The MTV Video Music Awards returned to New York on Sunday, with major wins for pop stars old and new. Sparks flew before the ceremony when Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor and rapper Machine Gun Kelly were involved in an altercation on the red carpet. Olivia Rodrigo then won best new artist and best song for Drivers License, while Justin Bieber was awarded the best artist title. The main award, video of the year, went to Lil Nas X for his single Montero (Call Me by Your Name). “Let’s go, gay agenda”, hollered the rapper, who has made LGBT-positive messaging and imagery a central component of his music. The 22-year-old, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, also presented one of the night’s best shows, segueing from a marching band introduction to a lurid pink prison scene where, for good measure, he stripped to his boxer shorts and twerked in a shower. Hosted by rapper Doja Cat, the event marked the 40th anniversary of MTV’s launch in America. The show was opened by Madonna, telling the story of how she had arrived in New York 40 years ago “with just $35 and a pair of dance shoes” before finding an ally in the new music video network.