MTV Video Music Awards 2017: Winners

The VMA ceremony went down on Sunday night, in what many are calling a huge let-down. The awards show is usually known for its outrageous performances and exciting moments: think Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance in 2013.

The mother of Heather Heyer – who died recently when a car crashed into demonstrators in Charlottesville – presented an award. Still, while there were a few politically noteworthy moments, overall the 2017 VMAs was devoid of any of the big drama it’s become known for.

The show was hosted by Katy Perry, whose performance Vox has called “clunky and strange”, “like an enthusiastic mom trying to spice up a school talent show.”

Perry was also overshadowed by the many rumours that her rival, Taylor Swift, would show up for a surprise performance of her new single. Swift, however, was a no-show.

The night included performances by Kendrick Lamar, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Lorde, who lip synced because she had such bad flu. While it was originally announced that The Weeknd would be performing, he was also a no-show, with no explanation yet given.

Check out some of the big winners below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Ed Sheeran
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde

SONG OF THE SUMMER
WINNER: Lil Uzi Vert, “XO TOUR Llif3”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito (Remix)”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, “Down”
Camila Cabello ft. Quavo, “OMG”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Demi Lovato, “Sorry Not Sorry”
Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

BEST POP
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
WINNER: Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”

BEST HIP HOP
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

BEST ROCK
WINNER: Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run”

Image: Katy Perry MTV Flag [online image] (2017) sourced on 28 August 2017 from http://img.usmagazine.com/480-width/katy-perry-mtv-flag-zoom-4049f6eb-b833-4e2c-aa16-d0e6786afdb2.jpg.