WRITTEN BY: CECILIE BREE WILKINS
The 2019 VMAs aired on MTV featuring performances from top artists, however this year the VMAs reached record low viewership. The Hollywood Reporter reported that for the third year in a row, ratings have declined, with this year’s ratings at 1.93 million viewers, down 14% from last year’s.
While official ratings have declined, public interest hasn’t, with highlights from the night making headlines. This means that many aren’t necessarily watching the VMAs, but are instead keeping up on social media. With that in mind, here are the best performances of the night that you maybe didn’t see but should definitely know about:
Taylor Swift - You Need to Calm Down & Lover
Taylor Swift opened the VMAs with a colorful performance of her new song, “You Need To Calm Down” then followed it up with a more stripped down performance of her new song “Lover.”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello - Señorita
New couple, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, gave a steamy performance of their shared single, “Señorita.”
Jonas Brothers - Sucker & Only Human
The Jonas Brothers performed a “Sucker” and “Only Human” medley from their hometown venue outside to the Asbury Park stage.
Lil Nas X - Panini
Lil Nas X surprisingly did not perform his hit song “Old Town Road,” instead giving a colorful and futuristic performance of his song “Panini.”
Normani - Motivation
Fifth Harmony’s Normani gave an impecably choreographed, basketball themed performance of her new solo track, “Motivation.”
Lizzo - Truth Hurts & Good As Hell
Lizzo gave an energetic and vibrant performance of her songs, “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell,” featuring a full choir.
Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On, Lose Control & More
Missy Elliott, who was the recipient of the Video Vanguard award gave the most complex and theatrical performance of the night, performing “Throw it Back,” “The Rain,” “Hot Boyz,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “Pass That Dutch,” and “Lose Control.” She referenced her past iconic videos throughout her performance, even bringing out Alyson Stoner, the little girl from the “Work It” music video, who is now an adult, to perform with her.
Photo Source: MTV