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Showstopper: 12 Memorable Moments From The 2017 MTV VMAs

From Cardi B to Lil Uzi Vert, the rookies made their mark at this year's show.   

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are officially behind us, but this year’s show delivered some unforgettable moments for the vault.

Katy Perry hosted the ceremony live from The Forum in Inglewood, Ca. Sunday (Aug. 27) featuring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Pink, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Kyle, alongside interesting music mashups like Ed Sheeran and Lil Uzi Vert, and Travis Scott with 30 Seconds to Mars.

On a more serious note, the show weaved socio-political topics into the program touching on racism, homophobia and more. The VMAs might be the last place where you'd expect to here people speak about white supremacy, but in wake of the events in Charlottesville, the cable network's guest list included a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer who was killed in Charlottesville. Transgender service members also attended the show as a statement against Donald Trump's recently signed military ban.

Check below for more memorable moments from this year’s VMAs.

Asahd Makes His Adorable VMAs Debut

After almost a year of traveling in promotion of his dad’s Grateful album, Asahd finally blessed the VMAs with his adorable presence. The 10-month-old music mogul an "icon" (according to his proud father, DJ Khaled) stole the spotlight from Khaled and Katy Perry as he hit up the VMAs stage for the very first time.

Gucci Mane Is Crazy In Love With Keshia Ka’oir

Hip-hop’s cutest couple brought their love story to MTV. Gucci Mane brought his wife, Keshia Ka'oir, on stage as he spit his guest verse on Fifth Harmony’s single, “Down.”

The night also earned Gucci his first VMA award, which he won for his feature on the single.

Khalid Thanks His Mom During Best New Artist Speech

Khalid gave a special shout out to his mother, after winning the night's coveted "Best New Artist" award. The 19-year-old singer thanked his mother for supporting him when “no else did.”

Kendrick Lamar Heats Up The Stage
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Kung Fu Kenny likes his pyrotechnics. The Compton MC opened this year’s VMAs with a fiery performance medley featuring an dancer fully engulfed in flames.

Lil Uzi Vert’s Shoulder Shimmy

It’s safe to say that Lil Uzi Vert had a damn good time at his first ever VMAs, and his meme worth shoulder shimmy is proof. The Philly native caught the rhythm after snagging the Song of the Summer award for "XO Tour Lif3."

Crab B’s Face When Ed Sheeran Went From "Shape of You" To Lil Uzi Vert'z "XO Tour Lif3"

Speaking of UZI's hit single, Cardi B's reaction to Ed Sheeran going from "Shape Of You" to "XO Tour Life," won the internet.

Fifth Harmony Throws A Little The Shade? 

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Fifth Harmony may have thrown a little shade at former group member, Camila Cabello. The foursome opened their performance medley with a fifth member falling off the stage, which obviously seems like a shot at Cabello.

Demi Lovato Brings The Vocals

Don’t sleep on Demi Lovato. She may be known for pop hits, but her vocal range gives church vibes. The singing powerhouse showed off her vocal range with a stunning vocal performance of her new single, "Sorry Not Sorry."

Pink’s Dedicates Empowering Speech To Her Daughter
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Pink accepted her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award with an inspiring words dedicated to her 6-year-old daughter, Willow. The speech was inspired by a conversation that Pink had with her daughter, who felt insecure about her looks.

“Baby girl, we don’t change,” she proclaimed. “We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.”

Cardi B Shows Support For Colin Kaepernick

Cardi B made quite the mark at the VMAs. Besides sidestepping a wardrobe malfunction and meme worthy moments, the Bronx native took time to show support for Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest.

Logic Addresses Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

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Baltimore’s own, Logic gave an emotional performance of “1-800-273-8255” backed by suicide survivors, and a powerful speech that brought the audience to its feet.

The performance helped drive a 50 percent spike in calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the hours after the VMAs.

Remy Ma Calls Out Nicki Minaj 


The beef goes on. Rey Ma reigniting what feels like a painfully long feud with Nicki Minaj became one of the most talked about moments of the night. Remy played off Minaj's 2016 VMAs quote to Miley Cyrus, "Nicki, what’s good?” as the show cut to commercial.

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Ja Rule To Re-Release Discography As Visual Albums

In a series of tweets posted on Monday night (Sept. 16), Ja Rule announced that he will re-release his entire discography. Not only will fans be re-introduced to the award-winning artist's hits but they'll also see accompanying visuals to the New York native's tracks.

Ja responded to a fan's question on "why now?" for the nostalgic liberation. "Music is timeless," he said while teasing his new album set to debut on Dec. 12.

Music is timeless... my new album 12.Twelve.XII comes out dec. 12th... https://t.co/JQka4zgeqI

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums... I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made... what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

Songs that already have been matched with visuals will not be a part of the discography's re-release. His roster includes: Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), Rule 3:36 (2000), Pain Is Love (2001), The Last Temptation (2002), Blood In My Eye (2003), R.U.L.E. (2004), Exodus (2005), and PIL 2 (2012). 

With more than 100 songs under his belt, Ja definitely has a task ahead. Good luck, your fans are looking forward to it!

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Stalley Announces U.S. Tour, Releases 'All So New' Single With Jansport J

Ohio rap staple Stalley has returned with news of a new nationwide tour, and new music to go along with it.

On Monday (Sept. 16), Stalley announced The Head Trip Tour, a U.S. trek with 12 dates so far and more shows to be announced. The tour begins in Chicago on Nov. 7, before touring throughout more of his midwestern stomping grounds and rocking Los Angeles before several shows on the East Coast.

Stalley also released "All So New," a single produced by Los Angeles musician Jansport J. The song is his first new release since Human, an EP he dropped earlier this year.

After entering the game with his breakthrough mixtape Lincoln Way Nights, Stalley built his own fan base and eventually signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. He has since left and gone indie, releasing his own music with guest appearances from the likes of Scarface, Nipsey Hussle, 2Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

In a press release, Stalley said that his upcoming material is more personal than ever now that he's working without the restrictions of a label.

"With this music it’s more spiritual - it’s my story," Stalley said. "I've been getting closer to my fans lately, so I really wanted to let them in and have them be a part of my growth and transition into independence. By being independent and having total control of my career, I now have the freedom to create freely and bare my whole self to my true supporters."

Listen to "All So New" above or on your favorite streaming services, and see his tour schedule below.

 

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Rihanna Inks Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

Rihanna continues to make our jaws drop and we just can't get enough. After two successful New York Fashion Week events with her Savage X Fenty lingerie line and her fifth annual Diamond Ball event, the world's richest female musician has signed a global deal with Sony/ATV Music publishing.

Billboard reports the announcement was made on Monday (Sept. 16), stating that the deal will cover the artist's full songwriting catalog and future projects.

Rih also made history as the first entertainer to follow Jon Platt, chairman, and CEO of Sony/ATV, after he stepped into the executive seat in April 2019. Their partnership first began in 2015 at Warner/Chappell before Platt moved to Sony/ATV, according to Variety.

"I'm proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career," he said. "Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna's position as one of the biggest icons in the world."

The Bajan-beauty has numerous musical achievements including 14 Billboard Hot 100 No.1s, nine Grammy Awards, and seven RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums. Her elite status doesn't stop there since she snagged 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2017 Songwriter of the Year at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Her last seven albums have reached platinum status 22 times in the United States.

"It's an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV," Platt said.

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