The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards took place Sunday night. Here are the rock artists who took home a Moon Person:
As was previously announced before the show, Red Hot Chili Peppers were recognized with the Global Icon Award. After an introduction from comedy duo Cheech & Chong, the band launched into renditions “Black Summer,” off their new album Unlimited Love, and the By the Way classic “Can’t Stop.”
The Peppers then gave a speech accepting the Global Icon Award, with drummer Chad Smith dedicating the honor to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Smith’s drum kit also paid tribute to Hawkins with a drawing of a hawk outlining the name Taylor.
Additionally, frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea gave brief speeches, thanking their fans, bandmates, family and, in the case of Flea, “cockroaches” and “deer antlers.”
Meanwhile, RHCP’s “Black Summer” won Best Rock, Måneskin‘s “I Wanna Be Your Slave” was named Best Alternative and Billie Eilish‘s “Happier than Ever” earned Song of the Year.
Måneskin also performed, playing their new single “Supermodel” during their debut VMA appearance, though the feed cut away from the stage multiple times.
Panic! at the Disco performed, as well, with a rendition of the Viva Las Vengeance song “Don’t Let the Light Go Out.”
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