MTV Video Music Awards: Lorde misses out, Kendrick Lamar takes home the spacemen
The Video Music Awards are nothing if not eclectic. With interpretive dance, politics and trendy cultural references, MTV has delivered.
Lorde missed out on the big VMA spaceman, with Ed Sheeran taking out Artist of the Year, but she still stole the show. Her unusual performance of Homemade Dynamite left many viewers dumbfounded as the singer decided not to sing. She instead delivered an interpretive dance, without warning.
Lorde tweeted before the show saying she was seriously unwell with the flu, but added the show must go on.
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the violence earlier this month in Charlottesville, US, presented the award for Best Fight Against the System track, created this year to recognise music videos that embody activism and social justice.
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For the inaugural award, all nominees received recognition for their efforts in combating issues such as racism and discrimination in the US.
Kendrick Lamar opened the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with an explosive performance featuring his sharp raps and ninjas dancing near fire.
The rapper performed the hits Humble and DNA at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Lamar proved to be the big winner of the day, taking home six awards. His song Humble won awards for cinematography, direction and effects. It also won Best Hip Hop.
Despacito, which was snubbed in the video of the year category, lost the only award it was nominated for: song of summer. Rapper's Liz Uzi Vert's Top 10 hit, XO Tour Life, won the prize.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 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't submit the video, while the record label said they weren't asked to send in the clip.
Taylor Swift wasn't nominated for an award, but she provided one of the biggest moments of the night. The pop star, who made headlines all week as she teased her new single, debuted a music video at the show. She dropped the juicy song, Look What You Made Me Do, on Friday, causing a stir online as fans and others deciphered the lyrics, with many interpreting it as a diss toward Kanye West.
Swift's video ended with the star talking to her former versions of herself, in reference to the line: "The old Taylor is dead." The video starts with Swift emerging out of a grace, before shifting to more glamorous looks from old music video sets.
Rod Stewart sung a reworked version of his hit Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? remotely from Las Vegas with pop band DNCE; Demi Lovato will also perform remotely from Vegas.
MTV eliminated gender categories such as best male and female video at this year's VMAs, and announced the artist of the year award. Nominees included Lamar, Mars, Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Lorde and the Weekend.
Video of the Year: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Song of Summer: Lil Uzi Vert - XO Tour Llif3.
Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran
Best New Artist: Khalid
Best Collaboration: Zayn & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker).
Best Pop: Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane - Down
Best Hip Hop: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Best Dance: Zedd and Alessia Cara - Stay
Best Rock:Twenty One Pilots - Heavydirtysoul.
Best Fight Against the System winners:
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson - Black SpiderMan for race and LGBTQ.
The Hamilton Mixtape - Immigrants, We Get the Job Done for immigration
Big Sean - Light for race.
Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful for body image.
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley - Stand Up / Stand N Rock.
John Legend - Surefire for immigration and diversity.
Best Cinematography: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Best Direction: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Best Art Direction: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Best Visual Effects: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Best Choreography: Kanye West - Fade.
Best Editing: Young Thug - Wyclef Jean.
- Stuff and AP