Another music awards ceremony, another slew of trophies for Taylor Swift.
The pop megastar took home the most awards at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. She had the most nominations going into the night and left with nine accolades, including artist of the year, best pop, song of the year, and video of the year.
@PopBase tweeted a photo of Taylor Swift flashing her 9 accolades for her beloved fans:
— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 13, 2023
With her wins on Tuesday, she became the show’s second-most honored artist. She’s also tied for the most victories in a single night.
Swift Won the Following Categories (note: not all of them were televised):
- Video of the year (“Anti-Hero”)
- Artist of the year
- Song of the year (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best pop (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best direction (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best cinematography (“Anti-Hero”)
- Best visual effects (“Anti-Hero”)
- Show of the summer
- Album of the year (“Midnights”)
Taylor Swift takes center stage to receive the most prestigious award of the ceremony, courtesy of a short clip shared by @vmas from the eventful night in a tweet on X:
The biggest award of the night goes to…@taylorswift13!!
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) September 13, 2023
Swift, 33, shared the stage with her editor Chancler Haynes and her cinematographer Rina Yang, allowing them both the opportunity to address the audience before she stepped up to the mic.
“OK. This is unbelievable,” Swift addressed the crowd. “This is… I just want to say that the fact that this is a fan-voted award means so much to me based on the memories that we’ve made recently.”
The singer-songwriter then highlighted her record-breaking Eras Tour, which began in March (a new leg of the tour will begin in November).
“I’ve just been on a tour that has been the most joyful and exhilarating experience,” she stated. “And we’re not even halfway done with it. It’s really felt like the adventure of a lifetime this past year. I cannot believe that it was a year ago at the VMAs that I announced the Midnights album. And all I have to say tonight is thank you. I’m blown away. Thank you so much to the fans. I love you so much.”
@LanceBassLove shared a clip of the pop megastar addressing *NSYNC as she accepts her award from ‘golden pop hands’:
Taylor Swift to *NSYNC:
“Are you doing something? What’s gonna happen now? They’re going to do something and I need to know what it is.”
“You’re pop personified. So to receive this from your golden pop hands it’s too much.”
— Briana loves Lansten 💕 (@LanceBassLove) September 13, 2023
2023 MTV VMAs Winners: The full list
A few artists were fortunate enough to claim the coveted “moon person” trophies this Tuesday. Below, you’ll find the complete list, including the winners who weren’t televised.
- Video of the year: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”
- Artist of the year: Taylor Swift
- Song of the year: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”
- Best new artist: Ice Spice
- Push performance of the year: April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER — “Sugar Rush Ride”
- Best collaboration: KAROL G, Shakira — “TQG”
- Best pop: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero”
- Best hip-hop: Nicki Minaj — “Super Freaky Girl”
- Best R&B: SZA — “Shirt”
- Best alternative: Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste — “Candy Necklace”
- Best rock: Måneskin — “THE LONELIEST”
- Best latin: Anitta — “Funk Rave”
- Best K-Pop: Stray Kids — “S-Class”
- Best Afrobeats: Rema & Selena Gomez — “Calm Down”
- Video for good: Dove Cameron — “Breakfast”
- Best direction: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero.” Directed by Taylor Swift
- Best cinematography: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero.” Cinematography by Rina Yang.
- Best visual effects: Taylor Swift — “Anti-Hero.” Visual effects by Parliament.
- Best choreography: BLACKPINK — “Pink Venom,” Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau.
- Best art direction: Doja Cat — “Attention.” Art direction by Spencer Graves.
- Best editing: Olivia Rodrigo — “vampire.” Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel.
- Show of the summer: Taylor Swift
- Group of the year: BLACKPINK
- Song of the summer: Jung Kook ft. Latto — “Seven”
- Album of the year: Taylor Swift— “Midnights”
The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on CBS and BET, BET Her, VH1, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Network on Tuesday, September 12. Audiences can also watch the live stream show on MTV.com or on Paramount+.