Ariana Grande seemed emotional when she won the best pop prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.
She won for No Tears Left To Cry – her first single after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her concert in Manchester last May.
The 25-year-old singer accepted the prize and thanked her family, fans and fiancée Pete Davidson, who was in the audience.
She told him: "Thanks for the existence".
The couple publicly displayed their affection in a number of embraces on the red carpet for the show.
Cardi B opened the ceremony but disappointed fans on two fronts – one because she did not perform, and because she teased viewers by rocking what looked like a baby in a blanket, which was in fact a VMA Moonman prize.
The new mother, who received the preliminary round on the nominations, welcomed daughter Kulture in July – her first child with Migos rapper-friend Offset.
Jennifer Lopez delighted viewers with a medley of hits, including Jenny From The Block, Love Do not Cost A Thing and All I Have.
Her friend, Alex Rodriguez, seemed impressed when he hung up his phone and recorded her performance.
The 49-year-old was rewarded with the Michael Jackson video avant garde award.
She received a standing ovation when she accepted the prize in her hometown of New York.
"I grew up on MTV," she said.
"This is a tremendous honor for me, it has been an incredible journey to dream my wildest dreams when I saw them coming out." Music, acting, performing, this career has always been an obsession for me. "
Madonna paid tribute to Aretha Franklin and described her as "one of the greatest soul singers ever to have lived".
But the star, which celebrated it recently 60th birthday, the tone may be wrong.
Her tribute was not well received by some viewers – who accused her of making it herself.
She said at the beginning of his career that she lived in Detroit with "$ 35 in my pocket" and was repeatedly rejected from auditioning for "not being nice enough".
During an audition as a background dancer for a French disco artist she decided to sing Franklin & # 39; s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
This led to her going to Paris and acting as a launch pad for her career, she said.
Key winners of the VMA & # 39; s
Video of the year – Camila Cabello, Havana
Video with a message – This is America, childlike Gambino
Artist of the year – Camila Cabello
Song of the year – Rockstar from Post Malone
Push artist of the year – Hayley Kiyoko
Best doll – No Tears Left To Cry by Ariana Grande
Best hiphop – Chun-Li from Nicki Minaj
Best Latin – Mi Gente from J Balvin and Willy William
Song of Summer – I Like It from Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Best new artist – Cardi B
Best collaboration – Jennifer Lopez ft DJ Khaled and Cardi B, Dinero