This week we saw a whole host of A-listers hit the red carpet for the annual MTV VMAs, celebrating the best in music.
During the course of the evening, we watched some of the industry’s biggest names bag some pretty huge awards as well as performances from several celebs, including Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, and Lizzo.
But guess who stole the show? Nikita Dragun, of course. The “Mother of Draguns” walked down the red carpet with men on leashes… yes, you read that correctly. Prepare for the photos, because this one is going to leave you absolutely shook.
The show, held in Newark, New Jersey, and, this year, hosted by comedian, Sebastian Maniscalco, celebrates the shining stars of the music industry.
Not only was this year the first time that the awards have ever been held in New Jersey but, unlike last year, when the show infamously went host-less, this time, we saw Sebastian Maniscalco cracking dad-jokes and tumbleweed-inducing “safe space” jibes while presenting the ceremony to us.
Many viewers didn’t understand why he was hosting the event, and, with several of his jokes branded “tasteless,” it seems like people think that he simply didn’t know his audience.
Before wrapping up his opener, the comedian mocked the current social climate.
“MTV noticed that we’re living in ultrasensitive times,” Maniscalco said.
“If you feel triggered or you feel offended by anything I’m saying here or anything the musical artists are doing, they’re providing a safe space backstage where you’ll get some stress balls and a blankie and also Lil Nas X brought his horse which will double as an emotional support animal. If you’d like to talk to your ushers they’ll send you back to where that’s happening.”
And, of course, the exact people that he was targeting took to Twitter to slam the host.
We all wanted to know who would be taking home the top awards, as well as what our favorite stars would be wearing when they graced the red carpet.
There’s no better place than the VMAs to sport a head-turning ensemble – there are zero fashion rules at this awards show.
From stars such as Taylor Swift and Megan Thee Stallion rocking the blazer vibe, to Lizzo’s head-turning red-number, the fashion looks certainly didn’t disappoint this year.
The Swedish pop powerhouse gave us major princess vibes in this floaty, pastel pink gown.
With performances from long-standing talents like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, and musical newcomers including Lizzo, Lil Naz X, and Ava Max, we were in for an electrifying setlist.
Pop sensation, Taylor Swift, raced ahead, taking home the award for “Best Music Music Video” and “Video For Good” for her acclaimed “You Need to Calm Down” single – praised for its trailblazing LGBTQ+ representation.
But it didn’t end there for the star, who also bagged the “Best Visual Effects” award for her single “ME!” ft. Brendon Urie.
The genre-defying singer won “Best Newcomer,” “Push Artist of the Year,” and “Best Editing” for her hit song “Bad Guy.”
Jonas Brothers beat the likes of pop princess, Ariana Grande; teen sensation, Billie Eilish; Taylor Swift, and Khalid for the sought after award for their single “Sucker.”
BTS, who’ve quickly risen to pop stardom, won “Best Band,” and “Best K-Pop,” with former Fifth Harmony member, Normani, bagging the prize for “Best R&B” for her hit single “Waves” ft. 6LACK.
And it looks like Ariana Grande well and truly came out on top, beating the likes of Billie Eilish, Cardi B, and Shawn Mendes to be crowned artist of the year.
It looks like the pop sensation was in for a huge winning streak, also taking home the awards for “Song of Summer” for her latest single, “Boyfriend,” and “Best Art Direction,” for her popular single “7 Rings.”
…And you probably know what for.
The star won the award for “Song of the Year” for his chart-dominating “Old Town Road” Remix with Billy Ray Cyrus.
I’m sure you’ve heard of her, right? She has taken the world by storm with her talent and interesting, borderline risque, content that she posts on her socials.
And, at the VMAs, she once again proved why she is, in fact, one of the baddest b*tches on the planet, next to Beyonce, of course.
Dragun decided that she didn’t want to walk down the red carpet alone. Instead of finding a date, like any normal, boring person would, she took it upon herself to find three male models to accompany her on the carpet.
Dragun gave them each a silver-studded collar which was tied to a leash and each of the men crawled, and occasionally posed behind her, as she strutted down the red carpet.
As you can probably imagine, with something as risky as this, opinions were divided. Some people loved the confidence, the style, the sass, and others brought politics into it in an unnecessary manner.
This user expressed that she’s a bad example when it comes to uplifting the trans community.
This shouldn’t be considered offensive for a better reason than “they were wearing pants.”
Back in the day, Snoop Dog did the same exact thing, but with two women, instead. But Nikita is going to enlighten you on why, when she did it, it simply isn’t problematic.
She brought the facts. And nothing but the facts.
Nikita knows how to make a statement and the beauty guru will continue to do so as she dominates the industry and the entire world.
If you want to see who else absolutely slayed the red carpet, then just keep scrolling.