The 2017 Video Music Awards were filled with compelling fashion, a strong political message, the expected nip-slip, and of course music!
When I watch an award show, I separate my experience into compartments. After all, there’s so much that happens at these shows. So I’m gonna break it down for you.
The awards were hosted by the beautiful Katy Perry, who is no doubt making her come back. She descended into the VMAs wearing a full fledged “Moon Man” suit and rocking her blonde pixie cut.
Perry stated how with all of the crazy things going on in our world, music will bring us together. And that sentiment was a recurring theme throughout the night along with other messages such as self love, equality, and supporting one another.
Paris Jackson (Michael Jackson’s daughter) presented an award, but before she could give the honor she said, “We have zero tolerance for their violence, hatred, and discrimination” referring to white supremacists.
Alessia Cara performed her hit single “Scars to Your Beautiful”. She started off in a glamorous red dress, a black bob wig, and bold red lips. While she performed the song, she gradually removed layers of hair and makeup leaving herself with bare skin, natural curly hair and dressed in all black. I love the message of her performance because she was really vulnerable and showed young girls everywhere that it’s okay to just come as you are.
Later on Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid gave a powerful performance about the issue of mental health and suicide. They performed “1-800-274-8255” surrounded by tons of suicide attempt survivors on stage. The title of the song is the suicide hotline number which was projected all across the stage. After the performance, Logic gave a powerful speech on how important it is for us to fight for equality for everyone.
On a lighter note, the VMAs are not complete without a possible nip-slip. This year was courtesy of the “Bodak Yellow” queen, Cardi B. Cardi B was presenting a performer when the sleeve of her dress started slowly sliding down. Thankfully she realized what was going on and covered herself before it was too late. Good call Cardi B.
Of course the VMAs are all about the music. Kendrick Lamar lit up the stage (literally) with a performance of “DNA” and “Humble”. Fifth Harmony started their performance with a diss to their former member Camila Cabello. Lorde decided to dance to her song instead of actually singing it. This was an interesting choice, but I personally think she should just stick to singing.
Some of the big awards that were given out were:
Best Pop Video – Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane “Down”
Best Hip Hop Video – Kendrick Lamar “Humble”
Artist of the Year – Ed Sheeran
Video of the Year – Kendrick Lamar “Humble”
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – Pink
Pink performed a mashup of her greatest hits and it gave me so much life! She dedicated her award to her daughter letting her know that she is beautiful.
Overall, I think this year’s VMAs were actually really good. In the past, the award show has either been a hit or miss. This year had great performances, a great message, and an inspirational energy.