And the performance was just as romantic as anticipated, with Cabello draping herself across Mendes as he strutted around the stage, guitar in hand. The real-life couple had the audience shrieking as they danced, flirted and kissed. Well, almost kissed.
Host Sebastian Maniscalco put it best when he said, “The skin! The hair! The lips! … And give it up for Camila, too!” (And let’s be real, Maniscalco didn’t say much else worth remembering.)
“Señorita” entered Monday’s ceremony with five nominations: Best Collaboration, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Choreography and Song of the Summer. Mendes, meanwhile, was nominated for Artist of the Year.
Of course, neither Mendes nor Cabello are strangers to the VMAs. Mendes has previously been nominated for five awards, while Cabello took home two in 2018 — Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Havana” — and has been nominated for four others. Cabello also won several VMAs during her time with Fifth Harmony (2012–2016).
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