They introduced us to their song “I Wanna Be Your Slave” at the Wiwi Jam at Home concert during Eurovision 2021, watching it wrack up more than 53 million views.
And Måneskin followed that performance up with an eye-catching official music video, which on Sunday won a coveted MTV Video Music Award.
Topping the Best Alternative music video category, they beat out competition from the likes of Avril Lavigne, Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly and Panic! at the Disco.
As fans already know, a lot happens in that music video, which sees Victoria De Angelis step into the frame wearing lingerie, before she leans forward and spits on her kneeling bandmate Ethan Torchio. Perhaps nodding to the song’s title, Ethan looks more expectant than shocked as Victoria’s warm saliva drips down his cheek.
That devil-may-care attitude was on full show at the 2022 VMAs, with Damino performing in assless chaps and Victoria covering her breasts with little more than silver discs at one point.
Apparently MTV was feeling prudish and the cameras frequently cut away, leaving fans furious.
One user said: “I can’t believe MTV censored Måneskin. WTF they had people twerking all night, a giant twerking animation, people fake smoking a giant blunt but a man with his ass out is censured??”
Another demanded that MTV issue an apology.
It seems that the camerawork may have come down partly to this wardrobe malfunction, in which Vic’s breast was fully exposed.
OK – Victoria was the cause, not Damiano ,unfortunately it happens, BUT #VMAs should have not framed her simply … "SHOW MUST GO ON" – and don't censor it completely , ruining their performance!— ? Andrea Leone ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? (@lion8646053428) August 29, 2022
Fuck off MTV !!!!!! #Maneskin pic.twitter.com/nkLB9bHvbC
In any case, the band still made the most of their moment, performing at one of the most-watched musical events in the world.
Other A-listers who got to perform included Snoop Dogg, Eninem, Jack Harlow and Nicki Minaj.