Marshmello & Khalid deliver blissful vibes with ‘Numb’ at the 2022 VMAs

After some truly groundbreaking performances from all-stars such as Jack Harlow, Lizzo, BLACKPINK and more at 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, Marshmello and Khalid brought something else to the audience: good vibes.

The pair arrived early on Sunday’s (August 28) broadcast to deliver a laid-back, trippy performance of their new single “Numb.” The masked DJ took to the stage in a lime green sweater and sweatpants jamming a bass guitar and introduced his colleague Khalid, who appeared in the audience in New Jersey and sang the opening lines of their latest song together. “Like looking at the sun/ I feel like you’re the moon,” he sang. “I feel like I’m the one/ I’ll go numb.”

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Khalid hopped onto the stage and joined Marshmello and a line of denim-clad dancers as they wailed their way through the rest of the song, while viewers at home were treated to a feast of neon-colored visual effects that distorted the performance. Meanwhile, at Newark’s Prudential Center, the crowd sang and danced, complete with flashing wristbands to create the atmosphere of a big rave. The simulated ride, like Khalid’s vocals, offered a smooth transition to the next part of the show.

Of course, the couple weren’t the only ones to put on a performance. “Numb” was nominated in one category at Sunday’s awards ceremony: Song of the Summer. Joining the pair in their category were names including BeyoncĂ©, Doja Cat, Future, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj, who were awarded the event’s prestigious Video Vanguard Award during the ceremony.

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