A fiery start to a politically charged night at the MTV Video Awards in Los Angeles. Before starting his high energy set, rapper Kendrick Lamar played news footage of a police brutality report. He won six awards, including best hip hop, But lost out on the award for Artist of the Year to Ed Sheeran.
Another strong message was delivered by the mother of Heather Haya. The victim killed in a fire wrecked match in Charlottesville. She used the opportunity to announce the foundation to help people fight against racism. Ending the night on a powerful note, this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, a lifetime achievement of sorts, was handed to the singer Pink.
She performed a medley of tracks while on a car that flew through the audience. It was a night dominated by stars, but there was also a political message to Donald Trump. Transgender military personnel also attended the show, after the US President signed a directive to ban them