The American rapper Kendrick lamar triumphed today at the awards MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), which were held at the Los Angeles Forum, taking home five statuettes, including the coveted award for best clip of the year for their song “HUMBLE.”
Lamar, on an unstoppable rise thanks to his latest album “DAMN.” (2017), also won the awards for the best special effects, the best artistic direction, the best direction and the best hip-hop video, all for “HUMBLE.”.
He just lacked a cherry to finish off an ideal night since the British Ed Sheeran snatched the award for the best artist of the year, one of the novelties of this edition, because for the first time the VMA awards did not separate men and women in two different categories.
In his speech of thanks when scoring the award for the best clip of the year, Lamar stressed that he would be nothing without his team.
On the other hand, Khalid won the award for best new artist, Zayn and Taylor Swift won the award for best collaboration for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”, Kanye West won the award for best choreography for “Fade”, and Zedd and Alessia Cara prevailed in the category of best dance video with “Stay.”
In addition, Fifth Harmony and Gucci Mane Won VMA for Best Pop Video for “Down”, while Lil Uzi Vert took the award for best song of the summer for “XO Tour Llif3” by defeating the remix of “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.
This defeat of “Despacito” comes after there was some controversy on social networks due to its absence in the queen categories of the VMA awards when it comes to a global music success that broke the record of visits on YouTube for a video of any kind.
Beyond the recognition of the achievements of the musical clips, the VMAs are above all a great party of the spectacle and, as such, it was the place chosen by Taylor Swift to premiere the video for her new single “Look What You Made. I Do ”.
The gala began with Kendrick Lamar literally setting the stage on fire by setting one of his dancers on fire in one of the most impressive performances of the evening.
Accompanied by children and the elderly, Miley Cyrus performed the song “Younger Now”, while Latino artist Demi Lovato and legend Rod Stewart performed live from Las Vegas.
The peculiar note was put by Lorde, who on social networks had announced that he had the flu and that for that reason he did not sing his song “Homemade Dynamite” but showed a version in “playback” while he was dedicated to dancing throughout the song.
Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, with a show inspired by basketball iconography, Ed Sheeran and Thirty Seconds To Mars were other stars who walked through the awards.
Perry was precisely the master of ceremonies for the VMAs. The singer appeared floating like an astronaut and throughout the night he released several criticisms, not totally explicit, directed at the president of the United States, Donald Trump..
“Even in the apocalypse, we need a good soundtrack,” Perry said hopefully shortly before the gala began.
Who was much more direct when reflecting on the delicate political situation in the country was Paris Jackson, who advocated showing “the Nazi and white supremacist assholes” that in the United States there is no place for “their violence, their hatred and their discrimination ”.
The most exciting moment of the night was starred by Susan Bro, the mother of the young anti-fascist who was murdered two weeks ago in Charlottesville (Virginia) when a neo-Nazi rammed his car into a crowd of people protesting in front of a white supremacist demonstration. .
“Just a fortnight ago my daughter Heather (Heyer) was murdered while protesting against racism. I miss her but I know she’s here todayBro stated.
There were also moments of remembrance for those affected in Texas by Hurricane Harvey and for the late singers Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden).
In addition, singer Pink, who performed several of her most popular songs on stage, received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award as a tribute to her career from television host Ellen DeGeneres..
- Photos: 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet
In her thank you speech, Pink said that one day her daughter told her that she felt very ugly and like she was a boy, so the artist showed her images of androgynous singers such as Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
In this sense, Pink advocated today for everyone to see that there are “more types of beauty” apart from traditional stereotypes.
BY: David Villafranca
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Winners and best moments of the MTV Video Music Awards 2017