2017 VMAs Wrap-up: Who Won and Everything in Between

This year’s show also included political engagement, messages of hope and a tribute to Chester Bennington

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Pink Performing at MTV VMAs (Image Source: huffingtonpost)

The MTV Video Music Awards are done and dusted for another year and though a few things happened, I’ll try to keep it brief.

Katy Perry hosted, made some jokes and performed in some rather odd, satirical skits.

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Katy Perry Arriving at MTV VMAs (Image Source: huffingtonpost)

Thirty minutes in, Taylor Swift’s new music video for ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ premiered and included graveyard zombies and Swift sitting on a golden throne, bathing in diamonds and swinging in a cage, while former incarnations of herself desperately attempt to reach her ‘new self’.

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Still from Taylor Swift music video (Image Source: usmagazine)

There were additional performances from Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, 30 Seconds to Mars, Pink— who later received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres.

This year’s winners are listed below.

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Kendrick Lamar MTV VMAs (Image Source: mtv.com)

VIDEO Of THE YEAR: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Ed Sheeran

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®): Khalid

BEST COLLABORATION: Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

BEST POP: Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, “Down

BEST HIP HOP: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

BEST DANCE: Zedd and Alessia Cara, “Stay

BEST ROCK: Twenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM: All nominees won

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Cinematographer: Scott Cunningham)

BEST DIRECTION: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)

BEST ART DIRECTION: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Kanye West, “Fade” (Choreographers: Teyana Taylor & Guapo)

BEST EDITING: Young Thug, “Wyclef Jean” (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)

To see the full list of nominees, click here.

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Rowena Nagy is a graduate of The University of Tasmania and has over three years of experience as a writer and journalist and brings that knowledge and skill to all tasks she approaches. She has also worked in radio, co-hosting and co-producing a news and current affairs program during her Bachelor of Arts Degree and received a second-class lower division score for her Honours thesis on celebrity, media, and privacy. Rowena aims to gain experience in all areas of media and has high career aspirations.