At the 2021 MTV VMAs, ‘Positions’ star Ariana Grande found herself in an unfamiliar position: empty-handed.
With 9 career wins to her credit, Grande is one of the most awarded female acts in the history of the MTV VMAs (only Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift have more).
Entering the 2021 edition of the telecast with three nominations for work found aboard her sixth studio album, ‘Positions,’ her fans – affectionately called #Arianators – were keen to see that win count extended and enter double digits. Two-thirds of the way into the ceremony, those dreams were dashed.
After losing to longtime friend Justin Bieber in Artist of the Year and Best Pop Video categories, she was later defeated by in the Best Choreography category.
Needless to say, her fans didn’t take the news well.
my reaction when ariana lost the aoty pic.twitter.com/PFat7jvReA
— moon (@arianasoftIy) September 13, 2021
— Lynx 💛 (@LustrousLynx) September 13, 2021
actually voted my ass off just for ariana to lose like i see the vmas spirit pic.twitter.com/3CCQ1HutGv
— raquel (@arianassnasty) September 13, 2021
— alejandro (@taylorsversion) September 13, 2021
— fwteav (@King_teav) September 13, 2021
Similarly, her ’34+35′ co-star Megan Thee Stallion didn’t add any new Moonperson trophies to her collection either.
Despite entering the night as the ceremony’s most nominated act (6), Stallion – who was surprisingly absent from the show like Grande – was defeated in every category she was mentioned in by the night’s end.
Click here to see the 2021 MTV VMAs’ full list of winners.