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NEW YORK Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye popping Taylor Swift music video.
Lamar won video of the year, best hip hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and visual effects on Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Logic performed his inspirational song named after the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He was joined onstage with suicide attempt survivors as well as singers Alessia Cara (best dance video winner) and Khalid (best new artist winner). Lyrics from Logic song include: don wanna be alive/I just wanna die today and want you to be alive/You don got to die today. introduced the performance and also offered words of encouragement: long as you don give up on yourself, light will break through the darkness. 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 the ugliest girl I know I look like a boy with long hair.
are beautiful and I love you, Pink said to her daughter.
Oscar winner Jared Leto, who is also the frontman of rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, remembered Linkin Park Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July. Leto also mentioned Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in May.
think about his band, who were really his brothers and I remember his voice, Leto said of Bennington. voice will live forever. me now, you are not alone. There is always a way forward. Reach out. Share your thoughts. Do not give up, Leto added.
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 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.
The Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendent of Gen. Lee, told the audience: a pastor it is my duty to speak out against racism, America original sin. I miss her but I know she here tonight. then announced The Heather Heyer Foundation, and said the non profit will give out scholarships and more people join Heather fight against hatred. Jackson also spoke out against hatred.
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 and their hatred and their discrimination. We must resist, Michael Jackson eldest daughter said before presenting an award.
Lamar performance kicked off the three hour show hosted by a forgettable Katy Perry followed by the premiere of Swift video for What You Made Me Do, which featured the singer dressed like a zombie in one scene and surrounded by slithering snakes in another. The video for the track, rumoured to be a diss toward Kanye West, also featured Swift in a tub of diamonds, a cat mask, and a car that crashed (she was holding a Grammy). The clip ended with a dozen of Swifts in memorable outfits she worn in the past portraying how the singer felt the media has portrayed her throughout the years.
Swift and Zayn, who didn attend the show, won best collaboration for Don Wanna Live Forever. Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew, who wrote the song with Swift, accepted the award.
Ed Sheeran performed his hit, 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.
Ed Sheeran and Lil Uzi Vert Performance.
is honestly so unreal. Thank you to God and thank you to our families, Jane said.
Fifth Harmony started their performance standing on high platforms to sing then falling backward like superheroes. Then followed it with the upbeat taking a break from singing to perform some intense choreography. Later, water rained on the four girls, who dropped their microphones at the end of the performance.
Lorde, who had the flu, danced throughout the performance of Dynamite instead of singing it, wearing a tin foil half dress, pants and sneakers.
Lamar win for video of the year beat videos by Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled, the Weeknd and Cara. which was snubbed in the video of the year category, lost the only award it was nominated for: song of summer. Lil Uzi Vert Top 10 hit, Tour Life, won the prize.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee international hit is the most viewed video on YouTube and currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. MTV said Universal Music Latin Entertainment didn submit the video, while the record label said they weren asked to send in the clip.
Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes and 30 Seconds to Mars also performed. Rod Stewart, DNCE and Demi Lovato sang remotely from Las Vegas.