BTS and BLACKPINK Score One VMAJ Award Each

All attention turned to Studio Coast in Tokyo last night as it took centerstage with live performances from eight of the hottest Japanese pop music acts at the 17th MTV Video Music Awards Japan (VMAJ).

The MTV VMAJ is one of the biggest annual music awards shows in Japan, which honors the best music videos by both international and Japanese artists. 2,000 fans joined the spectacular celebration party “MTV VMAJ 2018 – THE LIVE”, which also included electrifying performances by 5x BRIT Award-nominated pop star, Anne-Marie and hottest K-pop girl group, BLACKPINK. Kenshi Yonezu won ‘Best Video of the Year – Japan’. International acts Ariana Grande, Shawn MendesMarshmello & Anne-Marie and K-pop acts BTS and BLACKPINK each scored one VMAJ award.

Winners for each of the 16 categories were chosen by a Selection Committee consisting of MTV creative directors around Asia Pacific, with a lens of ensuring each winner met a “global standard” for their music videos. Winners from each award category, except Best Video of the Year – Japan, were announced on September 7th. Additionally, over 3 million votes were cast by fans through from September 7th to 25th to select the ‘Best Video of the Year’ and the winner was announced last night.


Full List of 2018 MTV VMAJ winners:

Best Video of the Year – Japan

Kenshi Yonezu 「Lemon」(Tomokazu Yamada)


Best Male Video – Japan

Kenshi Yonezu「Lemon」(Tomokazu Yamada)            


Best Male Video – International

Shawn Mendes「In My Blood」(Jay Martin)


Best Female Video – Japan

aiko「Straw」(Hiroshi Usui)


Best Female Video – International

Ariana Grande「No Tears Left to Cry」(Dave Meyers)


Best Group Video – Japan

Keyakizaka46「Ambivalent」(Ryohei Shingu)              


Best Group Video – International

BTS「FAKE LOVE」(YongSeok Choi)


Best New Artist Video – Japan



Best New Artist Video – International

Marshmello & Anne-Marie「Friends」(Hannah Lux Davis)


Best Rock Video

WANIMA「Human」(Satoshi Kuroda)            


Best Alternative Video

Dean Fujioka「Echo」(Ken Ninomiya)


Best Pop VideoBest Art Direction Video

HOSHINO GEN「Idea」(Kazuaki Seki)


Best Hip Hop Video

SKY-HI「Marble」(Spikey John)


Best Dance Video



Best Cinematography

Little Glee Monster「The world is smiling to you」(Takuro Okubo)


Best Choreography

E-girls「Show Time」(Shigeaki Kubo)


Special Awards:

SAS Lifetime Achievement Award Japan

Southern All Stars


Artist of the Year

Daichi Miura


Best Album of the Year

Hikaru Utada『Hatsukoi』


MTV VMAJ Legend Award



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Premiere: end October


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