The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards didn’t draw back from the necessary political points plaguing our nation, as stars repeatedly addressed racial inequality, police brutality and the significance of voting.
Host Keke Palmer kicked off the primarily digital present on Sunday with a monologue addressing the cultural second and the Black Lives Matter motion.
“There have been unimaginable moments of inspiration which have given my era hope,” she mentioned. “We’ve seen heroes go above and past, whether or not they drive a supply truck, work at a grocery retailer or serve on the entrance strains at a hospital. And with the Black Lives Matter motion, we’ve seen our era step up, take to the streets, and be sure that our voices will likely be heard.”
“What we simply witnessed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is yet one more devastating reminder that we are able to’t cease,” Palmer added, referring to the police capturing of Jacob Blake within the metropolis. “That we can’t tolerate police brutality or any injustice. We should proceed the struggle to finish systemic racism. The leaders of that motion are you, us, the individuals watching tonight. It’s our time to make the change we need to see. We have to come collectively.”
DaBaby’s efficiency paid homage to the continuing protests in response to the deaths of Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and different Black People who’ve been killed by police. Whereas singing his music “Blind,” DaBaby was proven being arrested, handcuffed and positioned at the back of a police automobile.
Later within the present, The Weeknd gave a brief, somber speech whereas accepting the Finest R&B award.
He thanked a few of his collaborators earlier than including: “It’s actually onerous for me to rejoice proper now and revel in this second. I’m simply going to say: Justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor.” He repeated that very same sentiment about Blake and Taylor when he received the ultimate award ― for Video of the Yr ― of the evening.
Sofia Carson offered the award for Video for Good to HER for “I Can’t Breathe.” She defined that the singer had used her video to focus on racial inequality in America and help the Black Lives Matter motion.
In her acceptance speech, HER mentioned she was “proud to be” a part of the class and “pleased with all people talking out on social injustice.”
After presenting the award, Carson implored viewers to register to vote in November: “Your vote is your voice,” she mentioned.
The reminder to vote recurred all through the present and was supported by advertisements from ViacomCBS’ Vote For Your Life, which aired throughout industrial breaks.
“Don’t hand over. Use your energy. Vote to your life,” mentioned the advert in block textual content.
To shut out the present, the Black Eyed Peas ended their medley efficiency with a single assertion: “Black lives matter.”
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