MTV VMAs 2021: Ashanti’s bondage dress was so smoking that Nick Cannon proposed on the red carpet

Ashanti owned the red carpet with her gladiator-style dress (Pictures: Getty)

Ashanti was the epitome of ‘don’t let the dress wear you’ as she completely owned the red carpet in a striking bondage gown.

.

Proving to be as daring as the likes of Megan Fox and Lil Nas X, Ashanti, 40, rocked up to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in a bold creation from designer Michael Costello.

The black number featured a bikini top and bottoms with a skirt and gladiator style straps along one side of her leg and her torso, creating quite the fierce look. 

The Always On Time singer was well in her element posing for photos on her own, but actor and comedian Nick Cannon couldn’t wait until she was off the red carpet to show his admiration for her outfit. 

Nick, 40, got down on one knee and pretended to propose to the R&B star, taking her hand and planting a kiss on it.

Ashanti seemed highly entertained by the romantic gesture and threw her head back in laughter. However, it’d be impressive if Nick even found the time for a wedding after recently becoming a father of seven. 

The Wild N Out host was himself sporting an eye-catching look, wearing a sparkling cropped vest with white trousers, gold boots and red dreadlocks. 

The R&B starlet wore a Michael Costello creation (Picture: FilmMagic)

It made Nick Cannon get down on one knee (Picture: FilmMagic)

Bondage but make it fashun (Picture: FilmMagic)

Ashanti joined her longtime collaborator Ja Rule to present on-stage (Picture: Getty Images)

Ashanti has been smashing the fashion game recently as Fat Joe couldn’t help but praise the outfit she wore to his 51st birthday party in August. 

The Foolish hitmaker donned a blue asymmetric dress with a cut-out design across her cleavage and torso, making for another jaw-dropping look. 

Reacting to her get-up during an Instagram live after the party, Fat Joe told his followers: ‘When Ashanti comes out that car, Je-sus Christmas! I mean, what wasn’t she wearing? Holy s**t…She is looking like a mother*****n’ missile out there in them streets. 

More: US Showbiz news

Kim Kardashian wears leather mask covering her entire head ahead of Met Gala

Rapper Dan Sur gets gold chain ‘hair’ hooks surgically implanted into scalp

9/11: Celebrities who were affected by the September 11 attacks

‘So, Ashanti comes in and I’m like Jesus Christ. What part of the Fat Joe hyping her up is this? In all the years I’ve known her, she’s never looked better.’ 

He went on to recall: ‘She walks in, I automatically rush her to the stage because I thought the f****n’ outfit was gonna fly off her. I thought we had five minutes with Ashanti in there… You know how they rip off the basketball pants? This was one of them dresses.’



MTV VMAs 2021 winners list

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WA
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber)
Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
** WINNER Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande
Doja Cat
** WINNER Justin Bieber
Megan Thee Stallion
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

SONG OF THE YEAR

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – Mood
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave The Door Open
BTS – Dynamite
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Dua Lipa – Levitating
** WINNER Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license

BEST NEW ARTIST

24kGoldn
Giveon
The Kid LAROI
** WINNER Olivia Rodrigo
Polo G
Saweetie

PUSH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

September 2020: Wallows – Are You Bored Yet?
October 2020: Ashnikko – Daisy
November 2020: SAINt JHN – Gorgeous
December 2020: 24kGoldn – Coco
January 2021: JC Stewart – Break My Heart
February 2021: Latto – Sex Lies
March 2021: Madison Beer – Selfish
April 2021: The Kid LAROI – WITHOUT YOU
** WINNER May 2021: Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license
June 2021: girl in red – Serotonin
July 2021: Fousheé – my slime
August 2021: jxdn —Think About Me

BEST COLLABORATION

24kGoldn ft. iann dior – Mood
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
** WINNER Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
Drake ft. Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – Prisoner

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Blackpink
**WINNER BTS
CNCO
Foo Fighters
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars / Anderson .Paak / Silk Sonic
Twenty One Pilots

BEST POP

Ariana Grande – positions
Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am
BTS – Butter
Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness
** WINNER Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches
Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u
Shawn Mendes – Wonder
Taylor Swift – willow

BEST HIP-HOP

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Drake ft. Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later
Lil Baby ft. Megan Thee Stallion – On Me (remix)
Moneybagg Yo – Said Sum
Polo G – RAPSTAR
** WINNER Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A. – FRANCHISE

BEST ROCK

Evanescence – Use My Voice
Foo Fighters – Shame Shame
** WINNER John Mayer – Last Train Home
The Killers – My Own Soul’s Warning
Kings Of Leon – The Bandit
Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Bleachers – Stop Making This Hurt
Glass Animals – Heat Waves
Imagine Dragons – Follow You
** WINNER Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear – My Ex’s Best Friend
Twenty One Pilots – Shy Away
WILLOW ft. Travis Barker – t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l

BEST LATIN

Bad Bunny x Jhay Cortez – Dákiti
** WINNER Billie Eilish & ROSALÍA – Lo Vas A Olvidar
Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – GIRL LIKE ME
J. Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy – UN DIA (ONE DAY)
Karol G – Bichota
Maluma – Hawái

BEST R&B

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – BROWN SKIN GIRL
** WINNER Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave The Door Open
Chris Brown and Young Thug – Go Crazy
Giveon – HEARTBREAK ANNIVERSARY
H.E.R. ft. Chris Brown – Come Through
SZA – Good Days

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – DUMDi DUMDi
BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez – Ice Cream
** WINNER BTS – Butter
Monsta X – Gambler
SEVENTEEN – Ready to love
TWICE – Alcohol-Free

VIDEO FOR GOOD

** WINNER Billie Eilish – Your Power
Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil
H.E.R. – Fight For You
Kane Brown – Worldwide Beautiful
Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Pharrell Williams ft. JAY-Z – Entrepreneur

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – Your Power – Directed by: Billie Eilish
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – POPSTAR (Starring Justin Bieber) – Directed by: Julien Christian Lutz aka Director X
** WINNER Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino
Taylor Swift – willow – Directed by: Taylor Swift
Travis Scott ft. Young Thug & M.I.A – Franchise – Directed by: Travis Scott
Tyler, The Creator – LUMBERJACK – Directed by: Wolf Haley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

** WINNER Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – BROWN SKIN GIRL – Cinematography by: Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, MOHAMMAED ATTA AHMED, Santiago Gonzalez, Ryan Helfant
Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am – Cinematography by: Rob Witt
Foo Fighters – Shame Shame – Cinematography by: Santiago Gonzalez
Justin Bieber ft. Chance The Rapper – Holy – Cinematography by: Elias Talbot
Lady Gaga – 911 – Cinematography by: Jeff Cronenweth
Lorde – Solar Power – Cinematography by: Andrew Stroud

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer – ALREADY – Art Direction by: Susan Linns, Gerard Santos
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits – Art Direction by: Alison Dominitz
Lady Gaga – 911 – Art Direction by: Tom Foden, Peter Andrus
Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Art Direction by: John Richoux
** WINNER Saweetie ft. Doja Cat – Best Friend – Art Direction by: Art Haynes
Taylor Swift – willow – Art Direction by: Ethan Tobman, Regina Fernandez

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Bella Poarch – Build A B**** – Visual Effects by: Andrew Donoho, Denhov Visuals, Denis Strahhov, Rein Jakobson, Vahur Kuusk, Tatjana Pavlik, Yekaterina Vetrova
Coldplay – Higher Power – Visual Effects by: Mathematic
Doja Cat & The Weeknd – You Right – Visual Effects by: La Pac, Anthony Lestremau, Julien Missaire, Petr Shkolniy, Alexi Bailla, Micha Sher, Antoine Hache, Mikros MPC, Nicolas Huget, Guillaume Ho Tsong Fang, Benjamin Lenfant, Stephane Pivron, MPC Bangalore, Chanakya Chander, Raju Ganesh, David Rouxel
Glass Animals – Tangerine – Visual Effects by: Ronan Fourreau
** WINNER Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Visual Effects by: Mathematic 
P!NK – All I Know So Far – Visual Effects by: Dave Meyers, Freenjoy Inc

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Ariana Grande – 34+35 – Choreography by: Brian Nicholson & Scott Nicholson
BTS – Butter – Choreography by: SON SUNG DEUK With BHM PERFORMANCE DIRECTING TEAM
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits – Choreography by: Natricia Bernard
Foo Fighters – Shame Shame – Choreography by: Nina McNeely
** WINNER Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness – Choreography by: Paul Roberts
Marshmello & Halsey – Be Kind – Choreography by: Dani Vitale

BEST EDITING

** WINNER Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic – Leave The Door Open – Editing by: Troy Charbonnet
BTS – Butter – Editing by: Yong Seok Choi from Lumpens
Drake – What’s Next – Editing by: Noah Kendal
Harry Styles – Treat People With Kindness – Editing by: Claudia Wass
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon – Peaches – Editing by: Mark Mayr, Vinnie Hobbs
Miley Cyrus ft. Dua Lipa – Prisone

MORE : MTV VMAs 2021: Normani kills it with lap dance on Teyana Taylor during Wild Side performance

MORE : Megan Fox steals the spotlight in totally sheer Mugler dress as MTV VMAs red carpet serves serious looks