The MTV Video Music Awards always bring conversation and controversy. Aside from a pretty solid list of performers and appearances, millions of people tune into the show to see who wore what, who said what, and who threw shade at who. This year, there were a lot of moments that stick out in our minds. Artists and celebs came with an agenda and for the most part, they delivered. The political messages were strong as we heard from a relative of Robert E. Lee and Heather Heyer’s mom, Susan Bro. Logic addressed mental health issues and suicide with a poignant performance and Jared Leto paid emotional tribute to Chester Bennington.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the host. Katy Perry tried real hard but at the end of the day, she simply did too much. It might be time for MTV to start auditioning for new host talent because it might be a wrap for her.
Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a lit performance, literally, as he set the stage on fire. The West Coast rapper performed DNA and HUMBLE then went on to cop 6 VMA wins, which included one for Video of the Year.
Taylor Swift wasn’t in the building but she premiered a video that gave everybody something to talk about. The video was set to the tune of her new track, Look What You Made Me Do, and she slayed her presentation. The video featured a variety of past Taylor’s that addressed some modern day situations. The subliminal messaging was epic and proves that homegirl knows how to hold a grudge.
Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj were both in the building and Remy shouted her out with, “Nicki, What’s Good?” If you’re from New York City, you know exactly what that means.
Cardi B made it clear that she stands with Colin Kaepernick and even cosigned it with an, “Owww.” She performed her anthem, “Bodak Yellow” and And no, she is not engaged to Migos member Offset. #ThassaLie
Fifth (Fourth) Harmony violated their recently departed group member before their performance. They started with five girls on stage and right before the beat dropped, the mystery fifth person fell backward off the stage. That little stunt was kind of petty… we all know she left.
Lil Uzi Vert popped out on Ed Sheeren which turned into a collab performance of “XO Tour Llif3”, equipped with Uzi Vert dance moves. Thankfully, he didn’t jump into the crowd like he normally does. Wonder if they warned him about that.
PINK performed a stellar medley of her hits right before she was awarded the Video Vanguard award. She told a heartwarming story about her daughter which caused her to salute the celebs and musicians that reject gender norms and keep it real.
“So baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl.” – PINK
Teyana Taylor paid homage to Janet Jackson with a fit that was one of the best of the night. She wore a simple white tee and black pants, just as Janet did back in the 90s when she won for Best Dance Video. Teyana won the same award for ‘FADE’, which almost broke the internet when it dropped. She came through the VMAs with abs on fleek…fit on fresh.
If you missed the VMAs, it will for sure-ly be played throughout the week. Check your local listing for the replay.