This year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), which was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday (27th August), is finally over! From Taylor’s long-awaited music video for “Look What You Made Me Do”, to Kesha’s powerful speech on suicide prevention, the prestigious annual event was one hell of a celebration.

The night’s biggest winner Kendrick Lamar, who opened the VMAs with a fiery performance (literally) of “DNA” and “Humble.”, won 6 Moonmen – “Video of the Year”, “Best Hip-Hop Video”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Direction”, “Best Art Direction”, as well as “Best Visual Effects”. Upon receiving the “Video of the Year” award, the rapper said, “Thank you for allowing us to take our thoughts and our wild imagination to the next level.”

Source: Pop Sugar

Furthermore, the night saw performances from host Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, Fifth Harmony and rapper Gucci Mance, Ed Sheeran and Lil Uzi Vert, Rob Stewart and DNCE, Demi Lovato, Lorde, as well as Miley Cyrus. Also, Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto honoured Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington before playing his group’s new single, “Walk On Water”.

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And last but not least, Pink (otherwise known as P!nk) took home the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award”. In her inspiring speech dedicated to her 6-year-old daughter Willow, the star talked about self-acceptance and social expectations. 

“We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty,” the “What About Us” singer told the crowd. “And you, my darling girl, are beautiful. I love you.” 

The full list of winners are as follows:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran

BEST NEW ARTISTE
Khalid

SONG OF THE SUMMER
Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift & Zayn Malik – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

BEST POP VIDEO
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b22vPo0_wBg

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

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BEST DANCE VIDEO
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM (all winners)
Logic ft. Damian Lemar HudsoN – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

BEST DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar -“Humble.”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze, and Derek “Bentley” Watkins)

BEST EDITING
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
Pink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_iTJxR_Wb8

For more information, visit MTV Asia’s website or the MTV VMAs’ website.

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