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2017 VMAs: Stars Use Spotlight for Things That Matter

Jessica Flanigan, Writer

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        The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards delivered yet another year of memorable performances from the best of the best musicians. This was a night in which performers came together to celebrate each other’s success and look back on a year of remarkable music.

   Multi-award-winner, Kendrick Lamar, opened the show with a hot performance, literally. While Lamar rapped ‘DNA’ and ‘HUMBLE,’ a dancer dressed as a ninja emerged beside him in flames. To keep the performance fiery, a backdrop on stage ignited in flames while his backup ninja dancers fearlessly climbed from top to bottom.

  Many stars used their stage time to focus on important issues in our world. Alessia Cara and Pink both dedicated their time to diminish beauty expectations of women. Cara began her performance dressed in a elegant red dress with a sleek short wig. As the performance went on, she stripped down to a plain black tank top and leggings, removing her makeup and wig while belting out the lyrics to ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’

Pink’s speech for winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award was incredibly inspiring. In response to her daughter calling herself ugly, she shut down the idea of what beauty should look like by affirming that there are different kinds of beauty. Students at Lindbergh agree with Pink’s affirming speech.

“Pink was my favorite award winner because she influenced confidence in girls,” Maria Gerber (12) said.

  Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid performed a moving song, ‘1-800-273-8255,’ titled after the national suicide prevention lifeline. They were joined on stage by suicide attempt survivors linked together throughout the crowd. Logic stated his purpose with his album – to bring attention to mental health issues and equality.

 “The most memorable part of the night was the performance by Logic because it was very deep and had a good message,” Samantha Hurst (12) said.

 

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