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Awards shows were once the epitome of all things Hollywood. Glamorous ball gowns and men in fresh suits, the best new singer or actor celebrated, the greats all in attendance. But how the mighty have fallen.

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And the Video Vanguard Award Goes To… J. Lo, Naturally

The MTV Video Music Awards to Honor Jennifer Lopez August 20th

Jennifer Lopez must be the luckiest lady on the planet.

She is talented, beautiful (possibly ageless), rich, and smart, a mom of seemingly well-adjusted celeb kids, and dating one of the most desirable dudes in America. That would be "A-Rod" if you live under a rock. Just when you thought the triple-threat had it all, the kind folks at MTV felt she needed another feather in her (designer) cap.

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So, later this month during the 2018 MTV VMAs, the very special Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award will be presented to Lopez, giving her prime time props of epic proportions thanks to her "contributions to the world of music videos." As MTV shared, "The Bronx native will be accepting her award and performing some of her greatest hits live!" Surely Mr. Rodriguez will be right there in the front row cheering on his main squeeze, and fans worldwide will be in frenzy when the always-amazing J. Lo does her thing for the live audience and those tuning in from their living rooms. And by the way, Lopez has not performed live at the VMAs since 2001, as per Time. She must have been waiting for just the right moment to hit the stage again, making '18 the pinnacle of her perfection.

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The first Vanguard awards were given out at the first VMAs in '84. To honor the incomparable Michael Jackson, the award was renamed in '91. While we remember the artists who've claimed this coveted award, note that is also sometimes given to music video directors and creators who are behind the lens, making magic to go along with the music.

For a little MTV music history, the first awards were given to David Bowie, The Beatles, and Richard Lester (he was a director for short films for the Beatles). Skip to '86 when Madonna accepted the honor along with filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński. '88's star was the award's now-namesake, Michael Jackson, followed by George Michael in '89. Janet Jackson was '90's gal, joining her beloved bro with the honor. Jump to 2011 when pop princess Britney Spears was the wildly popular winner. Her ex, Justin Timberlake snapped it up two years later. Kim K.'s hubby, Kanye West stole the show in '15…too bad Taylor Swift wasn't inclined to steal his thunder. '16 saw Rihanna, '17, P!nk, and this year, J. Lo will take home the shiny statue. A deserving bunch with another hit-maker to add to the impressive list.

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Lopez's latest song, "Dinero" is up for some awards too - "Best Collaboration" and "Best Latin Video." Even if she doesn't snag the prize for those, she still walks away the night's biggest winner. Something tells us Michael Jackson is smiling down on her from above.

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Lorde's performance at the VMAs was dynamite!

Lorde said forget about traditional performances and broke the norm with a serene but moving performance.

But the dynamite was surprisingly silent Sunday night...

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I had almost forgotten the VMA's were on but as I stumbled into my local bar to pick up some takeout, Jack Antonoff took the stage to announce Lorde's performance. "I've seen her walk barefoot through New York and eat sushi from a gas station," Jack Antonoff mused about Lorde. He also said that it was an honor to watch her create some of the most important music in the past two years and referred to her as Ella which made us, "aw," at how close the producer and artist appear to be.

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Lorde took the stage and spritely placed a cassette tape into a boom box, just as we had seen her do earlier this month in her collaboration with Vevo. We waited patiently for the beat to drop and for Lorde to start singing; however, it never happened. Instead, we were left with a performance unique to anything I've seen before. Lorde wore a metallic tinfoil-esque peplum style dress over khaki pants with some comfy kicks. Her hair was half up, half down and textured. Her laid back hair style doubled as both her performance style and her red carpet look paired with a "moon princess" gown as she described it. She looked stunning in both looks.

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Lorde's lack of singing did not cause for a lack of performance. She proceeded to do an interpretive dance that while was simple, perfectly accented the best parts of the track and the song. Even better? She looked like she was in bliss the entire time she did it. There has now been a statement released that Lorde was coming down with the flu before the show and decided to opt for a vocal-less performance, but honestly before I even knew that, I just loved the concept of the artist rocking out to her own song. We're so self-critical it was nice to see Lorde get down to her song the exact same way us fans do. I feel like this performance though simple was a really great representation of our generation.

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If you were to look at VMA performances, I think that people will definitely recognize her performance as essential 2017 pop culture. That's one of my favorite things: when music and pop culture merge seamlessly each contributing to the other. The fact that she used a cassette definitely is really pointed at how concerned with throwback us nineties babies are. The carefree tune also aligns with our generations habit to let loose when we can in this stressful environment. Everything down to the comfortable, unique look she wore for the performance screams 2017 and I loved it. Apparently she also became a GIF and what is more 2017 than that?

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Lorde was nominated for two VMA awards this year, one for Best Editing for "Greenlight," the first single from her sophomore album Melodrama.

She was also nominated for Artist of the Year. Unfortunately, she didn't bring home any VMA's this year, but all eyes are definitely on her for the brilliant artist she is blossoming into at just twenty years old.

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Cardi B stole the show at this year's VMAs

The new queen of rap brought her chart-slaying "Bodak Yellow" to the MTV Video Music Awards

Cardi B isn't going anywhere, if last night's performance at the 2017 Video Music Awards is anything to show for it.

The Bronx rapper has been making headlines ever since the release of her - ok, there's no other word for it - banger of a single. She makes money move, and she's moving up the charts, too - with "Bodak Yellow" hitting no. 14 on the Billboard charts, she claimed the highest-charting spot for a female rapper since Nicki Minaj. It also broke a record for most weeks spent atop the Digital Song Sales chart. With a single that has over 36K streams (and counting) on Spotify, it comes as no surprise that last night's performance was nothing short of what we'd expect from this queen.

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The star donned a diamond-encrusted bodysuit and matching Saint Laurent boots - the very same $10,000 boots that feature over 3,000 crystals and made us cry because we'll never own them this past Paris Fashion Week. The fashion house hasn't yet come out with an announcement of the dressing, but we'd recognize them miles away. The irony is not lost on us as Cardi belts, "These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes; Hit the store, I can get 'em both, I don't wanna choose."

Cardi moves with the confidence of someone who's always known they were destined for this. That's what makes watching her perform, and her aforementoned glow-up, so satisfying to pay witness to. Cardi is an artist with flow, charisma, and enough self-awareness for us all. While her performance took place during the VMA's pre-show, we're more than certain she'll be returning with her own mainstream slot next year.

Cardi B (C) performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Cardi B continued to stir things up during the awards show by giving a shout-out to Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who faced controversy in 2016 for kneeling during the National Anthem while a series of police shootings were rocking the country. While introducing Demi Lovato's performance, Cardi was quick to note, "Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we're gonna be standing for you, baby." It is a bold and necessary show of support, as the VMA's were particularly lacking in acknowledging the current political climate at all - host Katy Perry remained silent, while Paris Jackson took a moment to condemn white supremacy. All in all, MTV's audience expected more.

In an interview with pre-show host Charlamagne tha God, Cardi was asked if she could have envisioned performing at the VMAs. "I was thinking the beginning of the year. I kept asking like my brothers, 'You think they gonna invite me to the VMAs?'" she said. "Its like not only am I invite: I'm performing. I'm presenting. This is like, Jesus, thank you very much. My family is watching me. People in the projects is watching me. I think the whole Bronx is watching me."

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Find Cardi B on Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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