The MTV Video Music Awards 2017 had feuds, drama, suicide and racism topics and much more. Here is a recap:
Alessia Cara’s make-up free appearance – the Canadian singer showed-up onstage wearing no make-up at all. Moreover, her outfit, all black, was so simple that it stood out due to it’s lack of sequins, glitter and all the shine you’d expect at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017. This was the second year in a row that the “Scars to Your Beautiful” singer appeared bare-faced. The reason? “We decided that every performance I do of “Scars to Your Beautiful,” every interview I do about it, I am not going to be wearing any makeup”, she explains, “because how could I be preaching a song about being yourself and being beautiful and perfect the way you are—and have a full face of makeup?”
Kesha’s suicide prevention speech – the rapper introduced Logic’s performance of “1-800-273-8255”, titled after the hotline number you call for suicide prevention. Admitting that Logic’s song made her cry when she heard it, Kesha sent a powerful message to all those who are at risk of suicide: “The truth is piercing and the truth is what matters. The truth is none of us are alone.”
Logic’s performance of “1-800-273-8255” – the singer went up on stage in the company of Khalid and Alessia Cara to perform his Best Fight Against The System winning hit. What made his performance the best of the evening was he was backed-up by numerous suicide survivors who joined him onstage, wearing white T-shirts with the suicide prevention hotline number.
Jared Leto’s tribute to Chester Bennington – again a highly emotional moment at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017: Jared Leto, who previously left a tribute to the late singer on social media, used his time onstage to remind Bennington’s friends and Linking Park fans in general, of the “absolute legend” the rocker was. “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. “At once ferocious and delicate, that voice will live forever.” The actor and singer ended his speech urging those at risk of suicide to remember they are not alone. “There is always a way forward, reach out, share your thoughts, do not give up. And I promise you this, the absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days.