Selena Gomez sneers at Chris Brown nomination in viral MTV VMA moment

Selena Gomez’s reaction to Chris Brown nomination goes VIRAL: Singer sneers at the mention of disgraced rapper at MTV Video Music Awards

  • Brown was nominated for Best R&B for his cameo on Chloe Bailey ‘s song How Does It Feel (although he was not in attendance)
  • The Only Murders In The Building actress emphatically scrunched her nose when the singer’s name was mention – making clear her disapproval
  • Her reaction to the mention of his name quickly went viral  

Selena Gomez made her feelings about controversial popstar Chris Brown incredibly clear on Tuesday night, when she was caught visibly sneering as his name was read out during the 2023 MTV Video Music Award ceremony.

The 30-year-old singer and actress — who won the Best Afrobeats award with Rema — was caught on camera making a very disgruntled expression as the 34-year-old R&B crooner’s name was mentioned during the ceremony.

Brown was nominated for Best R&B for his cameo on Chloe Bailey’s song How Does It Feel and the moment his name was read out as one of the listed nominees, Gomez was seen scrunching up her nose in clear disapproval over his acknowledgement. 

Although Gomez has not yet addressed the reasons behind her seemingly-disgusted reaction to Brown’s nomination, she is by no means the first person to publicly denounce the singer – who has been repeatedly criticized for his violent past, including his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. 

Viral! Selena Gomez was caught reacting to Chris Brown ‘s 2023 MTV Video Music Award nomination during Tuesday night’s live broadcast

Not a fan: The 30-year-old multihyphenate — who won the Best Afrobeats award with Rema — was recorded sneering after the 34-year-old R&B crooner’s name was mentioned 

On X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, the account @iconiksongs posed a clip of the captured grimace.

‘Selena Gomez’s reaction to Chris Brown is SO FUNNY,’ the tweet to its 187,500 followers read.

It comes just weeks after singer Ciara caught flack from fans for working with him on her new song How We Roll.

Critics flooded her social media comments to condemn her for working with the ‘toxic’ hitmaker despite his violent past — which includes physically abusing Rihanna in 2009.

Brown was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats but avoided jail time by accepting a plea deal.

Last November Kelly Rowland defended Chris when he was booed after winning Best Male R&B Artist at the American Music Awards, which he was not present for.

At the time she said ‘we all need to be forgiven’ while scolding the crowd.

Kelly later told TMZ: ‘I believe that grace is very real, we all need a dose of it. Before we point fingers at anyone we should realize how grateful we are, for every moment that we get.’

Not a fan? As the presenter named the Virgina-bred music artist, the Only Murders In The Building actress emphatically scrunched her nose in seeming disapproval; Brown pictured in February

More: The award went to SZA for her song Shirt, prompting another visceral reaction from Gomez, who appeared disappointed that the songstress wasn’t at the show to accept her award in person

Another one! There was also internet buzz about Selena’s reaction to Olivia Rodrigo’s performance

Winners! Rema and Selena accepted the brand new Afro Beats award for their collaboration on the remix of Rema’s song Calm Down

In the early hours of February 8, 2009, he got into an argument with Rihanna that ended with him assaulting her badly enough to require her hospitalization.

He was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats the following month, initially pleading not guilty, before pleading guilty to a single felony count.

He was ordered to serve five years of probation, community service and counseling for domestic violence.

The two later reunited in early 2013, before breaking up again later that year.

In addition to giving his former partner a busted lip and painful black eye during a fight when she was 21, he most recently was accused of raping and drugging a woman aboard a yacht in 2020, which he has vehemently denied. 

Controversy: In the early hours of February 8, 2009, he got into an argument with Rihanna that ended with him assaulting her badly enough to require her hospitalization; the former couple are seen in February 2013

Airing live in more than 150 countries, the global production spotlighted the best music videos of the past year with performances, tributes and fashion-forward appearances from music industry heavy hitters.

A new award category was introduced this year titled Show of the Summer, and fans got to decide who takes home the moon man prize.

Shakira received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and hip-hop icon Diddy received the Global Icon Award.

This year, the list of Artist of the Year contenders was entirely comprised of female artists for the first time, with Taylor Swift leading with the most nominations.

MTV Video Music Awards 2023: WINNERS

 Video of the Year

Doja Cat – ‘Attention’ 

Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’ 

Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Freaky Girl’

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘vampire’ 

Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’

SZA – ‘Kill Bill’ 

Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’ (WINNER)

Taylor Swift won Video Of The Year for her song Anti-Hero, which she directed


Artist of the Year:


Doja Cat


Nicki Minaj


Taylor Swift (WINNER)


Song of the Year:

Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘vampire’ 

Rema + Selena Gomez – ‘Calm Down’ 

Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’

Steve Lacy – ‘Bad Habit’

SZA – ‘Kill Bill’

Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’ (WINNER)


Best New Artist:


Ice Spice (WINNER)


Peso Pluma


Reneé Rapp


Push Performance of the Year:

August 2022: Saucy Santana – ‘Booty’

September 2022: Stephen Sanchez – ‘Until I Found You’ 

October 2022: JVKE – ‘golden hour’

November 2022: Flo Milli – ‘Conceited’

December 2022: Reneé Rapp – ‘Colorado’

January 2023: Sam Ryder – ‘All The Way Over’

February 2023: Armani White – ‘GOATED’

March 2023: FLETCHER – ‘Becky’s So Hot’

April 2023: TOMORROW X TOGETHER – ‘Sugar Rush Ride’ (WINNER)

May 2023: Ice Spice – ‘Princess Diana’

June 2023: FLO – ‘Losing You’ 

July 2023: Lauren Spencer Smith – ‘That Part’


Best Collaboration:

David Guetta + Bebe Rexha – ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ 

Post Malone, Doja Cat – ‘I Like You (A Happier Song)’ 

Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – ‘Gotta Move On’ 

KAROL G, Shakira – ‘TQG’ (WINNER)

Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – ‘Creepin’ (Remix)’

Rema + Selena Gomez – ‘Calm Down’ 

Shakira and Karol G took home ‘Best Collaboration’ for their hit ‘TQG’


Best Pop:

Demi Lovato – ‘Swine’

Dua Lipa – ‘Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)’ 

Ed Sheeran – ‘Eyes Closed’

Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’ 

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘vampire’ 


Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’ (WINNER)


Best Hip-Hop:

Diddy ft. Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, Yung Miami – ‘Gotta Move On’

DJ Khaled ft. Drake + Lil Baby – ‘STAYING ALIVE’ 

GloRilla + Cardi B – ‘Tomorrow 2’

Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Just Wanna Rock’ 

Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz + DMX – ‘Kant Nobody’

Metro Boomin ft Future – ‘Superhero (Heroes and Villains)’ 

Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Freaky Girl’ (WINNER)

Nicki Minaj won the ‘Best Hip-Hip’ gong for her ‘Super Freaky Girl’ music video


Best R+B:

Alicia Keys ft. Lucky Daye – ‘Stay’ 

Chlöe ft. Chris Brown – ‘How Does It Feel’

Metro Boomin with The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy – ‘Creepin’ (Remix)’

SZA – ‘Shirt’

Toosii – ‘Favorite Song’

Yung Bleu + Nicki Minaj – ‘Love In The Way’


Best Alternative:

blink-182 – ‘EDGING’ 

boygenius – ‘the film’ 

Fall Out Boy – ‘Hold Me Like A Grudge’

Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – ‘Candy Necklace’ (WINNER)

Paramore – ‘This Is Why’

Thirty Seconds To Mars – ‘Stuck’ 


Best Rock:

Foo Fighters – ‘The Teacher’

Linkin Park – ‘Lost (Original Version)’

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Tippa My Tongue’


Metallica – ‘Lux Æterna’

Muse – ‘You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween’


Best Latin:

Anitta – ‘Funk Rave’ (WINNER)

Bad Bunny – ‘WHERE SHE GOES’

Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma – ‘Ella Baila Sola’ 

KAROL G, Shakira – ‘TQG’ 


Shakira – ‘Acróstico’

Anitta took home the Best Latin award for ‘Funk Rave’


Group of the Year:

Blackpink – (WINNER)

Fifty Fifty


Jonas Brothers




Tomorrow x Together


Album of the Year:

Beyoncé – Renaissance

Drake and 21 Savage – Her Loss

Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains

Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation


Taylor Swift – Midnights (WINNER)


Video Vanguard Award: Shakira (WINNER)

Shakira was this year’s Video Vanguard Award recipient

Best K-Pop:

aespa – ‘Girls’ 

BLACKPINK – ‘Pink Venom’ 


SEVENTEEN – ‘Super’ 

Stray Kids – ‘S-Class’ (WINNER)

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – ‘Sugar Rush Ride’ 


Best Afrobeats:

Ayra Starr – ‘Rush’

Burna Boy – ‘It’s Plenty’ 

Davido ft. Musa Keys – ‘UNAVAILABLE’

Fireboy DML + Asake – ‘Bandana’ 

Libianca – ‘People’

Rema + Selena Gomez – ‘Calm Down’ (WINNER) 

Wizkid ft Ayra Starr– ‘2 Sugar’ 

Rema and Selena Gomez won Best Afrobeats video for their collaborative track ‘Calm Down’


Video for Good:

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You (Orchestral)

Bad Bunny – ‘El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente’

Demi Lovato – ‘Swine’ 

Dove Cameron – ‘Breakfast’ (WINNER)

Imagine Dragons – ‘Crushed’

Maluma – ‘La Reina’ 


Best Direction:

Doja Cat – ‘Attention’ – – Directed by Tanu Muiño

Drake – ‘Falling Back’ – Director X (Julien Christian Lutz)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Count Me Out’ – Directed by Dave Free + Kendrick Lamar 

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Her’ – Directed by Colin Tilley

Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’ – Directed by Floria Sigismondi

SZA – ‘Kill Bill’  – Directed by Christian Breslauer

Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’ – Directed by Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Taylor Swift won Best Direction for her song ‘Anti-Hero’


Best Cinematography:

Adele – ‘I Drink Wine’  – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra

Ed Sheeran – ‘Eyes Closed’ – Cinematography by Natasha Baier

Janelle Monae – ‘Lipstick Lover’  – Cinematography by Allison Anderson

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Count Me Out’ – Cinematography by Adam Newport-Berra

Miley Cyrus – ‘Flowers’ – Cinematography by Marcell Rev

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘vampire’ – Cinematography by Russ Fraser

Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’  – Cinematography by Rina Yang (WINNER)


Best Visual Effects:

Fall Out Boy – ‘Love From The Other Side’ – Visual Effects by Thomas Bailey and Josh Shaffner

Harry Styles – ‘Music For A Sushi Restaurant’  – Visual Effects by Chelsea Delfino and Black Kite Studios

Melanie Martinez – ‘VOID’  – Visual Effects by Carbon

Nicki Minaj – ‘Super Freaky Girl’ – Visual Effects by Max Colt and Sergio Mashevskyi

Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’ – Visual Effects by Max Colt / FRENDER

Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’ – Visual Effects by Parliament (WINNER)


Best Choreography:

BLACKPINK – ‘Pink Venom’  – Choreography by Kiel Tutin, Sienna Lalau, Lee Jung (YGX), Taryn Cheng (YGX) (WINNER)

Dua Lipa – ‘Dance The Night (From Barbie The Album)’ – Choreography by Charm LaDonna

Jonas Brothers – ‘Waffle House’ – Choreography by Jerry Reece

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Her’ –- Choreography by Sean Bankhead

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Middle Of A Breakup’ – Choreography by Monika Felice Smith

Sam Smith, Kim Petras – ‘Unholy’ – Choreography by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel


Best Art Direction:

boygenius – ‘the film’ – Art Direction by Jen Dunlap

BLACKPINK – ‘Pink Venom – Art Direction by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)

Doja Cat – ‘Attention’ – Art Direction by Spencer Graves (WINNER)

Lana Del Rey ft. Jon Batiste – ‘Candy Necklace’ – Art Direction by Brandon Mendez

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Her’  – Art Direction by Niko Philipides

SZA – ‘Shirt’ – Art Direction by Kate Bunch


Best Editing:

BLACKPINK – ‘Pink Venom’ – Editing by Seo Hyun Seung (GIGANT)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Rich Spirit’ – Edited by Grason Caldwell

Miley Cyrus – ‘River’ – Edited by Brandan Walter

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘vampire’ – Edited by Sofia Kerpan and David Checel (WINNER)

SZA – ‘Kill Bill’ – Edited by Luis Caraza Peimbert

Taylor Swift – ‘Anti-Hero’ – Edited by Chancler Haynes

The music video for Olivia Rodrigo’s hit ‘Vampire’ took home the Best Editing award


Song of the Summer:

Beyoncé – ‘Cuff It’

Billie Eilish – ‘What Was I Made For?’ (From The Motion Picture Barbie)

Doja Cat – ‘Paint the Town Red’

Doechii featuring Kodak Black – ‘What It Is (Block Boy)’

Dua Lipa – ‘Dance the Night’ (From the Barbie Album)

Fifty Fifty – ‘Cupid’

Gunna – ‘Fukumean’

Jung Kook featuring Latto – ‘Seven’ (WINNER)

Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice – ‘Barbie World’ (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album]

Olivia Rodrigo – ‘Vampire’

SZA – ‘Kill Bill’

Taylor Swift featuring Ice Spice – ‘Karma’

Tomorrow X Together and Jonas Brothers – ‘Do It Like That’

Luke Combs – ‘Fast Car’

Troye Sivan – ‘Rush’

Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – ‘La Bebe’ (Remix)

Show of the Summer:




Ed Sheeran

Karol G

Taylor Swift (WINNER)


Global Icon Award: Diddy (WINNER) 

Diddy received the Global Icon Award

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