The MTV Video Music Awards have once again upheld their reputation, as an annual event filled with a flair for the dramatic. Colloquially known as the VMAs, the 2017 edition continued to stray ever so slightly from its original purpose. While the focus of the event certainly includes awards for the year’s best music videos, the general public has come to expect a little something different. In the past, the awards have included some of mainstream media’s most noteworthy stories, including crazy performances by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, an impromptu make-out session between Britney Spears and Madonna, and Kanye West‘s now infamous vocal grievance during Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech.
Taking the opportunity to serve up a few punches of her own, Swift unleashed a torrent of abuse on Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, ex Tom Hiddleston and most notably Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who had been in a relationship with the 27-year-old singing sensation a few years earlier. Showing an apparent disregard for the video which clearly references the end of their relationship, Harris made a bold statement, by opting not to give an applause at the end of the unveiling of the new music video by Swift.
Apart from the VMAs reputation for drama, some of EDM’s most familiar faces stood in contention for awards. The Chainsmokers had received nominations for ‘Best Editing’, ‘Best Collaboration’, and ‘Best Electronic Dance Video’, unfortunately losing out in all nominated categories.
One DJ who seemed to have slightly better luck was Anton Zaslavski, better known by his stage name Zedd, who managed to take home the award for ‘Best Electronic Dance Video’, thanks to his chart topping collaboration with singer/songwriter Alessia Cara and their track ‘Stay’. Over all the awards continue to be one of the year’s most anticipated events, delivering slightly more than promised, with every performance, whether on stage or in the audience.
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