Doja Cat’s first-ever performance on the VMA stage found her bathed in hot fuchsia as she delivered her hits "Say So" and "Like That.” She also accepts her PUSH Best New Artist award and thanked her fans as well as her mom, cementing her place as a unique talent to continue watching.
"I'm always kind of winging it," she told MTV News correspondent Dometi Pongo.
"I have my album coming — can't say when. I really want to make it a surprise. I don't want to say too much," Doja said, carefully. But though she couldn't reveal any specifics, she said the new album's energy in grounded in how each new song has its own "personality." "It's not gonna be perfectly consistent — I've never been, anyway. But we have some dancehall stuff on there, some Afrobeat stuff, some funk, house. I'm trying to cover all bases."
Watch the full interview below.
She told MTV News the mere shock of winning made her first thing she was being fooled. "I thought it was a sick prank!" she said. "No, I was really, really excited to find that out and I didn't know how to try to hold myself back from tears. I usually say that I don't care about this kind of thing, but I actually do. I now know that I do care about getting this award, a lot."
"It means that there are people out there who enjoy my music and they care about me, like they care about the craft," she continued. "They care about what I'm doing. That's amazing for me because I just enjoy doing it, period. If people didn't like it, I'd probably still be doing it, but it's really cool that people support it."