As 2022 heads into its last quarter, music fans are getting excited for the beginning of the music awards season.
The awards season kicked off earlier this September as the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) took place. This year’s edition gained a lot of praised because it showcased a balanced variety of new and returning artists.
Taylor Swift took home the most awards this year, with three wins—best long-form video; best direction; and Video of The Year, the most important award of the night. All three were for her “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” music video.
This made Swift the first artist to win Video of the Year for the third time. She had previously won the award for “Bad Blood” (2015) and “You Need to Calm Down” (2019).
“I think it makes sense that Taylor is getting all of these awards,” Sydney Greitz (junior, psychology). “She is really popular but most importantly she is really good at what she does.”
Other big winners of the night were Harry Styles and Lil Nas X, each taking home three awards. Lil Nas X has previously made history as the first LGBTQIA+ artist to win Video of the Year with “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” (2021).
This year VMA’s also included some surprising upsets, one example being Blackpink’s Lisa beating both BTS as well as her own group, Blackpink, to the Best K-Pop award, for her hit single “Lalisa” (2022). This made Lisa the first Thai artist to win an award at the VMAs.
Another surprising upset was when Brazilian pop-star Anitta won the Best Latin award for her hit “Enolver” (2021), beating reggaeton powerhouse Bad Bunny. This win made Anitta the first Brazilian to ever win an award at the VMAs.
This outcome left many wondering if we will be seeing a similar upset at this year’s Latin Grammys, as nominations came out this Monday; and as no surprise Anitta and Bad Bunny are facing each other in many categories.
“I think that Anitta might have a chance of winning Record of the Year with Envolver,” Tatiana Cleffi (junior, nursing) said. “But there is no way Bad Bunny isn’t winning Album of the Year, it was the biggest overall even comparing to non-Latin albums.”
Cleffi’s assessment isn’t particularly wrong. Having spent eleven weeks at number one in the Billboard 200, his “Un Verano Sin Ti” album is the best-selling album of the year in the United States; beating several popular English-language artists such as Drake, Harry Styles and The Weeknd.
Some believe it has a big chance of notching a nomination for Album of the Year at the regular Grammys, although nominations won’t be out until Nov. 15.