Before the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards went down Sunday (August 28) at the Prudential Center in Newark, singer-songwriter Kane Brown took his talents outdoors to the Toyota Stage in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For his first-ever television performance of his recent single “Grand” — and for making history as the first male country artist to perform at the show — he lit up the stage with blue and green LED lights, perhaps nodding to the lasers in the song’s colorful music video.
When Brown first got his start in the Nashville music scene, “people told him he wasn’t country enough,” Jack Harlow told the VMA crowd while introducing Brown’s performance. But the success of “Grand” and Brown’s captivating stage presence — along with “Like I Love Country Music” and “One Mississippi,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart — signal there’s more to come from Brown. Mark your calendar for September 9, when his third album, Different Man, comes out.
Back in Newark, Brown hit the VMA black carpet with his wife, Katelyn, and shared a sweet family photo with their kids ahead of the big night. (As the song goes, “Only ones I keep around me is my fam.”)
He also posed with another star you may have heard of, one who’s familiar with capturing Nashville hearts through her music: Taylor Swift.
The 2022 VMAs aired live on MTV from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Find the complete list of winners right here and keep up with all of the night's biggest VMA moments.