La­mar wins big at VMAs, Sheeran bags artist of the year

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LOS AN­GE­LES: As Ken­drick La­mar and Ed Sheeran bagged the top hon­ors at the 2017 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards (VMAs), the cer­e­mony saw per­ti­nent is­sues such as pol­i­tics, body sham­ing and men­tal health be­ing dis­cussed. La­mar stole the show bag­ging two top hon­ours, in­clud­ing video of the year, while Sheeran took home the artist of the year tro­phy. La­mar, who led the night with eight nom­i­na­tions, was recog­nised for his track "Hum­ble", which also won in five other cat­e­gories namely, best hip-hop video, best cine­matog­ra­phy, best di­rec­tion, best art di­rec­tion and best visual ef­fects. The 30-year-old singer opened the star-stud­ded mu­si­cal night with his power-packed per­for­mance on the award-win­ning "Hum­ble" and "DNA". Singer Khalid was named the new artist of the year. "This is crazy, this is ridicu­lous," said Khalid, 19, as he ac­cepted the tro­phy. "I've got to thank the city of El Paso for stand­ing be­hind me. This isn't just for me — this is for the city," he added. Best pop video award went to Fifth Har­mony for "Down" fea­tur­ing Gucci Mane, while Twenty One Pilots won the best rock video for "Heavy­dirtysoul". Singer Pink was hon­oured with the Michael Jack­son Video Van­guard Award. She also belted hits such as "Just Give Me a Rea­son", "So What", "Per­fect" and new sin­gle "What About Us". The 37-year-old singer de­liv­ered an emo­tional speech while ac­cept­ing the award, which she ded­i­cated to her six- year-old daugh­ter, Wil­low. The pop star re­counted a story about when she re­cently drove Wil­low to school. "She said to me out of the blue, 'Mama, I'm the ugli­est girl I know'. And I said, 'Huh?' And she said, 'Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.' And my brain went to, 'Oh my God, you're six. Where is this com­ing from? Can I kick a sixyear- old's (butt)?'" Pink then went home and made her daugh­ter a Pow­erPoint pre­sen­ta­tion, which fea­tured "an­drog­y­nous rock stars" Michael Jack­son, David Bowie, Prince, An­nie Len­nox and Fred­die Mer­cury to show there are "other kinds of beauty". Mu­si­cians Ke­sha and Logic ad­dressed the is­sue of men­tal health at the VMAs. The "TikTok" singer did not per­form at the event but ap­peared at the show to make a pow­er­ful state­ment about sui­cide pre­ven­tion. She in­tro­duced Logic's per­for­mance of "1-800-273-8255," a song which gets its name from the sui­cide pre­ven­tion hot­line. An emo­tional Ke­sha said, "It has been said that if you knew who walked be­side you, you would never ex­pe­ri­ence fear and doubt again The truth is pierc­ing and the truth is what mat­ters. The truth is none of us are alone." Logic was joined by sui­cide at­tempt sur­vivors and singers Khalid and Alessia Cara, who bagged the award for best dance video ('Stay'). The singer crooned the lyrics: "I don't wanna be alive/I just wanna die to­day" and "I want you to be alive/You don't got to die to­day". After de­liv­er­ing a tear-jerk­ing yet em­pow­er­ing per­for­mance, Logic said, "I don't give a damn if you're black white or any­thing in be­tween. We're all born equal, but we're treated un­equal." The host for the evening, singer Katy Perry re­marked how the world to­day seems eer­ily sim­i­lar to the dystopian drama "The Hand­maid's Tale". The "Chained To The Rhythm" hit­maker also made a ref­er­ence to the last year's US Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tions, adding that view­ers should vote so a "Rus­sian" artist would not win.

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