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Kendrick Lamar dominates MTV video awards, from VMA to political fragrance

Ⓒ AFP – Jean-Baptiste LACROIX – | Katy Perry on August 27th in Los Angeles at MTV’s Video Music Awards

The rapper Kendrick Lamar dominated the Video Music Awards Sunday in mid-ceremony, with already 5 awards at a party with a very political scent.

Lamar, one of the biggest hip hop artists, had already gleaned five awards on eight nominations, including the best hip-hop video and best director for “Humble.”

The Compton-born artist opened the evening by interpreting “Humble.” On the scene of the mythical Forum of Inglewood, in the southern suburbs of Los Angeles, in front of a scaffold on fire, with a choreography imbued with his passion for martial arts.

It was Ed Sheeran who won the artist statue of the year after his tube “Shape of you” had flooded the waves all summer.

The evening of the VMA had started on a decidedly political tone, superstar Katy Perry brandishing a newspaper under the title “the world is on fire” and the daughter of Michael Jackson, Paris, calling to resist against the neo-Nazis.

The Californian singer has become in recent years one of the most engaged celebrities on the left. After being an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, she is now fighting the policy of President Donald Trump.

– ‘Combat against the system’ –

Paris Jackson, daughter of pop king Michael Jackson, awarded the first prize of the evening, the pop video of the year, to the female group Fifth Harmony.

“We must show these rotten white Nazis and supremacists that we have no tolerance for their hatred and discrimination, we must resist,” she urged the public.

A new award that has nothing to do with the video clips, the best “fight against the system”, should also be handed over by the mother of Heather Hayer, this young woman killed by a Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville while She was demonstrating against fascism.

US President Donald Trump was much criticized for his belief that there were “very good people” among the Nazis and anti-fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, adding that there had been ” on both sides”.

– ‘Seeing different beauties’ –

Reflecting the evolution of cultural norms, the VMAs this year merged sexual genres, abolishing the separations between categories for men and women and renaming “The man of the moon”, the statuette given to the winners, in “Person of the Moon “.

Despite their societal demands, the VMA itself has not escaped controversy and criticism: “Despacito”, the reggaeton tube that danced the whole world all summer, sung by Luis Fonsi, had thus received No appointment initially, while it became the most viewed clip of Youtube history.

A coward in the process of appointing was then blamed. MTV then included the title – in its remixed version with Justin Bieber – in the “Song of the Summer” category, but he did not win the statuette.

Taylor Swift, another high priestess of pop music, unveiled in the early evening the video of her title released Friday, “Look What You Made Me Do”, the first single to the vengeful words of her new album “Reputation”.

With a much more gothic and satirical style than usual, she seems to imitate in some sequences clips of other superstars like Beyoncé and “Formation” or Madonna.

Pink sang “What about us” surrounded by naked dancers in the pubis, buttocks and breasts covered with simple strips of black paper, like barred.

When she received the Vanguard Prize honoring her career, she created emotion by telling that her daughter had once told her when she returned from school that she thought she was the ugliest girl she knew “because” She) looked like a boy with long hair “.

The singer, who came with her daughter and her husband, explained that he had made a Power Point presentation to show him roots androgynous stars who influenced the world, and then added: “We do not change, we help others to see more Of different beauties “.

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