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Maneskin were among the many performers tonight (Aug. 28) at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. They played a rendition of their song “Supermodel” during the ceremony, which marked their first-ever VMA performance. Apparently, MTV censored the broadcast.
Maneskin’s appearance tonight may or may not have brought viewers back to 1991 when Prince performed “Gett Off” at the MTV Awards… in chaps. Frontman Damiano David wore a similar piece during their performance of “Supermodel,” except his were black leather, more closely resembling what Axl Rose frequently wore onstage with Guns N’ Roses in the mid-’80s.
Though MTV and VMAs have shared snippets of Maneskin’s cheeky performance on their social media accounts, the majority of the broadcast showed an aerial view of the stage rather than a close-up of the band. Many viewers on Twitter have speculated that this was due to David’s outfit, as well as his bandmate Victoria De Angelis’.
Check out clips of their performance below, as well as some reactions from Twitter.
The Italian pop-rock group was nominated for two awards at the event this year, Best New Artist and Best Alternative Video for the song “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE.” They took home the award for Best Alternative Video, but they lost Best New Artist to Dove Cameron.
Red Hot Chili Peppers played two songs earlier in the night, and were the recipients of this year’s Global Icon Award, which drummer Chad Smith dedicated to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Panic! At the Disco are the third and final group set to perform and represent the rock genre during the ceremony.
Maneskin will embark on their first-ever North American tour later this year. The run kicks off Oct. 31 in Seattle, Wash. and wraps up Dec. 16 in Las Vegas, Nev. Click here to see all of the dates and get your tickets.
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) August 29, 2022
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 29, 2022
vmas will censor 90% of maneskin’s performance but have a 50 ft hologram with their whole ass out on one of their performances and won’t bat an eye. it’s some man ass and a covered tiddy. get over it. #VMAs
— amy (@AmyMarie2713) August 29, 2022
Ok, this Maneskin performance might be THE moment of the VMAs and I don’t even like this band, Cameras cut away for more than 50% of that and based on the singer’s outfit, something might have happened. 😂
— Ændy Todd (@buckwheat328) August 29, 2022
— vanessa ४ (@mcuseance) August 29, 2022
— lesly_in_wonderland💎 (@LLG1205) August 29, 2022
justice for #Maneskin !! let’s make nipples free to be seen! a man with a shirtless and buttocks out is fine, the woman’s breasts are censored! shitty misogynists! #VMAs #VMA pic.twitter.com/mXeKZE25N5
— måry/veronica sky🫀post CIRCO MASSIMO🎪 (@maryskin_) August 29, 2022