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2017 Video Music Awards

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The 2017 VMAs proved to be successful with great performers such as Katy Perry, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar.

The 2017 VMAs proved to be successful with great performers such as Katy Perry, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar.

The 2017 VMAs proved to be successful with great performers such as Katy Perry, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar.

Olivia Temple, Staff Writer

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On Sunday, August 27th at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time), the 2017 VMA’s broadcasted live from the Forum Inglewood in California. Every major name in the industry was up for an award that night. A VMA is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium. The VMA ceremony occurs before the end of summer and held either in late August or mid-September and broadcasted live on MTV.

This year, Katy Perry hosted the event.

been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry. “Come August 27, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”

Perry won five moonmen in her past at the VMA’s. A moonman is a trophy you get when you when an award. Her last performance was in 2013 when she sang “Roar.” In addition to hosting, she will also be up for five awards, including Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects.

On Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar kicked off the VMA’s by setting everything on fire for his performance. Kendrick began on a raised stage and worked his way to ground level, where a circle of karate fighters stood around a stuntman in a flaming jumpsuit. He opened the show with an acoustic “DNA,” which led into “Humble.” Lamar has the bestselling album of the year and is leading the field with eight nominees. He won Best Cinematography, Best Hip-Hop and Video of the Year with his song “Humble.”

That night, Logic gave a memorable performance; it was a powerful message of suicide prevention.

“Logic’s performance was good and emotional,” said senior Devon Raspo.

Helping him onstage was singer Alessia Cara and Khalid. Towards the end of his performance many people filled the stage in “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” and “1-800-273-8255” t-shirts. He wanted his fans to act on the importance of equality by saying a few words at the end of his performance.

“I don’t [care] if you’re black, white or any color in between. I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight — I’m gonna fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equal and that is why we must fight. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed and sexual orientation.”

Logic’s performance helped drive a 50% spike in call volume to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the hours following the show. The performance featured 50 suicide attempt survivors and loss survivors, and one survivor broke down during the emotional performance.

Overall, the crowd cheered on every performance. There were many talented performers such as Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, The Weeknd, Katy Perry and more!

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