Kendrick Lamar – Big Winner Of MTV Video Music Awards
Kendrick Lamar, winner of Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects for ‘Humble’, poses in the press room during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California – Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America.
Kendrick Lamar was the big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards, where politics took center stage.
The rapper took home six awards for track HUMBLE, including video of the year, while Ed Sheeran beat Kendrick Lamar to artist of the year at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The ceremony saw the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed protesting against a far-right rally in Charlottesville, launch a charity to promote her legacy.
Paris Jackson, the model and actress daughter of Michael Jackson, started off the night by denouncing racism and urging fans to unite against “Nazi, white supremacist jerks” in the Virginia city as well as across the US.
Six transgender soldiers and veterans attended The Forum arena after they were invited by MTV bosses in a rebuke against US President Donald Trump who has banned new transgender recruits.
Ms Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, launched the Heather Heyer Foundation to provide scholarships to help people join her daughter’s “fight against hatred”.
She was invited to the stage by the Rev Robert Wright Lee, an ancestor of Civil War general Robert E Lee whose statue was supposedly the center of the August 12 protest.
He said inspiration for combating hate could be found in the Black Lives Movement, the Women’s March and “especially Heather Heyer who died fighting for her beliefs”.
Kendrick Lamar, 30, also took home the best hip-hop award for HUMBLE, and four further gongs for those who worked behind the scenes.
Pink, 37, was handed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to celebrate her 17-year career.
She too touched on politics by praising androgynous stars who “carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us” despite facing attacks and criticism.
Sheeran, 26, thanked his fans after he was handed the artist of the year award by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who admitted he was her “personal favorite”.
Zayn and Taylor Swift, who premiered her new music video on the night, won best collaboration for their video for I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker).
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