This year’s MTV VMA was hosted by the fabulous Katy Perry in a space-themed opening skit. With famous astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Peggy Whitson, Katy lamented about the situation of our dear Earth.
Kendrick Lamar got the party started with an exhilarating performance complete with an actual man engulfed in flames.
Paris Jackson, Micheal Jackson’s daughter, made a powerful statement before introducing the award for best pop video. She said, “Let’s leave here tonight remembering that we must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with ‘liberty’ as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination. We must resist.”
To add to the political tone of the night, Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a 24-year-old pastor and a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee also spoke about the social injustices that are occurring. He said, “We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate. As a pastor it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.”
He, in turn, introduced Susan Bro, the grieving mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in the Charlottesville march of the white supremacists seeking to stop the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee.
Bro gave a tearful but powerful message of unity. She expressed her faith to the people who have supported them, “I want people to know Heather never marched alone. She was always joined by people from every race and every background in this country.”
There was a transformation in the iconic MTV VMA trophy “Moonman” as it now called the “Moon person” to show that it symbolizes more than a man but it can also be a woman, gay, trans or a nonconformist.
Another powerful performance was also made by Pink who accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She shared the lesson she told her daughter, “And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty. To all the artists here, I am so inspired by all of you. Thank you for being your true selves.”
Jared Leto also gave tribute to recently deceased Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.
Taylor Swift brought the house down when she debuted the video of her new single “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Miley Cyrus also gave an astounding performance with her song “Younger Now.”
MTV Video Music Awards have always been ‘infamous’ for its controversial and much talked about performances.