The MTV Video Music Awards may be one of the most iconic awards ceremonies there is, with multiple history-making moments such as
Over the weekend the 2021 VMA’s took place with guests like Megan Fox and
A whole decade ago,
10 years ago, the VMA’s were pop-culture gold, and it was a place where the biggest names in the industry would perform, present, and walk the red carpet. 2011 we saw performances from Lady Gaga, who brought out Queen’s Brian May on stage, as well as Beyoncé, who used the occasion to reveal her first pregnancy.
It is hard to talk about the 2011 awards without calling it anything but iconic, and as the years have passed, the VMA’s just aren’t the same anymore. But the beauty is that they don’t have to be.
The VMA’s have always played a huge part in recognizing new talent, and despite the multiple big names present at the 2011 awards, the 2021 event marks a shift in the industry, where new names are finally getting the opportunity to take the stage.
Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Kanye West may not have been present, but a new generation of musicians certainly was. Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Normani, and Chloe Bailey are only some of the singers who got to shine, and we can’t wait to see more.
Lil Nas X took the stage and performed “Industry Baby” and “MONTERO” with Jack Harlow, getting us even more excited for his upcoming album, Olivia Rodrigo sang what could be this year’s most streamed song, “good 4 u,” and Doja Cat proved she’s one of the most exciting rappers to watch.
The awards may have changed and evolved over time, but the talent and excitement haven’t faded one bit. Who knows, in another decade, the 2021 VMA’s might be even more iconic.