MTV Video Music Awards 2017

The MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday were majorly about performances, elegance and breathtaking speeches from the winners of awards.

Kendrick Lamar kicked off the show with oomph with a short medley of some of his songs. Lamar was in eight nominations, as Katy Perry and The Weekend tied with five nominations each.

Perry, being the night’s host, started with a sort of a video sketch about space travel, featuring astronants Buzz Aldrin and Peggy Whitson.

Before the host invited Paris Jackson (the late Michael Jackson’s daughter) to present the award for best pop video, Katy Perry said, “Even in the apocalypse we deserve the best soundtrack.”

A moment before Paris Jackson presented the award, she commented, “Let’s leave here tonight remembering that we must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with ‘liberty’ as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination. We must resist.” The best pop video award went to Fifth Harmony’s ‘Down’.

A 24-year-old pastor and a descendent Confederate general Robert E. Lee, Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, then appeared to speak out against racial injustice, “We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate.  As a pastor it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.”

Lee then introduced Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville while marching as a counter-protestor against a white supremacist rally seeking to stop the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee.

She spoke of missing her daughter and announced the launch of a foundation named in honor of Heyer.

“I want people to know Heather never marched alone,” Bro said. “She was always joined by people from every race and every background in this country.” In that spirit, Bro said, MTV decided to honor all six of the videos nominated for the new category of best fight against the system.

One of the most anticipated moments of the show was perhaps the premiere of Tyler Swift’s music video for her new single “Look What You Made Me Do”.

 

The iconic ‘Moonman’ trophy is now a ‘Moon person’ trophy. “Why should it be a man?” MTV president Chris McCarthy told the New York Times. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.” That type of sentiment was shared by Pink, who accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

 

Pink also performed a mix of some of her songs, as well as her new single ‘What About Us’. She closed her performance with a diverse group of backup dancers and held their raised hands in triumph.

During her acceptance speech, as an inspirational speech, she told the story of her six-year old daughter who once felt unattractive because she thought she looked like a boy. She used it to discuss androgynous artists who have found success, her inclusive. “Baby girl we don’t change, we take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl,” Pink said. “And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty. To all the artists here, I am so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being your true selves.”

 

The speech was one of the highlights of the night, which was followed by Jared Leto’s tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. Leto also offered another emotional moment when Alessia Cara, Khalid and several suicide attempt survivors joined him in a performance of the suicide prevention track “1-800-273-8255,” which brought tears to many who were in attendance.

 

Here’s a list of some of the award winners:

 

 

Best Pop Video

Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” – WINNER

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”

Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

Best Dance Video

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”

Calvin Harris – “My Way”

Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”

Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” – WINNER

Best Collaboration Video

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” – WINNER

Best Hip Hop Video

Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” – WINNER

Big Sean – “Bounce Back”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”

Best New Artist

Julia Michaels

Khalid – WINNER

Kodak Black

Noah Cyrus

SZA

Young M.A

Song of Summer

Camila Cabello Feat. Quavo – “OMG”

Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, Feat. Justin Bieber – “Despacito (Remix)”

DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Fifth Harmony Feat. Gucci Mane – “Down” Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”

Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”

Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3” – WINNER

Video of the Year

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” – WINNER

The Weeknd – “Reminder”

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande

Bruno Mars

Kendrick Lamar

Lorde

Ed Sheeran – WINNER

The Weeknd

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” – WINNER

The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” – WINNER

Big Sean – “Light” – WINNER

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” – WINNER

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” – WINNER

John Legend – “Surefire” – WINNER

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