2017 MTV Video Music Awards Winners And Top Moments

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27:  Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

2017 MTV Video Music Awards Winners And Top Moments

Kendrick Lamar, Khalid and others walked away with hardware.

Published August 27, 2017

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards had its fair share of memorable moments and hardware winners.

  1. Kendrick Lamar was on the top line of award winners as he pulled in six awards, including ones for Best Hip Hop video and Best Video overall. He also had one of the most memorable performances of the night and opened up the show, trotting out DAMN. singles "DNA" and "HUMBLE."

    Donning a red bubble jacket and a matching du-rag, K. Dot showcased his almost doubletime flow while a gang of ninjas climbed a flaming gate behind him. Kung Fu Kenny, indeed.

    Cardi B was her lovable self during the awards. Prior to introducing Demi Lovato, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper gave a shoutout to Colin Kaepernick.

    "Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel for us, we gon be standing with you, baby," she said. Cardi also performed at the Awards' pre-show.

  2. P!nk received the Video Vanguard Award and gave a rather inspiring speech about her six-year-old daughter Willow, urging her to be who she is no matter what.

  3. Oh yeah, and Taylor Swift world premiered her video for “Look What You Made Me Do” with some not-so-subtle disses to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Everyone noticed. Kinda weak TBH. You can watch it below, though.

  4. Perhaps the most touching moment of the night was when the mother of Heather Heyer, Susan Bro, gave an inspirational speech about her daughter in the wake of her murder by a white supremist terrorist in Charlottesville, Virgina on August 12. She awarded all nominees of the Best Fight Against the System video catagory a moonman trophy.

    “Help me make Heather’s death count,” she said. “I want people to know that Heather never marched alone.”

  5. Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry closed out the awards with a collaborative performance of "Swish." Nicki was dressed in what looks like a referees uniform? Regardless, she was fire behind the mic.

    See a list of the main award winners below, and a recap of the awards pre-show and red carpet here.

  6. Song of Summer
    Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, Feat. Justin Bieber - "Despacito (Remix)"
    Ed Sheeran - "Shape of You"
    Shawn Mendes - "There's Nothing Holding Me Back"
    Demi Lovato - "Sorry Not Sorry"
    DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts"
    Camila Cabello Feat. Quavo - "OMG"
    Fifth Harmony Feat. Gucci Mane - "Down"
    Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3" -- WINNER

    Video of the Year
    Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE." (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) -- WINNER
    Bruno Mars - "24K Magic" (Atlantic Records)
    Alessia Cara - "Scars To Your Beautiful" (Def Jam)
    DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts" (Epic Records/We The Best)
    The Weeknd - "Reminder" (XO/Republic Records)

    Artist of the Year
    Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
    Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
    Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) -- WINNER
    Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
    The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)
    Lorde (Republic Records)

    Best New Artist
    Khalid (RCA Records) -- WINNER
    Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
    SZA (TDE/RCA Records)
    Young M.A (3D)
    Julia Michaels (Republic Records)
    Noah Cyrus (Records)

    Best Collaboration
    Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez - "We Don't Talk Anymore" (Atlantic Records)
    DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts" (Epic Records/We The Best)
    D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - "Broccoli" (Atlantic Records)
    The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - "Closer" (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)
    Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - "Feels" (Columbia Records)
    Zayn & Taylor Swift - "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" (Republic Records) -- WINNER

    Best Pop
    Shawn Mendes - "Treat You Better" (Island Records)
    Ed Sheeran - "Shape of You" (Asylum/Atlantic Records)
    Harry Styles - "Sign Of The Times" (Columbia Records)
    Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane - "Down" (Syco Music/Epic Records) -- WINNER
    Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley - "Chained To The Rhythm" (Capitol Records)
    Miley Cyrus - "Malibu" (RCA Records)

    Best Hip Hop
    Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE." (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) -- WINNER
    Big Sean - "Bounce Back" (Def Jam)
    Chance the Rapper - "Same Drugs" (Chance the Rapper LLC)
    D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - "Broccoli" (Atlantic Records)
    Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert - "Bad & Boujee" (300 Entertainment)
    DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne - "I'm The One" (Epic Records/We The Best)

    Best Dance
    Zedd and Alessia Cara - "Stay" (Interscope) -- WINNER
    Kygo x Selena Gomez - "It Ain't Me" (Ultra/Interscope)
    Calvin Harris - "My Way" (Columbia Records)
    Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ - "Cold Water" (Mad Decent)
    Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign - "Gone" (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

    Best Fight Against the System - ALL WINNERS
    Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson - "Black SpiderMan" (Race & LGBTQ) (Def Jam)
    The Hamilton Mixtape - "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" (Immigration) (Atlantic Records)
    Big Sean - "Light" (Race) (Def Jam)
    Alessia Cara - "Scars To Your Beautiful" (Body image) (Def Jam)
    Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley - "Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL" (Environment)
    John Legend - "Surefire" (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate) (Columbia Records)

    Best Choreography
    Kanye West - "Fade" (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley' Watkins) -- WINNER
    Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj - "Side To Side" (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)
    Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE." (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers)
    Sia - "The Greatest" (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
    Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane - "Down" (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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