MTV’s annual Video Music Awards (VMAs) have been hitting the crapper over the last few years, but there are always a handful of artists who give spectacular performances. If Katy Perry’s cringeworthy hosting made you cringe, let Logic, P!nk, and Kendrick Lamar make up for it.
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
To say that Logic has had a good year is an understatement; Logic has had a great year. He released his conceptual album “ΞVERYBODY” in May and it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. He’s been touring in support of the album and even made an appearance on Rick and Morty. The rapper performed his single “1-800-273-8255” which borrows from the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States. Logic ends his 2017 VMA performance with a message: “Everyone is born in equal but we are not treated equally, and that is why we must fight.”
“Get The Party Started,” “Raise Your Glass,” “So What,” “Just Give Me a Reason,” “Perfect,” “What About Us,” “Don’t Let Me Get Me,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – P!nk
After joining the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles, Madonna, and Beyoncé as a recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, singer-songwriter P!nk performed a medley of her hits at this year’s VMAs. The medley features contemporary dance numbers and is a reminder why she deserves the award in the first place. Apart from her true-to-life songwriting and hard-hitting vocals, P!nk has always stood up for individuality. During her speech, she spoke of a conversation with her daughter Willow about the beauty in androgyny and self-esteem. We think she also deserves a “Mother of the Year” award.
“DNA”, “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 VMAs night was fire—literally. He collected six out of eight awards including the prized Video of the Year moonman for “HUMBLE.” His performance was powerful (as always, check him out at the 2016 Grammys), an earworm, and a visual treat. On top of the live instruments incorporated with “DNA” and “HUMBLE.”, he got a few of his pyro friends walking up and down steel bars on fire. No one does it like Kung Fu Kenny, for real.
At this point, I don’t think we actually watch award shows for the awards anymore. It’s transformed into a space for these handpicked artists to spread their advocacy to a wider audience because they know these people will listen. Kudos to all of them!