Taylor Swift Is First Artist to Achieve This VMAs Feat
Taylor Swift was the top winner at the 2022 Video Music Awards, with three wins – video of the year, best long-form video and best direction, all for “All Too Well.”
This year’s VMAs was held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Sunday (Aug. 28).
Swift is the first artist to win video of the year three times. She previously won for “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar, 2015) and “You Need to Calm Down” (2019).
This echoes Swift’s achievement at the Grammy ceremony in 2021 where Swift became the first female artist to win album of the year three times.
But here, Swift is the first artist to achieve this feat period, with no gender qualifications necessary.
With these three awards, Swift’s career tally of VMAs jumps to 14, which puts her in fourth place all time, behind Beyoncé (29), Madonna (20) and Lady Gaga (18).
Jack Harlow won 4 total awards, though that includes 2 technical categories.
Lil Nas X and Harry Styles each collected 3 awards. Nicki Minaj, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lisa of BLACKPINK each won 2.
The show included some genuine surprises, as when Lisa beat BTS for best K-pop and Anitta beat Bad Bunny for best Latin.
LL Cool J, Minaj, and Harlow “anchored” the show. Minaj received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Red Hot Chili Peppers received the Global Icon Award. Both of these artists also won competitive awards.