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Khalid wins Best New Artist at the MTV VMAs

‘This is the start of something great,’ he declared

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Khalid joined the ranks of Lady Gaga, One Direction, and DNCE on Sunday night as he took home the award for Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“This is crazy, this is ridiculous,” said Khalid, 19, as he accepted the trophy. “I’ve got to thank the city of El Paso for standing behind me. This isn’t just for me — this is for the city.” The singer-songwriter also thanked his mother and his fans for their support.

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“This is the start of something great,” pledged the musician while accepting his first Moon Person.

Also on Sunday, Khalid joined Logic and Alessia Cara for a moving performance of “1-800-273-8255,” a song about suicide prevention. Kesha presented the group.

Khalid’s debut single “Location” and album American Teen made him into a powerful voice in music.

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Khalid beat out Noah Cyrus, Khalid, Kodak Black, Julia Michaels, SZA, and Young M.A. in the fan-voted category. You can check out the full list of tonight’s winners here.