Maneskin Delivers Risque Performance of ‘Supermodel’ at 2022 VMAs

After Maneskin member Victoria De Angelis flaunted her Lil Kim circa 1999 VMA-inspired outfit on the red carpet at the 2022 MTV The VMAs on Sunday (August 28), it was her bandmate Damiano David’s turn to make a splash during their electrifying performance of “Supermodel.”

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Bare-chested David had no trouble showing off his goods, wearing chaps that exposed his rear. For viewers at home, MTV zoomed in on the group’s performance several times as an undaunted David partied with a group of costumed dancers by his side. Despite the camera tricks, Maneskin electrified the crowd in attendance and kept the mood intact with their hit. In July, the rock quartet achieved their second No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternatively Airplay diagram after “Supermodel” landed on top. Their first was “Beggin”, which reigned supreme for 11 weeks last October.

In a May interview with Billboard, Maneskin gushed about the making of “Supermodel” alongside pop producer heavyweight Max Martin. “It was cool because Max and his whole team never tried to force us to do anything we didn’t want to do,” said David. “He basically wanted to understand how we work and how we’re used to making music and what makes us happy about music. He was very humble and said, ‘How can I help you make it global?’ It was fun because we were used to just jamming to write. This new thing of using computers and stuff was really overwhelming for us.”

Earlier in the night, Maneskin landed their first Moon Person after picking up a Best Alternative Video win for “I Wanna Be Your Slave.” In an interview with Entertainment tonight, the foursome celebrated the historic victory, becoming the first Italian group to win a VMA award. “We didn’t expect that [win]”, David admitted. “There are a lot of great, great artists here, so of course it’s an honor for us.”

Maneskin were also nominated for Best New Artist and Best Group.

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