10 VMA moments that defined glory and emotions
With Kendrick Lamar taking home 6 awards and Ed Sheeran performing on hit Shape of You, 2017 Video Music Awards created history
1. Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards
2. Premiere of Taylor Swift’s video for Look What You Made Me Do, which featured the singer dressed like a zombie in one scene and surrounded by slithering snakes in another.
3. Lamar’s Humble won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and visual effects on Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California.’
4. Logic performed his inspirational song 1-800-273-8255, named after the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He was joined onstage with suicide attempt survivors as well as singers AlessiaCara (best dance video winner) and Khalid (best new artist winner). Lyrics from Logic’s song include: “I don’t wanna be alive/I just wanna die today” and “I want you to be alive/You don’t get to die today.”
5. Pink was also emotional when she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, telling the audience a story about her daughter, who was sitting in the audience with husband Carey Hart. Pink said her daughter recently told her that “I’m the ugliest girl I know … I look like a boy with long hair.”
6. Oscar winner Jared Leto paid tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July. Leto also mentioned Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in May.
7. The night also featured political moments focused on the rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 turned violent after Nazis and white nationalists opposed to the city’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with counter protesters. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a car plowed into a crowd. Heyer’s mother then entered the stage, telling the audience: “Only 15 days my ago, my daughter Heather was killed as she protested racism. I miss her but I know she’s here tonight.”
8. Swift and Zayn, who didn’t attend the show, won the best collaboration for I Don’t Wanna Live Forever. Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew, who wrote the song with Swift, accepted the award.
9. Ed Sheeran performed his hit, Shape of You, and was later joined by Lil Uzi Vert. Sheeran won artist of the year, a new award established after MTV eliminated gender categories like best male and female video.
10. Fifth Harmony, who lost a group member last year and released their first album as a foursome last week, won best pop video for Down. Ally Brooke and Dinah Jane of the group were in tears as they accepted the award alongside Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui.