The Most Talked-About Performances of This Year’s VMAs

Normani at the GQ All Star Basketball party in 2018.
Normani at the GQ All Star Basketball party in 2018. Photo by Linnea Stephan/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9420981bw)

2021’s MTV Video Music Awards took place last night, with plenty of performances from various stars of the music scene. Among all of those performances, here are the ones that stood out the most and really got people talking.

Lil Nas X. ft Jack Harlow — Industry Baby and Montero

Lil Nas X and collaborator Jack Harlow took the stage to perform two of Lil Nas X’s new songs, “Industry Baby” and “Montero,” going along with the prison theme of the “Industry Baby” music video. Among other things, viewers loved seeing Lil Nas X unapologetically embracing his LGBT community, such as when he paid tribute to people living with HIV.

Normani — Wild Side

Another performance that was talked about quite a bit was Normani’s “Wild Side” performance which came a full two years after her 2019 VMAs performance of her previous single, “Motivation.” While some people complained about what appeared to be lip-syncing, most complimented Normani’s dancing and performance.

Olivia Rodrigo — good 4 u

Olivia Rodrigo, who got the VMA’s award for Song of the Year, also took to the stage to perform her single “good 4 u.” People praised the performance’s aesthetic and energy, although some noted that Rodrigo seemed to falter toward the end of the song.