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Taylor Swift, 33, simply graced the pink carpet on the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, Sept 12, 2023. In a regal plunging black asymmetrical robe with a thigh excessive slit, she proved once more why she reigns on the occasion. However Taylor isn’t merely identified for her successful appears to be like — she’s additionally taken residence a mountain of the coveted Moon Man trophies over time. This 12 months, she leads the group with a whopping 11 nominations — together with nods for Video of the Yr, Artist of the Yr, Tune of the Yr, and extra, all for her hit “Anti-Hero.” She’s to this point garnered wins for Finest Pop Tune and Finest Tune of the Yr.

She additionally had an enormous night time a 12 months in the past on the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. She attended the present in-person and gained three “Moon Men”, together with Video Of The Yr for All Too Nicely: The Quick Movie. Taylor additionally shocked her followers by asserting that her subsequent album is popping out in October. Taylor final attended the VMAs in 2019, when she kicked off the night time along with her debut performances of “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover” from the primary album she ever owned, Lover. She didn’t attend the 2020 VMAs, however she nonetheless gained awards together with Finest Path which made her the primary solo feminine artist to take action within the present’s 38-year historical past.

On the 2022 Video Music Awards, Taylor was nominated in 5 classes, all for the quick movie that she created for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)”, which stars Stranger IssuesSadie Sink and Teen Wolf‘s Dylan O’Brien. After her three wins, Taylor now has 14 MTV VMAs in her identify. Learn on to seek out out about every VMA award she’s gained in her profession.

Finest Video by a Feminine Artist – “You Belong With Me” (2009)

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Kanye West infamously stole the microphone from Taylor Swift on the 2009 Video Music Awards, the place she gained her first Moon Particular person (Photograph: Jason Decrow/AP/Shutterstock)

The 2009 Video Music Awards began off like a real fairytale for Taylor. She arrived on the pink carpet in a whimsical horse-drawn carriage and regarded like a modern-day princess in a horny, however candy one-sleeved robe embellished with silver sequins. Nonetheless, Taylor’s first Moon Particular person trophy is memorable for a heartbreaking motive, sadly. Taylor, who was 19 on the time, beat out Beyonce for Finest Video by a Feminine Artist with “You Belong With Me”, and as popular culture lovers bear in mind, that was the night time Kanye West determined to stand up on stage and inform the world Beyonce, reasonably than Taylor, deserved the award.

Taylor was simply sentences into her acceptance speech when Kanye rudely interrupted her. “Thank you so much! I always dreamed about what it would be like to maybe win one of these someday, but I never thought it actually would have happened,” she started, per Vox. “I sing country music. So thank you so much for giving me the chance to win a VMA Award!” Then, Kanye, who had been ingesting all night time, climbed up on stage and stole the mic. “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” he acknowledged.

Taylor was clearly confused, and based on Billboard, each Beyonce and Taylor have been each crying backstage as a result of they have been so upset. “Her mom and she were crying, and I profusely apologized and I said, ‘I’m sorry, we didn’t know. I know you have to perform in the next act and let me think about a way we can make it right for you. We’re dealing with him now and I’m so sorry it ruined your moment,’” Van Toffler, the previous president of Viacom Media Networks Music & Brand Group, recalled in a 2019 interview. “I didn’t anticipate I’d have a crying artist and mom to deal with — literally right before she has to go out on Sixth Avenue and stand on a car and sing her song.”

That’s proper; Taylor was slated to carry out the track, which consisted of a pre-recorded portion throughout which she sang within the New York Metropolis subway, and a second half that was taped dwell and had her singing on high of a taxi on sixth Avenue. Taylor was capable of pull herself collectively and provides an brisk efficiency, however that notorious night time marked only the start of the drama she would run into with the Yeezy designer.

Finest Video by a Feminine Artist – “I Knew You Were Trouble” (2013)

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Taylor Swift poses along with her award on the 2013 Video Music Awards (Photograph: Jim Ruymen/UPI/Shutterstock)

Taylor walked away with one other Finest Video by a Feminine Artist award in 2013 for her 2012 hit “I Knew You Were Trouble,” off her authentic Purple album. Per normal, she thanked her followers for serving to her obtain her desires, however not per normal, she shouted out the person who impressed the track. “I want to thank the fans because I tweeted about this a lot. I really, really wanted this, and thank you so much for doing this for me,” she started, per CMT.  “I feel really lucky because I have both the video director Anthony Mandler and my co-star, Reeve Carney, here tonight, and I’m so happy that they are here.” She concluded, “I also want to thank the person who inspired this song — who knows exactly who he is — because now I’ve got one of these.” The sass!

Video of the Yr  – “Bad Blood” (2015)

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Taylor Swift and her well-known ‘girl squad’ pose on the 2019 Video Music Awards (Photograph: Jim Ruymen/UPI/Shutterstock)

Taylor gained the highest prize of the night time with “Bad Blood”, the video for which she notoriously invited a few of her besties on the time, resembling Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, and Martha Hunt, to be a part of. She began off her acceptance speech by shouting out Kendrick Lamar, who’s featured on the monitor however couldn’t be there in particular person to just accept the award. “I wanna thanks Kendrick Lamar. I wish he was here, but he’s off on tour in Europe being amazing,” she started, per MTV.

She then expressed her gratitude to her followers. “The fact that you would vote and give us this bonding experience that we will have forever, thank you from the bottom of my heart. There’s been a lot of discussion about this video and what it means, but I’m just happy that in 2015, we live in a world where boys can play princesses and girls can play soldiers,” she smiled.

Finest Feminine Video – “Blank Space” (2015)

Taylor’s competitors for Finest Feminine Video included Beyonce (“7/11”), Ellie Goulding (“Love Me Like You Do”), Nicki Minaj (“Anaconda”), and  Sia (“Elastic Heart”). When she took the stage for her win, she as soon as once more thanked her devoted followers. Maybe, the sweetest second was when she let the video’s director, Joseph Kahn, say a number of phrases. “It’s a jaded world, but it’s hard to believe there’s someone as nice, as awesome as you, that’s as beautiful and as talented all in the same combination,” he sweetly stated to the Pennsylvania native, per Bustle. “It’s unreal. You inspire us.”

Finest Collaboration  – “Bad Blood” (2015)

It’s no shock “Bad Blood” gained this trophy, contemplating the track is a collaboration between two artists, and the music video is a collaboration between Taylor and over 15 of her closest pals. The video actually acquired loads of recognition on the awards present!

Finest Pop Video – “Blank Space” (2015)

Taylor impressively walked away with 4 awards after the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. She even gained Finest Pop Video for “Blank Space” earlier than the present even began! Talking of the beginning of the present, she squashed any Nicki Minaj drama rumors after she joined her to kick off the present with a mixed efficiency of “The Night Is Still Young” and “Bad Blood”. Technique to go, Tay!

Finest Collaboration – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (2017)

Taylor and Zayn Malik collaborated on the track “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, which was featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. In a since-deleted behind-the-scenes clip about making the video, Taylor gushed about working along with her pal (and father of Gigi Hadid’s child). “I’ve known Zayn for a really long time. I think his voice is one of those that is really rare, and I think he’s really special and wonderful and it’s really, really amazing to get to work together,” she acknowledged, per Elle. “It’s amazing when you get to work with people who you hang out with because the question of ‘Will we get along?’ is already answered. You’re like ‘Yeah, we’ll get along insane, we hang out, like, it’s fine.’ And he’s also incredibly talented. And I feel really lucky to get to do this song that I’m really proud of with him… It’s been amazing.”

Video for Good – “You Need to Calm Down” (2019)

“You Need to Calm Down” turned an LGBTQ+ anthem when it was launched in 2019, because it straight referred to as out anti-gay haters and advocated for GLAAD, a company that fights for LGBTQ+ acceptance. With lyrics like, “shade never made anybody less gay” and “Why are you mad? /When you could be GLAAD?”, Taylor didn’t come to play. Moreover, the video featured many celebrities that determine as queer, together with forged members from Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus, Adam Rippon, Billy Porter, Ellen DeGeneres, and Todrick Corridor.

Video of the Yr – “You Need to Calm Down” (2019)

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Taylor Swift accepted her Video of the Yr award with a lot of her music video co-stars beside her (Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock)

“You Need to Calm Down” additionally gained the coveted Video of the Yr award on the 2019 Video Music Awards, and Taylor made certain to assist her LGBTQ+ pals and followers by calling out the White Home, which was led by Donald Trump on the time, to create a extra accepting setting. “In this video, several points were made. You voting for this video means that you want a world where we’re all treated equally under the law, regardless of who we love, regardless of how we identify,” Taylor eloquently famous in her acceptance speech earlier than making a extra pointed political comment.

As followers know, the video ended with a name to motion and inspired viewers to signal her petition which referred to as for senators to assist the Equality Act. Taylor continued on by addressing the petition’s recognition, “It now has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to warrant a response from the White House,” she famous. She then tapped on an imaginary watch on her wrist, exhibiting that point is ticking for the federal government to acknowledge it.

“My cast live their lives so authentically,” the Grammy Award winner added. “Thank you for being the example you are. I love you so much. Thank you, MTV for lifting up this point and this video.”

Video of the Yr – “ME!” (2019)

Taylor picked up a 3rd trophy on the 2019 awards present for “ME!”, which featured Brendon Urie of Panic! On the Disco. Equally to when she labored with Zayn Malik, Taylor had nothing however praises to sing about collaborating with Brendon. “I had to step up the whole video; I have to step up every time I’m around him, he is just the best performer, and he is so much energy,” she gushed to Kent Andrew “Smallzy” Small on Nova’s Smallzy’s Surgical procedure, per Each day Mail.

Finest Path – “The Man” (2020)

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Taylor Swift each directed and starred within the music video for ‘The Man’, during which she performed a person (Photograph: Courtesy of Youtube)

As famous above, Taylor made historical past when she nabbed the trophy for Finest Path with 2020’s “The Man” music video. Upon accepting it just about, she reminded her collaborators and her followers how grateful she is for the alternatives she has. “I’m so grateful for this,” she stated, per Simply Jared. “I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to the team who believed in me as a first-time director and who made this video with me.”

Addressing her followers, she added, “You are the only reason why the industry cares about anything that I do. And everything that you guys have done with Folklore this summer, I’m just so blown away and taken aback by your generosity to me.”

Finest Path — ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ (2022)

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Taylor Swift wins on the 2022 MTV VMAs (Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

Taylor gained Finest Path for All Too Nicely: The Quick Movie. It was one among three awards of the night time for Taylor, all for her widely-popular ten minute film to her beloved track “All Too Well” from her Purple album.

Finest Lengthy Kind Video — ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ (2022)

Taylor took residence the trophy for Finest Lengthy Kind Video for All Too Nicely: The Quick Movie. She accepted the award on stage and gave an exquisite speech. “We put our entire hearts into this trying to make something worth of the love that fans have shown this song. Thank you for this beautiful indication that we did something right.”

Video of the Yr — ‘All Too Well: The Short Film’ (2022)

The ultimate award on the 2022 MTV VMAs went to Taylor for Video of the Yr for All Too Nicely: The Quick Movie. She made historical past by changing into the one artist ever to win three VMAs for Video of the Yr of their profession. “I’m so honored to have been recognized alongside such amazing and directors in this category,” she stated in her acceptance speech, noting that 4 of the Video of the Yr director nominees have been girls. Taylor then dropped the bombshell of the night time: her subsequent album is popping out on October 21!

Tune of the Yr — ‘Anti-Hero’ (2023)

Predictably, Taylor took residence among the greatest awards of the night time on Sept 12, 2023 in New Jersey — beginning with a trophy for Tune of the Yr for her hit single “Anti-Hero.” “Oh my God, I’m so excited,” she gushed on the podium partly. After nodding to Jack Antoff, she additionally defined why the respect was so essential to her. “I started writing songs when I was 12, and it always starts with a very isolated emotion,” she defined. A really particular kind of insecurity or self loathing that I really feel like I’m the one one who’s feeling in that second. After which once I acquired out on tour, and I’ve acquired a stadium singing the phrases again to me, it brings me to this very stress-free feeling of…possibly all of us have the identical points.”

Finest Pop Tune — ‘Anti-Hero’ (2023)

Taylor took residence the award for Finest Pop as nicely, and he or she was offered the respect by NSYNC, who left her visibly flustered. “I really love making pop music, so thank you so so so much,” she stated as she held up the award victoriously.

Video of the Yr — ‘Anti-Hero’ (2023)

Taylor outdid herself by successful Video of the Yr on the 2023 VMAs– once more. She accepted the award to a standing ovation. “All I have to say tonight is thank you. I’m blown away,” she stated whereas accepting the respect.