Anatolii Kuzmytskyi
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – "No New Friends" – Visual Effects by Ethan Chancer
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – "ME!" – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX (WINNERS)

Best Editing

Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Tints" – Editing by Vinnie Hobbs
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Editing by Calmatic
Billie Eilish – "bad guy" – Editing by Billie Eilish (WINNER)
Ariana Grande – "7 Rings" – Editing by Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh
Solange – "Almeda" – Editing by Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Editing by Jarrett Fijal

Best Art Direction

BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" – Art Direction by JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E)
Ariana Grande – "7 Rings" – Art Direction by John Richoux (WINNER) 
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – "Old Town Road (Remix)" – Art Direction by Christian Zollenkopf for Prettybird
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter
Taylor Swift – "You Need to Calm Down" – Art Direction by Brittany Porter
Kanye West and Lil' Pump ft. Adele Givens – "I Love It" – Art Direction by Tino Schaedler

Best Choreography

FKA twigs – "Cellophane" – Choreography by Kelly Yvonne
ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – "Con Altura" – Choreography by Charm La'Donna (WINNERS)
LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo – "No New Friends" – Choreography by Ryan Heffington
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Choreography by Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv
Solange – "Almeda" – Choreography by Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles
BTS ft. Halsey – "Boy With Luv" – Choreography by Son Sungdeuk, Quick Crew

Best Cinematography

Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – "Tints" – Cinematography by Elias Talbot
Billie Eilish – "hostage" – Cinematography by Pau Castejon
Ariana Grande – "thank you, next" – Cinematography by Christopher Probst
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "Señorita" – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham (WINNER)
Solange – "Almeda" – Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – "ME!" – Cinematography by Starr Whitesides

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50 Cent And Kenya Barris Developing TV Series Based On 'The 50th Law'

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is teaming up with actor and director Kenya Barris to create a television series based on Jackson's New York Times bestseller, The 50th Law, co-written by author Robert Greene. The Power executive producer and black-ish creator will join forces to create an original show that will stream on Netflix. No word on its premiere date or who has been cast for the series.

In true, 50 Cent fashion, Jackson took to his official Instagram to celebrate and share the news. "Netflix now you know this is a problem, Kenya Barris is no joke," reads his post's caption. "And if me and you ain’t cool, you ain’t gonna make it. 😆Let’s work! 💣Boom🔥 🚦GreenLight Gang #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bottlerover"

Jackson will serve as co-producer by way of his G-Unit Film & Television company which has a hand in Starz's Power Book II: Ghost and ABC's For Life. Barris will work alongside his #blackAF co-executive producer Hale Rothstein for the pilot and show's script under his production company, Khalabo Ink Society.

Speaking of Khalabo Ink Society, Barris' and his company will have a hand in a couple of upcoming projects: Kid Cudi's upcoming adult animated music series, Entergalactic and MGM's upcoming biopic on the career and life of comedy legend, Richard Pryor.

Fif's G-Unit Film & Television imprint, more original programming is on the way: Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres this summer and Black Mafia Family has begun shooting its series debut. His current shows —Power Book II; and For Life—have been renewed for another season on Starz and ABC, respectively.

Jackson and Greene's The 50th Law is a semi-autobiographical book that tackles lessons around fearlessness and strategy while including inspiring stories from 50 Cent's life and tales from notable historical figures. It went on to be a New York Times Bestseller in 2009.

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Questlove Is Directing A Sly Stone Documentary

The Roots' own Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will be directing a documentary about the life of Sly Stone, founding member of legendary funk band, Sly and the Family Stone.

The untitled feature film "follows the story of the influential artist, king of funk, and fashion icon Sly Stone, a musician who was breaking all the rules at a time when doing so was extremely challenging, even dangerous. The pressure of explosive mainstream pop success and the responsibility of representing Black America forced him to walk the fine line of impossible expectations."

“It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA," said Questlove in a press release. "....it’s a black musician’s blueprint....to be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me.”

“Sly’s influence on popular music and culture as a whole is immeasurable, and what his career represents is a parable that transcends time and place,” expressed Amit Dey, Head of MRC Non-Fiction. “Questlove’s vision, sensitivity and reverence brings the urgency that Sly’s story and music deserve, and we’re excited to be working with him to bring Sly’s story to life.”

The project will mark the four-time Grammy Award-winning artist's second directorial project (see his Sundance award-winning Summer of Soul) by way of his Two One Five Entertainment production company. Award-winning actor and rapper Common will serve as an executive producer via his Star Child Productions along with Derek Dudley and Shelby Stone via ID8 Multimedia. Derik Murray and Brian Gersh of Network Entertainment will serve as producers with Zarah Zohlman and Shawn Gee as producing partners.

The film's official title and release date has not been announced.

Earlier today in partnership with BET Digital and Sony Music's “This Is Black” Black History Month campaign, an animated music video for the group's 1968 hit single, "Everyday People." Revisit the classic song down below.

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FX's 'Hip-Hop Uncovered' Shows How Big U, Deb Antney, Haitian Jack, Bimmy & Trick Trick Hustled The Game With Street Savvy

Rarely do the strong survive long enough to tell their story in their own words, so bear witness to some of the most notorious deal makers and street shakers in FX's new docu-series Hip-Hop Uncovered. Hailing from hardcore locations all over the map, California's Eugene "Big U" Henley, Queens, New York siblings James "Bimmy" Antney and Deb Antney, Detroit's Trick Trick and Brooklyn's infamous Haitian Jack, represent the mind and the muscle of the rap world's background boss section, where the real money and moves are made.

After last week's two-episode debut (Feb. 12th) of a six-episode season, we have the cast member's thoughts on what it was like taping the show and why they participated in the series. Remember, these storied behind the scenes executives are normally in the background, but are now telling their important stories that weave their importance in the industry that shapes the world...hip-hop.“A true dime is steel-heavier than a dollar.” Watch Hip-Hop Uncovered Fridays at 10 pm ET on FX.

Deb Antney: "By doing the show, it was very therapeutic. I’ve opened up and let you get a glance of what is in my Pandora’s box. I’ve shed pounds, even inches. I’m truly grateful I’m here to tell any part of my story. Now get ready for my book Unmanageable Me.

The show allowed me to showcase my truth the way it needed to be told. The Debra Antney way!

Being Debra Antney was not always glitter or gold. Like most, I went through some things. I was defiantly a product of my environment, it made me who I am today! I always knew how to get myself to the top and that’s exactly what I did. Thank you for being a part of my journey."



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Big U: "I loved filming this show. It brought up so many memories going back to the house I grew up in, remembering those special moments with family. It was fun to sort of relive my past, but the best part was really seeing my evolution. I’m such a different man today than I was back then. I feel good that the world will get to see the person I’ve become. I did it because for the first time, I knew I could be in full control of my own story, especially since I’m an Executive Producer on the series."



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Trick Trick: "[Taping the series was] weird as f---!! Because, I’m not used to that type of attention. I’m very private, but oddly enough, it was somewhat... refreshing!

[I did the show] because Big U called.”


"Well, I choose to do the series because I was told who was involved from the cast to an all-Black production. Taping was like me living my past all over again and we show[ed] the world how we really lived and the things we went through."

Haitian Jack: "Taping the series, to me, was definitely a great experience.  Everybody that was on there, [producers] Oby, Rashidi and everyone else were very polite to everyone and we got everything we asked for.  When you have a crew like that, it makes it really easy for you to work with it.

[I did the show because] I like when they started to say, 'Let’s dig back into the past,' because that’s what my life is all about, the past.  The fact that Big U came up with it and hit me up with it is another reason because I respect what he is doing out there with the kids and his foundation. So I didn’t mind teaming up with him and everybody else, Deb and Trick Trick, Bimmy. I think we have a great cast and I’m proud to be a part of it.  I think we did it because we all knew where hip-hop came from because we lived it.  We wasn’t just some people who just popped up out of nowhere and started blogging about it. We were there.  We watched the deaths, we watched the lifetime prison sentences.  We lost a lot of friends to death and prison. We all lived it.  They are going to get a good account of what went on in the 70s and 80s."

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