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The 2017 Annual Video Music Awards: The Most Anticipated Night in Pop Culture has Arrived and Never Disappoints

Jacqueline Gorr

Scene Editor

The MTV video music awards took place at the The Forum arena in Los Angeles California on Sunday, August 27, 2017. The MTV Video Music Awards are always known for iconic moments that are never forgotten. Some of those moments would include Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy, Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus dancing with Robin Thicke. This year didn’t fail to be any less iconic by starting off with two performances from Kendrick Lamar performing his hits “DNA” and “Humble” and Ed Sheeran performing “Shape of You.”

Katy Perry as the Moon Woman. Photo credit: tvline.com

After the crowd was energized from the performances, host Katy Perry came out in flying in a space suit. When you receive a VMA award, the award is called a moon man. Since Perry is into women’s rights, the award was called a moon woman this year. The night included more performances from Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Pink and Katy Perry.

A performance that stood out was by Logic when he sang his song “1-800-273-8255.” That song title is the number for the suicide hotline and toward the end of the performance, 50 attempt survivors and loss survivors from the Los Angeles area took the stage wearing shirts with the message “you are not alone.” The rapper ended the performance thanking MTV for a platform to discuss mental health. Jared Leto made a tribute to Chester Bennington talking about how great of an artist he was and ended it with a note of encouragement to viewers who is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts.

Pink was the recipient for Michael Jackson’s Video Vanguard Award after performing a medley of her popular hits. Ellen DeGeneres presented the award to the singer and she had a message for her daughter. The singer exclaimed, “baby girl, we don’t change, we take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl and we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.” The reason she talked about that is because her daughter expressed to her that she felt like she wasn’t pretty and different than other girls. Other big winners of the night included Kendrick Lamar for video of the year for his song “Humble,” Ed Sheeran for artist of the year and Zayn and Taylor Swift for best collaboration for their song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”

This year’s VMAs had moments that will live on for years to come. The overall theme was about mental health, race and sexual orientation in the hopes of bringing awareness to the viewers watching.