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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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Judge Sides With Nicki Minaj In Tracy Chapman Court Battle

A judge has sided with Nicki Minaj in her legal dispute with Tracy Chapman. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that Minaj’s song “Sorry” falls under the “fair use” and not copyright infringement as Chapman claimed, Variety reports.

Minaj was reportedly unaware that her song, “Sorry,” featured lyrics and a bit of the melody from Chapman’s 1988 track, “Baby Can I Hold You” when it was recorded. She  reached out to Chapman to get permission to use the song but was ultimately turned down. Since she couldn't get legal clearance, the track never made it to the Queen album, but Chapman’s attorneys accused Minaj of leaking the track to Funkmaster Flex. Although Minaj confirmed sending Flex an Instagram message about the song, she denies actually sending it. “I had a change of heart,” she later testified. “I never sent the recording.”

Flex said that he obtained the recording from a “blogger,” not Minaj.

In her decision, Judge Phillips reportedly noted that artists tend to “experiment” with music before they attempt to get proper licensing.

“Artists usually experiment with works before seeking licenses from rights holders and rights holders typically ask to see a proposed work before approving a license,” the judge wrote. “A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry.”

Despite the ruling, the question remains over whether or not Minaj should be held liable for the song being leaked. Last month, Minaj’s attorneys filed court papers requesting that Chapman’s motion for a summary judgment be denied in full.

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Big Sean Debuts ‘Deep Reverence’ Feat. Nipsey Hussle

Big Sean delivered his collaboration with Nipsey Hustle “Deep Reverence” on Monday (Aug. 24). The 32-year-old rapper decided to drop the song after  finishing up his highly anticipated Detroit 2 album due out next week.

“My heart and my gut was saying not only do people deserve that song right now,”  Sean tweeted on Tuesday (Aug. 25). “I felt like hearing nips [sic] voice, his presence and the energy of the song itself was needed and deserved it’s own moment!”

A snippet of the song debuted during Hit-Boy and Boi1da's Verzuz battle in April. Sean said that he has wanted to release the song ever since then.

“My label (a few people there, not the whole label) thought it wasn’t smart to put this song out ahead of my album, they told my team I should hold on to it...they still supported my decision in the end tho [sic],” he explained in another tweet.

The record opens with a clever and poignant verse from Nipsey. “F*ck rap I’m a street legend, block love me with a deep reverence,” he raps. “I was birthed in a C-section/Hella cops and police presence, we got opps so we keep weapons. We on y’all block while y’all eat breakfast. A lot of shots, we broke street records. Watch how you talk, I got reflexes.”

 

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Rest In Power bro! The World miss you n need to hear your voice! DEEP REVERENCE OUT NOW 🏁💙🙏🏾 Prod by. @hitboy & @g.ryomo

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On Sean’s verse, he reveals that he reached out to Kendrick Lamar after Nipsey was killed and addresses the alleged beef between him and the Compton MC. Fans also believe that he hinted at  Jhené Aiko suffering a miscarriage. “Should be a billionaire based on the time off I’m not takin,’” raps Sean. “Probably why the sh*t with me got crazy and we lost a baby.”

Detroit 2 is executive produced by Hit-Boy, Sean and Kanye West. The album drops on Sept. 4.

Listen to “Deep Reverence” below.

 

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My fifth album #Detroit2 September 4th 🌎✊🏾🌹🖤 🌟 🙏🏾

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Listen To Brandy's Highly Anticipated ‘B7’ Album

Brandy’s new album, B7, arrived on Friday (July 31). Led by the single “Baby Mama,” the 15-track album about love, heartbreak and growth, includes appearances from  Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caeser, and Brandy's teenage daughter, Sy'rai Smith, who joins her mother on the track “High Heels.”

Along with the new album -- her first since 2012 -- Brandy debuted the music video for her latest single, “Borderline.”

“I spilled so much of my heart on this album,” she proudly told fans during a listening party on YouTube on Thursday (July 30).

In a more sobering moment from the virtual party, Brandy opened up about the death of her friend and producer, Lashawn Daniels. “It feels very strange although I’m excited and grateful to have the music out, it’s just hard not having him here to hear the complete project,” she said.

“But I take him with me wherever I go. I know everything he ever said to me, ever taught me, and what he told me, I can hold onto that. If I ever feel down about my gift there’s a few things that he told me to remind me that I have no reason to feel down at all.”

Speaking with Billboard, the Grammy winner discussed the importance of Black female R&B artists sharing content, especially during these turbulent times.

“I believe that music heals. Music is the language that we all speak. It is what we all need, and I feel like we need it more now than we ever have,” she explained. “This is the year where we all need to feel like we have something to get us through. ... I was a little hesitant with putting out music in this time because, of course, you want to speak to the times. And I'm thinking, ‘My music is not about exactly what's going on right now.’ But then I thought, ‘But this is the time where people need to feel like they have something to just escape and just help them heal.’ ...that's what made me feel better about releasing [the album].

“And I think that we don’t want to feel alone,” added Brandy. “We need to feel community, we need to feel togetherness, we need to feel love right now. And I think music is the best way to feel that. It’s the shortcut to feeling that right away.”

Stream B7 below.

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