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BOL­LY­WOOD Here’s what hap­pened at the 2017 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards on Sun­day MU­SIC TELE­VI­SION HOL­LY­WOOD

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What does one ex­pect from a big mu­sic awards night? The best of tal­ent mak­ing it to the stage ei­ther to ac­cept their win­ning tro­phy or to give one hel­luva live per­for­mance. The MTV Video Mu­sic Awards (VMAs) in In­gle­wood Cal­i­for­nia, US, on Sun­day saw that, but lacked on the wacky quo­tient that they’ve gained pop­u­lar­ity for over the years.

Among win­ners, rap­per Ken­drick La­mar, who kicked off the show with a med­ley fea­tur­ing dancers in flames, took home six stat­uettes, in­clud­ing the top award for Video of the Year and Best Hip Hop Video, for Hum­ble. Bri­tish singer-song­writer Ed Sheeran was voted Artist of the Year.

But, it was singer Tay­lor Swift who dom­i­nated the show in ab­sen­tia, as she took on her critics in the world pre­miere of the video for her first solo sin­gle in three years, Look What You Made Me Do. The mu­sic video gar­nered more than 4,70,000 views on YouTube within an hour of its pre­miere.

Other high­lights in­cluded life­time achieve­ment hon­oree, singer Pink’s mov­ing speech about self-ex­pres­sion and beauty. And also, ac­tor and lead singer of the band 30 Sec­onds to Mars, Jared Leto’s words, as he re­mem­bered the late Chris Cor­nell, for­mer lead singer of Soundgar­den, and the late Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton, for­mer lead singer of Linkin Park. Leto called Ben­ning­ton a close friend who showed him that it was pos­si­ble to pur­sue one’s dreams and still be kind and car­ing. He also urged any­one con­tem­plat­ing sui­cide to get help.

Host­ing this year’s VMAs was Swift’s long-time ri­val, singer Katy Perry, who also con­cluded the three-hour gala with a per­for­mance on Swish Swish with rap­per Nicki Mi­naj. Her ef­forts as a host, how­ever, didn’t get her praise.

Ke­sha in­tro­duced a per­for­mance by Logic, Khalid, and Alessia Cara (L-R) Dinah Jane, Nor­mani Kordei, Lau­ren Jau­regui and Ally Brooke of Fifth Har­mony dur­ing their pow­er­ful per­for­mance

Mi­ley Cyrus per­formed her re­cent sin­gle, Younger Now Pink ac­cepts the Michael Jack­son Video Van­guard Award

Above: Katy Perry and DJ Khaled with his son Asahd; Be­low: Lu­dacris and Olivia Munn

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