Kendrick Lamar was the biggest winner of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), winning six awards and opening the show with a message of police brutality.
Fellow rapper Cardi B also touched on the issue when he called up NFL player Colin Copernicus, who was removed after protesting against racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem before matches.
“As you kneel with us, we will stand before you,” she said.
Taylor Swift failed to appear at the event, but debuted the returning music video for See what made me do it.
Her video has already been viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube.
Earlier this year, MTV announced it was abandoning traditional men’s and women’s categories instead of moving to gender-neutral awards.
The VMAs have always been a great night for pop music, but were also dominated by political statements at a fire show in Los Angeles on August 27th.
Artists spoke out against the rule of whites and demanded suicide.
Transgender military personnel are present days after President Donald Trump signed a directive banning them.
Heather Heyer’s mother was presented with an award.
Susan Bro handed out the Fight Against the System award just 15 days after Heather Heyer’s assassination during a protest against a far-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Paying tribute to her daughter, she said: “I miss him, but I know he’s here tonight.”
Susan Bro was presented on stage by the Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of the controversial Confederate General of the US Civil War.
“We made my great-grandfather an idol with white supremacy, racism and hatred,” he said.
All six nominees for the award shared the award. The Somali nominee K’naan, whose cover of a song in Hamilton paid tribute to the work of immigrants, wore a mocking “Make America Great Again” written in Arabic.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris also spoke out against the violence in Charlottesville, calling for “Nazi white rulers.”
“We as a nation with freedom as our slogan – we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and discrimination. We must resist. “
The performers mostly avoided referring directly to President Trump, but indirectly criticized his policies and events.
Host Katy Perry, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, mocked Donald Trump with the new award: “Listen, guys, this is an election in which the popular vote actually matters … so vote online, but hurry before any random Russian pop star wins!”
The musician Logic performed a powerful broadcast of his song 1-800-273-8255 (named after the American Suicide Prevention Hotline) with lyrics: “I want you to be alive / you don’t have to die today.”
He shared the scene with the survivors of the suicide attempt, wearing “You’re Not Alone” T-shirts.
Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto paid tribute to vocalists Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, who both took their lives earlier this year.