Posted: August 28, 2017
By Nicole Moschella, Rare.us
INGLEWOOD, Calif. —
The daughter of the late Michael Jackson took her moment in the spotlight at the MTV Video Music Awards to make a strong political statement.
On Sunday night, Paris Jackson presented at the VMAs and during her time onstage, she called out “Nazi white supremacist jerks” and rallied other young people to join her in standing up against the violence.
Before going in on the haters, Jackson mimicked President Donald Trump, assuring the audience that if everyone came together, it would be “yuuuge.”
“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 as the audience cheered. “We must resist!”
Fans on social media were quick to applaud the aspiring model on social media.
Paris Jackson is a strong black woman. #VMAS— K a r i o. (@itsKARY_) August 28, 2017
Paris Jackson going in on the Nazi's #VMAs— broadband bloods (@brookcty) August 28, 2017
Paris Jackson calling out the "nazi white supremacist jerks" #VMAs— Jacinta (@learnteachwin) August 28, 2017
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The MTV Video Music Awards were held Sunday night in California.
Here’s a complete list of the night’s winners:
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: P!nk
Video of the Year: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar
Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran
Best New Artist: Khalid
Song of Summer: “XO Tour Llif3,” Lil Uzi Vert
Best Collaboration: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” Zayn and Taylor Swift
Best Pop Video: “Down,” Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane
Best Hip Hop Video: "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar
Best Dance Video: “Stay,” Zedd and Alessia Cara
Best Rock Video: "Heavydirtysoul," Twenty One Pilots
Best Fight Against the System: “Black SpiderMan,” Logic Feat. Damian Lemar Hudson; “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done),” The Hamilton Mixtape; “Light,” Big Sean; “Scars To Your Beautiful,” Alessia Cara; “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL,” Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley; “Surefire,” John Legend
Best Cinematography: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar
Best Direction: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar
Best Art Direction: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)
Best Visual Effects: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
Best Choreography: “Fade,” Kanye West (Choreographers: Jae Blaze, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Teyana Taylor & Derek Watkins)
Best Editing: “Wyclef Jean,” Young Thug (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)
Miley Cyrus brought the glam and talent back to the MTV VMAs.
On Sunday night, Cyrus, who has been a troublemaker in VMAs of yesteryear, put the twerking away and gave fans the raw talent they had been missing.
Singing her original tune, “Younger Now,” Cyrus belted it out in a chic hot pink short jumpsuit and matching coordinating retro sunglasses. Fans were absolutely loving her use of both young and old background dancers as she pranced around the stage.
Cyrus hit every note and reminded everyone that she truly is a talented singer. In the middle of the performance, she did a quick costume change into a poodle skirt as her parents, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus, rocked on from the audience.
Ahead of the performance, Cyrus poked fun at her previous VMAs appearance with a photo of herself twerking with Robin Thicke.
“Sorry Dad…. I’ll be good tonight I promise … @vmas,” she wrote.
Jared Leto shared some kind words about his late friends, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, two rock musicians who took their own lives within weeks of each other earlier this year.
“MTV asked me to come here to say a few words about Chester and the late, great Chris Cornell — two artists that I had the absolute pleasure of touring with. They were close friends with one another, Chester even singing the cover of ‘Hallelujah’ at Chris’ funeral. Chester said of Chris: ‘Your voice was joy and pain and anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped into one,'” Leto began.
“Just weeks later, Chester was gone. Chester was my friend, as he was to many. When I think about him, Chester, I see his face, which was always smiling. I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve,” Leto said. “I think how kindly he treated me, my brother and my band. I think about his wife and his six incredible children. I think about his family. I think about his band, who were his brothers. And I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever.”
Leto encouraged others in despair to reach out if they felt like giving up.
“The absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days," he said.
Leto asked everyone in the audience and everyone at home to stand up and cheer as Linkin Park was welcomed back on the VMA stage for the first time since Bennington’s death.
Cornell died in May, taking his own life in a hotel room following a Detroit concert. Bennington died in July on what would have been Cornell’s 56th birthday.
Taylor Swift fans rejoice: The singer debuted the music video for her latest single Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift pokes fun at her own fame in the four-minute video, with multiple versions of herself – Taylor Swift the sweet country singer, Taylor Swift the nerdy girl next door, Taylor Swift the zombie.
“Stop acting like you're all nice, you are so fake," Swift, dressed as a circus ringmaster, says to the country version of herself as multiple versions of the singer line up. The country version bursts into tears.
“There she goes again,” says a Swift decked out in leather, “playing the victim again.”
Warning: The music video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Swift announced last week that her sixth album, “Reputation,” will be released Nov. 10. The album is her first since 2014’s Grammy-winning “1989.”
Singer Pink shared an emotional story about her daughter, Willow, and the meaning of beauty as she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Ahead of her acceptance speech, Pink blew the audience away with a mash-up performance of her hit songs. The high-energy routine brought down the house, earning her a standing ovation.
Afterward, actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres presented Pink with the award. She said that Pink asked her to present her with the award because Cher was unavailable.
>> Photos: Stars arrive for the 2017 MTV VMAs“It makes sense that Cher would give the award, because Cher got the Vanguard award last year, and I have not received the Vanguard award. I have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama,” DeGeneres joked.
She praised Pink, a friend, as “the most incredible performer,” and said she was honored to have been asked to present the singer with the award.
“Then I realized it was the season finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ so I hope we are recording it,” DeGeneres said before listing Pink’s achievements, both in and out of the recording studio.
DeGeneres welcomed Pink onstage, where the singer promptly broke her Moon Person.
Pink started her speech by sharing a moment from her daughter Willow’s life. Her daughter recently told her that she felt like “the ugliest girl at school” because “she looked like a boy with long hair,” she said.
The singer told the audience that she explained to Willow that she has also been told she looks like a boy, but that hasn’t stopped her from selling out arenas and having amazing success.
“So, baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people change so they can see all kinds of beauty,” Pink said before thanking fellow artists. “Keep shining for the rest of us to see. And, you, my darling little girl, are beautiful.”
The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
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