With Sunday night’s 2021 MTV Music Video Awards show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hosted by Doja Cat. Being the awards show triumphant live return to New York. You know they pulled out all the stops by bringing out some of the Big Apple’s biggest names to grace MTV over the station’s, now milestone 40 years. Ranging from surprise appearances from the one and only Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.
To a special presentation from Fat Joe and the usual always hit pairing of Ja Rule & Ashanti. As well as performance from Alicia Keys and one of the boroughs best ever, the living legend and icon, Busta Rhymes. While in a show that focused more on performances and presenters than actual awards winners.
There was several great performances throughout the night at the MTV Video Music Awards. From the likes of legendary soon to be inducted, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, group, Foo Fighers. Who also received the Global Icon Award. Right after their performance.
To New York’s very own, Alicia Keys with her debut performance of her just released new single, LALA (Unlocked) featuring Swae Lee.
To more newer generation artists like Normani with an absolutely killer and iconic performance of her current Cardi B-assisted single, Wild Side. Sans, Cardi, but instead bringing out as a surprise, fellow R&B sensation, Teyana Taylor. Who she grinned on as a steamy homage to Janet Jackson. For the very sizzling and iconic performance.
To Chlöe of sister duo, Chloe x Halle. Also steaming things up with her very hot debut solo performance. Of her current single, Have Mercy. That had everyone feeling ready to booty pop alongside, Chlöe, and her backup dancers. For her very crazy and absolutely speculator performance. That by the end had most everyone watching live and/or on TV screaming, “Lawd, have mercy!”
There was even a great, though very brief special Burger King-sponsored performance. From Brazilian superstar, Anitta, of her current hit single, Girl From Rio, off her highly-anticipated upcoming new solo album of the same name. With, Anitta, herself also making history by becoming the first Brazilian artist to perform live at the VMAs.
Nobody had as memorable and iconic of a performance though as, Rhymes. Who easily breezed through a very show-stopping, energetic and iconic medley performance of some of his biggest hits of his own or that he was featured on. Ranging from, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See to the Ante Up Remix, Look at Me Now, and Pass the Courvoisier. Right in front of his hometown crowd. With his longtime hype man, friend and partner in rhyme, Spliff Star. In tow of course. As they both showed why even still at nearly 20 to 30 years a senior to most of today’s youngest performers. They still have one of the best live shows ever, regardless of genre.