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VMA’s 2021 LIVE – Olivia Rodrigo makes MTV awards show debut as Avril Lavigne returns to rocker roots with new boyfriend


OLIVIA Rodrigo made her MTV awards show debut as Avril Lavigne returned to her rocker roots with her new boyfriend.

The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards aired on Sunday, September 12, at 8pm EST and singer Olivia Rodrigo, 18, took the stage to sing after Justin Bieber.

It was then revealed Rodrigo won the Song of the Year award for Driver’s License.

She dedicated the award to “all of the other girls who write songs on their bedroom floor.”

Meanwhile, Avril Lavigne appeared on the red carpet, dressed in a hot pink outfit, with her boyfriend Mod Sun.

The star-studded awards show is taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for the first time since 2013.

Rapper Doja Cat will be hosting the annual awards show, which didn’t take place in person in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read our MTV VMAs 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates…

  • BIEBER SLAMMED OVER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

    Justin Bieber was slammed for not acknowledging his wife Hailey Bieber or thanking her at all in his acceptance speech after winning big at tonight’s MTV VMAs. 

    The pop star gave his spouse a cold shoulder as his name was read – turning his back towards the model while going on to thank a long list of names on stage with no mention of Hailey.

    In one of the first awards of the night at Barclays Center in New York CityJustin, 27, picked up the Moon Man trophy for Best Pop Song for his smash hit, Peaches. 

    As music icon Cyndi Lauper read Justin’s name for the honor, he smiled and immediately leaped out of his seat – turning his back on his wife and not hugging her. 

    The pop star then took the stage with collaborator Giveon and gave a shoutout to a long list of names but did not acknowledge Hailey – who watched and smiled on from the audience.  

  • CAMILA CABELLO PERFORMS

    Camila Cabello performed “Don’t Go Yet” at the VMA awards on Sunday.

    Her performance comes after she revealed how lockdown helped her turn her life around after nine years of non-stop work that left her “burnt out and broken.”

    Credit: AP
  • BILLIE EILISH ACCEPTS AWARD

    Billie Eilish accepted the VMA for Video for Good on Sunday night.

    She received the award for her “Your Power” video.

    The MTV VMA awards are taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New Yor

    Credit: AP
  • WHAT HAPPENED WITH CONOR MCGREGOR?

    Machine Gun Kelly and Conor McGregor reportedly came to blows during MTV’s Video Music Awards red carpet after the alternative rock singer supposedly ‘hurled a bottle’ at the MMA champ.

    An eyewitness told The Sun that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight was reportedly not pleased that a water bottle had been thrown at him.

    Machine Gun Kelly, 31, nearly got into the ring with Conor, 33, at the red carpet event.

    Conor then allegedly tried to land a punch at Megan Fox‘s boyfriend.

    The Irish mixed martial artist allegedly missed because he was apparently not close enough. 

  • CONOR MCGREGOR ANNOUNCES ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    “And the VMA goes to … Justin Bieber,” Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor announced.

    Before revealing the winner, McGregor said: “New York is back and so is the Mac. And 2022 will be the greatest year yet.”

    “Music is such an amazing opportunity and such an amazing outlet to bring people together,” Bieber said after receiving his VMA.

    “Conor, we’re going to get ’em next time my boy, lets go!” he concluded.

  • SIMONA BILE INTRODUCES DOJA CAT

    American gymnast Simon Biles introduced DOJA Cat.

    “I’d say she’d Team USA, but I think she prefers Plant Her,” Biles said before DOJA Cat performed.

  • JENNIFER LOPEZ PRESENTS AWARD

    Jennifer Lopez presented the award for Song Of The Year to Olivia Rodrigo.

    Both stars were photographed on stage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, September 12.

    The awards ceremony took place in Brooklyn, New York, at Barclays Center.

    Credit: Getty
  • AVRIL LAVIGNE ANNOUNCES VMA FOR BILLY EILISH

    Avril Lavigne took the stage to announce the VMA for Video for Good.

    Billie Eilish won the award for “Your Power.”

  • RED HOT ARRIVALS

    Olivia Rodrigo, 18, looked stunning in a red strapless mermaid gown with layers of purple tulle on top.

    Paris Hilton dazzled in a shiny silver mini-dress complete with silver embellishments and a high-ponytail for her signature blonde hair.

    Avril Lavigne stuck with her rocker style and wore a pink plaid suit that exposed her chest with a diamond bra.

    While Australian rapper The Kid Laroi went shirtless under his black leather blazer but held up a large cross necklace for the photographers.

    Talented sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey – who is starring as Ariel in the upcoming The Little Mermaid live action remake – walked the carpet together in beautiful outfits.

    Popstar Doja Cat, 25, looked gorgeous in a tight black corset dress with a purple top layer. 

  • MEGAN FOX FLAUNTS BARE BUTT

    Megan Fox showed off her bare butt and thong in a sheer dress with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly and pals Travis Barker & Kourtney Kardashian at the MTV VMAs.

    The Jennifer’s Body actress left little to the imagination in the sexy ensemble as the KUWTK star locked lips with her rocker boyfriend on the 2021 awards show red carpet.

    Megan, 35, put her incredible figure on full display in the nude see-through dress while her man, Machine Gun Kelly, rocked a red suit.

  • WHAT HAPPENED WITH CONOR MCGREGOR?

    Machine Gun Kelly and Conor McGregor reportedly came to blows during MTV’s Video Music Awards red carpet after the alternative rock singer supposedly ‘hurled a bottle’ at the MMA champ.

    An eyewitness told The Sun that the former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight was reportedly not pleased that a water bottle had been thrown at him.

    Machine Gun Kelly, 31, nearly got into the ring with Conor, 33, at the red carpet event.

    Conor then allegedly tried to land a punch at Megan Fox‘s boyfriend.

    The Irish mixed martial artist allegedly missed because he was apparently not close enough. 

  • ED SHEERAN SINGS SHIVERS

    Ed Sheeran performed his new single “Shivers” during the VMA’s.

    He sang on the Toyota Stage at Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

  • TWENTY ONE PILOTS

    Tyler Joseph, the lead vocalist from Twenty One Pilots, performed on Sunday and announced his wife is pregnant with their second child.

    He married his wife Jenna Black in 2015.

  • CINDY LAUPER

    The 68-year-old singer said girls “still wanna have fun” but they also still want “fundamental rights.”

    Cindy Lauper announced the winner for Best Pop, which was revealed to be Justin Bieber.

    He won Best Pop for his song “Peaches.”

  • OLIVIA RODRIGO

    The singer won her second VMA of the night.

    She won the Song of the Year award for Driver’s License.

  • DOJA CAT INTRODUCED

    DOJA Cat — a rapper and singer who shot to fame on Soundcloud — is hosting the VMA’s.

    Her real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

    “We have more performances than ever before and I’m very excited,” the singer told the crowd on Sunday night.

  • OLIVIA RODRIGO PERFORMS

    Olivia Rodrigo, 18, is an American actress and singer.

    Rodrigo was born in Temecula, California. She is of Filipino descent from her father’s side and German and Irish from her mother’s side.

    She performed after Justin Bieber at the 2021 VMA’s.

  • JUSTIN BIEBER PERFORMS GHOST

    “If I can’t get close to you, I’ll settle for the ghost of you,” he sang.

    His performance was surrounded by loud cheers.

    The VMA’s were happy to have him back.

  • MADONNA TAKES THE STAGE

    “And they said we wouldn’t last. But we’re still here Motherf***ers,” Madonna said at the start of the event.

    Moments later, Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi took the stage.

  • HOW TO WATCH OR STREAM MTA VMA’s

    After last year’s slate of remote performances, the VMAs return to Barclays Center on September 12 and will be hosted by Doja Cat.

    The broadcast and live stream of the main ceremony is set to begin at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific) on MTV and MTV.com.

    ViacomCBS networks such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, and VH1 will also simulcast the show.

  • WHO IS DOJA CAT?

    DOJA Cat — a rapper and singer who shot to fame on Soundcloud — is hosting the VMA’s.

    Her sophomore album, Planet Her, was released on June 25, 2021.

    DOJA Cat’s real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

    She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

  • WHO IS APPEARING AT THE VMAs?

    The VMAs are expected to see a host of famous faces performing at the awards show.

    Justin Bieber, Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Normani are all reportedly lined up to entertain the crowds.

    The star-studded event will air later this evening and is hosted by Doja Cat.

    Doja Cat makes history as the first MTV Video Music Awards host to be also nominated for video of the year.

    Justin Bieber leads the nominations with seven nods while Megan Thee Stallion could win a maximum of six awards.

  • HOW TO WATCH OR STREAM MTA VMA’s

    After last year’s slate of remote performances, the VMAs return to Barclays Center on September 12 and will be hosted by Doja Cat.

    The broadcast and live stream of the main ceremony is set to begin at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific) on MTV and MTV.com.

    ViacomCBS networks such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, and VH1 will also simulcast the show.

    The MTV VMAs pre-show began at 6.30pm Eastern (3.30pm Pacific) and will feature 90 minutes of performances and celebrity interviews.

    The pre-show will air on MTV, and, started at 6.15pm Eastern, it’ll stream on the @MTV Twitter, as well.

  • NICK LACHEY, LANCE BASS, & AJ MCLEAN ON PRESHOW

    The three boyband stars spoke on the red carpet prior to the start of the show.

    Nick Lachey, Lance Bass, and AJ McLean stood on the red carpet together.

  • WHO IS PERFORMING AT THE MTV VMA’S?

    Here are the artists slated to perform at the pre-show:

    • Kim Petras
    • Polo G
    • Swedish House Mafia

    MTV’s Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa return as hosts of the pre-show, featuring Tinashe as a celebrity correspondent.

    Rapper Doja Cat will host the ceremony, and presenters include Billie Eilish, Ashanti, Cyndi Lauper, 50 CentMegan Fox, Travis Barker and Rita Ora.

    The list of performers at the VMA’s main show includes:





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