Political statements and more: How the MTV VMAs really went down

Political statements and more: How the MTV VMAs really went down

By Adeoluwa Atayero

Katy Perry

Save for Kendrick Lamar‘s fiery entrance, this year’s edition of of MTV VMAs was largely a boring and lackluster affair.

And though it was a generally forgettable show, this year’s show witnessed a plethora of political statements. From the attendance of a transgender military personnel at the ceremony to Paris Jackson‘s power-packed speech about standing against ‘White Supremacists’, it was a night filled for people to air their thoughts.

Politics aside, one of the major highlights of the night was Kendrick Lamar, who was the night’s biggest winner with six awards to his credit including Video Of The Year for the visuals of ‘Humble.’

Meanwhile, she may not have been at the star-studded show, but Taylor Swift still managed to steal the show early by dropping the music video of her latest single, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’.

Check out the list of winners from the show which held in Inglewood, California.

Artist Of The Year
Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Video
Zedd and Alessia Cara – ‘Stay’

Video Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’

Best Cinematography
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’

Best Collaboration
Zayn and Taylor Swift – ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’

Best New Artist

Best Choreography
Kanye West – ‘Fade’

Best Direction
Dave Meyers and The Little Homies (Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’)

Best Art Direction
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’

Best Pop Video
Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane – ‘Down’

Best Hip Hop
Kendrick Lamar – ‘Humble’

Kendrick Lamar posing with his awards

Song of the Summer
Lil Uzi Vert – ‘XO Tour Llif3′

Best Editing
Young Thug – ‘Wyclef Jean’

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

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley – ‘Chained To the Rhythym’

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

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