Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards were about performances and powerful words.

Kendrick Lamar kicked off the show with a mini-medley of his songs. The fiery set included a man totally engulfed in flames. Lamar went into the evening with eight nominations, followed by Katy Perry and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each.
Perry, who also served as the night’s host, started with a video sketch about space travel that featured astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Peggy Whitson. The singer joked about the state of the world.
“Even in the apocalypse we deserve the best soundtrack,” she said, then introduced Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, to present the award for best pop video.
Jackson made a statement before announcing the winner.
“Let’s leave here tonight remembering that we must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with ‘liberty’ as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination,” she said. “We must resist.”
The best pop video award went to Fifth Harmony for “Down.”
Jackson’s remarks were just part of the political tone of the night.
Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a 24-year-old pastor and a descendent Confederate general Robert E. Lee, appeared to speak out against racial injustice.
“We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate,” Lee said. “As a pastor it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.”
He called on “all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on.”
Lee then introduced Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville while marching as a counter-protestor against a white supremacist rally seeking to stop the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee.
Bro spoke of missing her daughter and announced the launch of a foundation named in honor of Heyer.
“I want people to know Heather never marched alone,” Bro said. “She was always joined by people from every race and every background in this country.”
In that spirit, Bro said, MTV decided to honor all six of the videos nominated for the new category of best fight against the system.
Perhaps the most anticipated moment of the show arrived with the premiere of Taylor Swift’s music video for her new single “Look What You Made Me Do.”
The video was a much darker look for Swift, who appeared in it as different versions of herself, including as a zombie with snakes.
It made for some unexpected, super-pretty beauty looks.
Yara Shahidi. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Yara Shahidi. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

The MTV VMAs often make for an eclectic, fun (and sure, sometimes weird) red carpet. The 2017 edition was fairly tame compared with what we’ve seen in years past, but that meant there was more time to appreciate the details — like, for example, the super-pretty makeup looks.

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The major beauty trend of the evening was simple: Find a dress in an unexpected hue, like lavender or mustard-y gold, and then match your eye makeup to it.

The first to get in on this was Lorde, who showed up looking great in a voluminous, feather-covered Monique Lhuillier gown — her stylist Karla Welch really knows her stuff — with a pleasantly laid-back half-up ponytail styled by Cameron Rains that was casual and rumpled enough to perfectly offset the fancy dress. While most of her makeup (by Amber Dreadon) was of the no-makeup persuasion, Lorde’s brows were as prominent as ever, topping off a hazy wash of pinkish-lavender eye shadow that mimicked the shade of her dress.

Lorde. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Lorde. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Yara Shahidi went in a similar direction, matching her gold-and-black Zimmermann gown to her gold-and-black smoky eye, courtesy of makeup artist Emily Cheng. It’s worth noting that the actress wore a stellar ponytail — slick in the front, with a deep side part, and brushed-out, voluminous curls in back — by hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson.

Yara Shahidi. Photo: 

Yara Shahidi. Photo:

Vanessa Hudgens also went matchy-matchy, pairing her red Yanina Couture dress with a red, rhinestone-encrusted cat eye. Makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who was behind the look, revealed on Instagram that he used Christian Louboutin Luminous Ink Liner in Rouge Louboutin Vibrant Red topped with red Swarovski crystals.

Vanessa Hudgens. Photo: @chadwoodhair/Instagram

Vanessa Hudgens. Photo: @chadwoodhair/Instagram

Paris Jackson’s moment on the MTV Video Music Awards stage was “yuuuge.”

The model and actress made dad Michael Jackson proud at the ceremony on Sunday night, when she issued a strong message in response to the violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

Before announcing the winner for the Best Pop Video at the ceremony on Sunday night, Jackson mocked President Donald Trump by turning some of his favorite catchphrases against him. She then addressed the “Nazi white supremacist jerks” watching at home in a fiery, seemingly impromptu speech.

“We must show these Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with liberty as our slogan we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination,” Jackson told the audience. “We must resist.”

Fifth Harmony went on to win the award, which made the moment even more perfect.

Watch Jackson’s speech below.

Jackson wore this look the same year she also won the Best Choreography award.

Teyana Taylor knows how to make an entrance!

She slayed the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards where her black and white ensemble paid homage to Janet Jackson. Taylor’s white crop top, black pants and short bob — accessorized with her insane abs — resembled the outfit that Jackson wore at the 1995  MTV VMAs.

And the outfits are not the only thing the two have in common. Janet Jackson won the 1995 VMA for Best Choreography In A Video for her “Scream” video with her brother Michael Jackson. Taylor won that same award this year for her choreography and dancing in Kanye West’s “Fade” video.

This is not the first time Taylor has shown her love for the Rhythm Nation queen. In 2012, she recreated Janet’s iconic topless Rolling Stone cover from 1993.

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There is no better compliment than imitation, especially when you are both winning.

It’s the night when celebrites ditch the decorum of most buttoned-up events and get to show off the rockstars they are. This year was no exception. Here’s at all the looks we loved from the 2017 MTV VMAs…

Here’s a list of some of the night’s winners:

Best Pop Video

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

Best Dance Video

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” – WINNER

Best Collaboration Video

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” – WINNER

Best Hip Hop Video

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

Best New Artist

Julia Michaels
Khalid – WINNER
Kodak Black
Noah Cyrus
Young M.A

Song of Summer

Camila Cabello Feat. Quavo – “OMG”
Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, Feat. Justin Bieber – “Despacito (Remix)”
DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Fifth Harmony Feat. Gucci Mane – “Down” Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”
Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3” – WINNER

Video of the Year

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

Artist of the Year

Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran – WINNER
The Weeknd

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” – WINNER
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” – WINNER
Big Sean – “Light” – WINNER
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” – WINNER
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” – WINNER
John Legend – “Surefire” – WINNER

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