The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards had a little bit of something for everyone on Sunday (Sept. 12). The prime time spectacle mixed nostalgia for the once powerhouse video channel’s 1980s and early ’90s glory days via visits from some of its biggest stars of yesteryear with performances from today’s biggest pop, Latin, R&B country, hip-hop and rock icons.
And, of course, eye-popping stagecraft that had host Doja Cat flying through the air with the greatest of ease, Machine Gun Kelly rising from the grave to rock out with Travis Barker, Ozuna cavorting with a stage full of giant teddy bears, the Foo Fighters bringing arena rock power for a high-energy medley, plus Normani paying sensual homage to Janet Jackson, Lil Nas X grinding through a medley of recent hits, and Justin Bieber teaming up with The Kid LAROi for a show-opening spectacle.
If you missed any of those performances — or appearances by Alicia Keys and Swae Lee, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Chloe, Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, Olivia Rodrigo or Twenty One Pilots — get a taste of the action by checking out the videos below.
Justin Bieber & The Kid LAROi — “Stay,” “Ghost”
Kacey Musgraves — “Star Crossed”
Olivia Rodrigo — “Good 4 U”
Twenty One Pilots — “Saturday”
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow — “Industry Baby,” “Montero”
Camila Cabello — “Don’t Go Yet”
Shawn Mendes, Tainy — “Summer of Love”
Doja Cat — “Been Like This,” “You Right”
Chloe — “Have Mercy”
Normani — “Wild Side”
Ed Sheeran — “Shivers”
Ozuna — “La Funka”
Foo Fighters — “Learn To Fly,” “Shame Shame,” “Everlong”
Alicia Keys, Swae Lee — “LaLa,” “Empire State of Mind”
Busta Rhymes — Medley
Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker — “Papercuts”