Taylor Swift won big at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, taking home a total of nine awards — surpassing Madonna to become the second-most awarded artist in the history of the show.
Beyoncé still reportedly holds the crown for the largest total of career VMAs, with 30, including wins with Destiny's Child and as part of The Carters with husband Jay-Z.
It was "Anti-Hero," the lead single off Swift's 2022 album, "Midnights," that helped propel the 33-year-old singer's grand total from 14 VMAs to 23. Madonna's tally stands at 20.
"It's me, hi, I'm the problem, it's me," go the lyrics of the song, which Swift says is one of her favorites because it is "really honest" and provides listeners with a "real guided tour throughout all the things I tend to hate about myself."
Here's a list of the Moon Man trophies bagged by Swift on Tuesday:
- Video of the Year, for her self-directed song, "Anti-Hero."
- Artist of the Year.
- Album of the Year for "Midnights," which was released in October 2022 and is the singer's 10th album.
- Song of the Year for "Anti-Hero."
- Best Pop, for "Anti-Hero."
- Best Direction for "Anti-Hero."
- Best Cinematography for "Anti Hero."
- Best Visual Effects for "Anti Hero."
- Show of the summer. Fans voted Swift's "The Eras Tour" as the winner, despite the star being up against Beyoncé's "Renaissance Tour."
On Tuesday, Swift called the ongoing world tour, which is due to end in November 2024, "joyful and exhilarating," before adding: "And we're not even halfway done."
Swift also heaped praise on her fans during the ceremony.
"This is unbelievable," Swift said as she accepted the prize for Video of the Year. "I just want to say the fact this is a fan-voted award means so much to me."
"All I have to say tonight is thank you, I am blown away," she said onstage at New Jersey's Prudential Center.
One of Swift's wins, best pop song, was presented by legendary boyband 'N Sync who reunited - much to the delight of fans - to reveal the winner of the award.
"I had your dolls," the stunned star told the boyband, describing them as "pop personified."