This year’s Video Music Awards (VMAs), like every other VMA show, was nothing like the ones preceding it. This year had its ups, downs, awkward moments, but also had some really dynamic and energizing performances.
The night kicked off with its VMA Pre-Show hosted by Charlamagne Tha God, Terrance J, Gaby Wilson, and Lil Yachty. Here, we got first looks at the red carpet wear of our most fabulous and favorite celebrities in real time as they arrived to the show. We also got to see Cardi B perform as she ripped one of the most popular summer hits, “Bodak Yellow.” Within this segment, Teyana Taylor was awarded the first award for the night. She won Best Choreography for her performance in Kanye West’s music video “Fade.” Lil Uzi Vert was also awarded for Song of the Summer with “XO Tour Lilf3.” This hour-long pre-show ended with a performance by Khalid singing his hit, “Location” and newest single, “Young, Dumb, and Broke.”
Once the pre-show ended, we moved into the main event, the actual award show. The three hour-long show began with a LIT (literally) performance by Kendrick Lamar. He performed two of his most popular songs from his newest album Damn., “Loyalty” and “DNA.” Then Ed Sheeran sang “Shape of Your Body” and covered Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.”
Following the incredible opening performance, Katy Perry had her opening act as this year’s host. And it was everything we knew it to be, awkward and weirdly uncomfortable. You know how you have those people who try so hard to be “IT” or to be popular? That’s the vibe I was getting from Ms. Perry. It just seemed very forced, like she was trying to live up to other’s standards instead of making her own.
Moving on, the night was filled with TONS of performances as expected. My FAVORITE of the night definitely has to be Fifth Harmony singing “Down” ft. Gucci Mane. I think it was my favorite because the beginning was so shady toward their former member, Camilla. Even with the shade thrown, the performance was still high in liveliness and the girls looked great!! Lorde, also gave us an interesting performance. Following the release of her new album, she performed “Homemade Dynamite,” except…she didn’t actually sing. Sis, didn’t even lip sync. Lorde gave us an interpretive DANCE. Although it was really weird to watch her prance and dance around stage like a crazy person, I still felt her excitement and emotional connection with the song. So, yay for her. It didn’t just stop there. The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award was given to P!NK who was more than deserving of such an honor. During her performance, the elementary/middle school me was literally doing backflips! She tore the stage up, as we all knew she would. The night ended with a performance by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj in “Swish, Swish.” Although she may not be a good host, Katy is a good performer and this performance lived up to being the closing act with its choreography, set, and theatrics. There were also performances by Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato, Logic, DNCE, and soooo many others.
Minus the awkward moments orchestrated by Katy Perry, the show wasn’t that bad. Everyone who was awarded really did deserved the awards. There weren’t any mishaps like previous years *Kanye Shrugs*. Overall the show was OK and I did enjoy it. Did you?
From one millennial to another,
BEST POP – Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane “Down”
BEST DANCE – Zedd and Alessia Cara “Stay”
BEST COLLABORATION – Zayn & Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
BEST HIP HOP – Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Ed Sheeran
BEST NEW ARTIST – Khalid
BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Alessia Cara, “Scars to Your Beautiful”
John Legend, “Surefire”
Logic feat. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black Spiderman”
Big Sean, “Light”
Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
BEST DIRECTION – Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.,” with directors Dave Meyers and The Little Homies
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
BEST ART DIRECTION – Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Kanye West, “Fade”
SONG OF THE SUMMER – Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley, “Chained to the Rhythm
BEST EDITING – Young Thug, “Wyclef Jean”
MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD – P!NK