MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, AUGUST
MTV VMAS - THE TOUCHING MOMENTS
The M-T-V Video Music Awards are often about who is more shocking or who is wearing the least clothing. It had that, but also some poignant moments. Logic, Brampton, Ontario's Alessia Cara and Khalid performing ``1-800-273-8255,'' named for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. They were surrounded by suicide attempt survivors. Pink, who accepted the Video Vanguard Award, told a story about her six-year-old daughter thinking she's the ugliest girl in the class. Pink asked her if her mama ever grew out her hair or changed her body, and her daughter said no, then asked if her mama sells out arenas, and she said yes. Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars paid tribute to his friend Chester Bennington and mentioned Chris Cornell. The night also featured a descendent of Robert E. Lee speaking out about racism and the mother of Heather Heyer, the protester killed in Charlottesville, announcing a scholarship foundation.
MTV VMAS - WHO WON
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Here are the winners of last nights' MTV Video Music Awards:
Video of the year: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar
Artist of the year: Ed Sheeran
Collaboration: ``I Don't Wanna Live Forever,'' Zayn & Taylor Swift
Pop: ``Down,'' Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane
Hip hop: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar
Dance: ``Stay,'' Alessia Cara & Zedd
Rock: ``Heavydirtysoul,'' Twenty One Pilots
Fight against the system: ``Black SpiderMan,'' Logic feat. Damian Lemar Hudson; ``Immigrants (We Get the Job Done),'' The Hamilton Mixtape; ``Light,'' Big Sean; ``Scars to Your Beautiful,'' Alessia Cara; ``Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL,'' Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley; ``Surefire,'' John Legend.
Song of summer: ``XO Tour Llif3,'' Lil Uzi Vert
New artist: Khalid
Art direction: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Production Designer:
Choreography: ``Fade,'' Kanye West (Choreographers: Jae Blaze, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Teyana Taylor & Derek Watkins)
Cinematography: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Cinematographer:
Direction: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Directors: Dave Meyers, The Little Homies)
Editing: ``Wyclef Jean,'' Young Thug (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric
Visual effects: ``HUMBLE.'' Kendrick Lamar (Company: Timber/Lead:
INVICTUS GAMES - SPRINGSTEEN
The Boss has been added to the lineup for next month's Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto.
Bruce Springsteen will join Bryan Adams, Bachman and Turner, Kelly Clarkson and Coeur de pirate at the Sept. 30 showcase.
The multi-sport competition was founded by Prince Harry as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their paths to recovery.
The Sept. 23 opening ceremony will feature performances by Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and the Tenors.
Springsteen, who is preparing to launch a Broadway show in New York in the fall, says it will be an ``honour and a privilege'' to perform for the athletes at the Games.
There will be 550 competitors from 17 countries coming to Toronto to compete in 12 sports, including track and field, swimming and, in a first for the Invictus Games, golf.
MTV VMAS - NO TAYLOR SWIFT
Those hoping for a big moment when Taylor Swift showed up to the M-T-V Video Music Awards when Katy Perry was hosting -- well, they were disappointed. The only appearance Swift made was in her new video for ``Look What You Made Me Do.'' Swift and Perry have had a public feud over the past few years, but Perry had indicated she'd like it to end, leading to speculation that Swift might make an appearance. Swift won an award for best collaboration with Zayn for ``I Don't Wanna Live Forever.''
Jack Antonoff accepted on her behalf.
RIGHT SAID FRED - LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT'S SONG
Right Said Fred got a blind offer a little over a week ago, and saying yes to it was the equivalent of hitting the lottery. Fred Fairbrass of Right Said Fred tells Rolling Stone they were told a ``big contemporary female artist who hasn't released anything in a while'' wanted to borrow from their song ``I'm Too Sexy.'' They took a gamble on it and found out Friday it was Taylor Swift's ``Look What You Made Me Do.'' Fairbrass says they guessed it was Swift. He says the original was a cynical song and he likes ``the cynical aspect'' of ``Look What You Made Me Do.'' He also is grateful Swift asked first.
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 M-T-V Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video. Lamar's ``Humble'' won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and visual effects on Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He also gave an explosive performance of ``Humble'' and ``D-N-A,'' backed by ninjas dancing near fire. But the V-M-A's, hosted by a forgettable Katy Perry with performances by Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran, was tamer than most years, not relying on the shock value and wild antics of past shows. Instead, touching performances and powerful speeches took centre stage.
(The Canadian Press)