The public accused the VMAs of being rigged after Harlow won the fan-voted category over BTS’s Jung Kook, Doja Cat, Lizzo, and others.
The win came with a debate as fans of other artists complained that the MTV VMAs were somehow rigged in Harlow’s favor.
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Other nominees included Nicki Minaj,Future, Drake, Doja Cat, Lizzo, Post Malone, Latto, Jung Kook, Charlie Puth, Beyoncé, and many more. On social media, reactions to Harlow’s Song of the Summer win have been mixed, as some claimed that he was only awarded because he was hosting the show. It was suggested that “First Class” was a hit record, but it did not have the same impact as tracks by other nominees.
Harlow took home four awards at the 2022 MTV VMAs and in his SOTS acceptance speech, the rapper was humbled by the response to his success.
Check out some highlights and a few reactions below.