Gli MTV Video Music Awards 2022 si sono svolti a Newark, nel New Jersey, il 28 agosto, e lo spettacolo è stato tutt’altro che deludente. Il palco dei VMA ha visto performance incredibili e rivoluzionarie di artisti come Blackpink e Anita, mentre Nicki Minaj ha ricevuto il Video Vanguard Award e ha offerto un’esibizione degna di questo titolo. Questi erano solo alcuni dei fantastici nuovi artisti – come Måneskin – che hanno abbellito anche il palco dei VMA, ma c’erano anche alcuni grandi musicisti affermati che hanno prestato il loro talento allo spettacolo, come Jack Harlow (che era anche uno dei tre conduttori dello spettacolo) e Lizzo. Dopo l’incredibile numero di apertura di Harlow con Fergie, Lizzo è salita sul palco, eseguendo un mashup di alcuni dei suoi migliori nuovi singoli.
Lizzo channelled Nicki Minaj during her acceptance speech
For her acceptance speech for the Best Video for Good Award at the 2022 MTV VMAs, Lizzo took the opportunity to continue on her path of public service, as she told her fans and everybody who was watching to make sure they turned out to vote. But that wasn't the only thing she used her time at the mic for: She also took the opportunity to clap back at some of her haters, channelling her inner Nicki Minaj while mentioning the way some people were talking about her in the press. For those who need a slight refresher, during Minaj's 2015 VMAs acceptance speech for Best Hip Hop video, she took a shot at Miley Cyrus for how the pop star was supposedly talking about the "Super Freaky Girl" singer. Lizzo used similar terminology, calling out people who have been fat-shaming her, like the recent comments made by comedian Aries Spears.
But instead of truly clapping back against Spears and the rest of her haters, Lizzo did what she does best: Take the high road. The "2 B Loved (Am I Ready)" singer shared that people had been asking her to take a stand against such comments, but reminded her fans and viewers that she got the best revenge possible. She mentioned she didn't need to say anything because she had the Moon Man in her hand. Or, as she put it: "'Cause b***h, I'm winning, ho."