VMA’s 2017: Top 6 Highlights Worth Mentioning

| August 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) concluded its stint at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Sunday with Katy Perry in the hosting seat. 

For those that happened to miss the show, there wasn’t too much worth tuning in for. Aside from Miley Cyrus’ debut of “Younger Now,” P!nk’s Video Vanguard Award performance, and Kendrick Lamar as the show’s opener, there wasn’t much to miss.

In an otherwise underwhelming year, there were some highlights worth mentioning. Here’s a list of Press Pass LA’s top 6 moments worth mentioning from the 2017 VMAs:

Taylor Swift’s VMA Comeback

Swift made her epic return to music by premiering the music video for her latest single “Look What You Made Me Do” at the VMAs.

The comeback, which was three years in the making, was met with mixed reviews. Loyal Swifties admired the singer’s boldness and willingness to poke fun at herself, but the latter wasn’t pleased with the final product.

Swift’s fans pointed out clues the singer hid in her music video on Twitter, including a snake lamp that poured out tea.

P!nk’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Speech & Performance

P!nk gave an epic performance of her hit songs throughout the years as this year’s Vanguard recipient.

Ellen DeGeneres presented the singer with the Video Vanguard award. P!nk then gave a speech upon receiving it. The “So What” singer’s speech told the story of how her daughter felt that she looked like a boy, but P!nk explained to her why appearances don’t matter. 

She said, “When people make fun of me . . . do you see me growing my hair? ‘No, mama.’ Do you see me changing my body? ‘No mama.’ Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world? ‘Yes, mama.'”

Lorde’s Interpretive Dance

Lorde performed her latest hit “Homemade Dynamite” in an unusual way. Instead of showing the world her vocal abilities, she decided to perform the entire song with a quirky bizarre dance.

Her performance left audience members and Twitter users confused. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine tweeted his frustration with Lorde’s performance, saying, “Julia Michaels gets cut off while she’s singing and Lorde gets to NOT sing her whole song.”

 

Jared Leto’s Tribute to Chester Bennington

Leto took the VMAs stage to pay tribute to the late Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. The singer-actor honored the man he considered to be his “friend” in an extended speech.

“I think about his wife and his six incredible children,” Leto said. “I think about his family, I think about his band, who were really his brothers. And I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever.”

Fifth Harmony Wins In More Ways Than One

Hot off the release of their highly anticipated self-titled album, Fifth Harmony earned the first award of the night for Pop Music Video for “Down.”

The girls also performed later in the evening. However, fans couldn’t help but notice that the “Work From Home” singers may have shaded Fifth Harmony alum Camila Cabello, who was not present at last night’s show.

Fifth Harmony reportedly stood on stage with an unidentified fifth member who was quickly thrown off the stage.

Katy Perry As Host

Perry took the VMA stage this year to serve as the show’s host. The “Chained to The Rythm” singer delivered cheesy jokes and subtle shade in her hosting stint.

The audience didn’t seem thoroughly impressed with Perry’s comedic venture. Bleachers singer Jack Antoff could be seen eating a banana during Perry’s intro and DeGeneres was caught on-camera making cringe-worthy faces. However, the night improved for the singer when she took the stage with Nicki Minaj to perform their collaborative effort, “Swish Swish.”

WINNER’S LIST

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ed Sheeran

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD

P!nk

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

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”

Big Sean – “Light”

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”

John Legend – “Surefire”

SONG OF SUMMER

Lil Uzi Vert — “XO Tour Llif3”

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

 

 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Cinematographer: Scott Cunningham

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Director: Dave Meyers & the little homies

BEST ART DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Production Designer: Spencer Graves

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

VFX Editor: Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Kanye West – “Fade”

Choreographers: Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Jae Blaze & Derek Watkins

BEST EDITING

Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”

Editor: Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini

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Category: Award Shows, Featured - Video, Music, Television

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