Hayley Kiyoko Wins Push Artist Of the Year at 2018 VMAs: 'This Validates Any Queer Woman Of Color'

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Hayley Kiyoko attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018 in New York City.

The telecast hadn’t even started, but rising star Hayley Kiyoko had already walked away with her first-ever moon person at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20. The singer received the Push artist of the year, beating out SZA, Khalid, Lil Xan and several others.

"This validates any queer woman of color that you can follow your dreams,” Kiyoko said in an impromptu interview on the pink carpet. She also shouted out an obligatory, "VMGAYS!"

Ahead of the awards, Kiyoko told Billboard, "I’m really excited to be there and I’m excited to be nominated. It makes me feel like I’m finally invited to the popular table. I’m ready to sit down and hang out."

It was also revealed that Kiyoko is one of two final contenders for the best new artists category; she's up against Cardi B. The pair have knocked out Bazzi, Chloe x Halle, Lil Pump and Lil Uzi Vert in the fan-voted category.

Check out the full list of MTV VMA nominations here.

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