The MTV Video Music Awards always been an award show for music lovers and those who love a good shock value (in a good way). This year's VMAs was nothing short of that. Between the speeches, guest appearances, and Katy Perry as the host, the 2017 VMAs was the most unfiltered and political in recent years.
Kendrick Lamar opened the show with a fire-filled performance of his songs "DNA" and "Humble", while Ed Sheeran calmed things down with a performance with Lil' Uzi Vert. Paris Jackson soon came to the stage to announce the winner for Best Pop Video (which turned out to be Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane for "Down"), but before she did that, she called out the neo-nazis and people who discriminate and encouraged others to stand up for human rights.
Taylor Swift released her new video "Look What You Made Me Do", the video pokes fun and the different rumors about Taylor and her personality, including her infamous VMA moment with Kanye West at the 2009 VMAs.
Fifth Harmony performs "Angel" and "Down" with Gucci Mane and got wet for their finale, but viewers noticed some shade being thrown when a dancer dressed in their opening outfit fell off stage as they took their hoodies off. Many believe it was a jab at Camila Cabello, who left the group in December of last year. Soon after a tribute to Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington was led by Jared Leto who described Chester as "ferocious and delicate".
Miley Cyrus brought out the retro 1950's vibe during her performance, and Cardi B, who performed at the pre-show, almost let one of her "girls" fall out when announcing Demi Lovato to the stage.
Pink performed in honor of her Video Vanguard Award. Presented by Ellen Degeneres, Pink used her acceptance speech to speak on acceptance and self-esteem. Using an experience with her daughter as an example, Pink encouraged the audience to be themselves and bring their self-esteem to the highest potential.
On the note of self-esteem, rapper Logic and singers Alessia Cara and Khalid performed a song with suicide attempt survivors in order bring awareness to mental health. Soon after a Pastor brought out the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed while protesting in Charlottesville. Heyer's mother also announced the foundation named after her daughter.
The show ended with Kendrick Lamar taking home Video of the Year for "Humble" and Katy Perry, who also served as the host, performing her single with Nicki Minaj, Swish, with a basketball themed set and dancers who vogued it out.
Check out the list of winners and performances below and you can relive the VMAs moments at MTV's Official Website!
(Winners and Performers)
Kendrick Lamar-Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Art Direction, Best Direction, Best Visual Effects
Wyclef Jean-Best Editing
Fifth Harmony-Best Pop Video
Twenty One Pilots-Best Rock
Kanye West-Best Choreography
Julia Michaels (performs)
Shawn Mendes (performs)
Taylor Swift and Zayn-Best Collaboration
Zedd and Alessia Cara-Best Dance
Pink (performed, Video Vanguard recipient)
Ed Sheeran-Artist of the Year
Alessia Cara (performed)
Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid (performed in honor of those suffering from mental health. Was joined on stage with suicide attempt survivors)
Khalid-Best New Artist
Thirty Seconds to Mars (performed, heat sensor performance with Travis Scott)
Rod Stewart and DNCE (performed)
Lil' Uzi Vert- Song of Summer
All nominees were honored for "Best Fight Against the System