American rapper Kendrick Lamar triumphed at the awards mtv Video Music Awards (VMA), which were held at the Los Angeles Forum, by winning five statuettes, including the coveted award for best clip of the year for his song “Humble”.
Lamar, on the rise thanks to his latest album, also won the awards for best special effects, best artistic direction, best direction and best hip-hop video, all for “Humble.”
He only needed one icing to finish off an ideal night since the British Ed Sheeran snatched the award for 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 acceptance speech 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 won best dance video for “Stay.”
Likewise, Fifth Harmony and Gucci Mane won the 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” in charge 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 worldwide music success that broke the record for visits on YouTube for a video of any kind.
Beyond the recognition of the achievements of the music clips, the VMAs are above all a great celebration of the show 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 introducing one of his dancers into flames in one of the most impressive presentations of the evening.
Joined by children and seniors, Miley Cyrus performed the song “Younger Now” while Latin artist Demi Lovato and legend Rod Stewart performed live from Las Vegas.
The peculiar note was put by Lorde, who had announced on social networks that he had the flu and that for that reason he did not sing his song “Homemade Dynamite” but showed a “playback” version while he danced throughout the song.
Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, with a show inspired by the iconography of basketball, Ed Sheeran and Thirty Seconds To Mars were other stars who strolled through the awards.
Perry was precisely the master of ceremonies of the VMAs. The singer appeared floating as if she were an astronaut and throughout the night she released several criticisms, not totally explicit, directed at the US president, Donald Trump.
“Even in the apocalypse, we need a good soundtrack,” Perry said hopefully shortly before the gala began.
The one who was much more direct when it came to reflecting on the delicate political situation in the country was Paris Jackson, who advocated showing “the Nazi assholes and white supremacists” that there is no place in the United States for “their violence, their hatred and their discrimination.
The most exciting moment of the night was played 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 killed while protesting racism. I miss her but I know she’s here today,” Bro said.
There were also moments of remembrance for those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey and for the late singers Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden).
In addition, the singer Pink, who performed several of her most popular songs on stage, received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award as a tribute to her professional career from television presenter Ellen DeGeneres.
In her acceptance speech, Pink recounted that one day her daughter told her that she felt very ugly and like a boy, so the artist showed her images of androgynous singers like Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.
In this sense, Pink advocated today that everyone see that there are “more types of beauty” apart from traditional stereotypes.
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