Last night’s 2018 Video Music Awards featured some spectacular acts and moments.
Most notably, Logic and Ryan Tedder performed their latest collaboration “One Day” with multiple children, all of whom were wearing white shirts that read: “We are all human beings.” Meanwhile, Logic’s own shirt read, “F*ck the wall.” As the song grew in excitement, a screen wall lifted, revealing the kids’ siblings and parents. Logic’s message “to protest the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane family separation policy that tore thousands of children from their parents and continues to keep hundreds apart,” according to a press release for the performance, was heard loud and clear.
Nicki Minaj made her presence known with a medley of cuts from her Young Money/Cash Money-released album Queen. With her motor on high, Minaj cranked out several tracks, including “Barbie Dreams,” “Fefe” and an a capella version of “Ganja Burn,” which earned thunderous roars from the crowd. Watch the performance here.
Jennifer Lopez relished the merits of hard work in her speech after winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The singer thanked her family, video directors and career mentors throughout the speech in addition to speaking to her own career saying, “I always had it in my mind. I was always a person who was like, ‘Why not?’ I kinda had to forge my own path and make my own rules. I was obsessed like that.” As part of her acceptance, Lopez performed a medley of her biggest songs, while bringing out Ja Rule and DJ Khaled.
A multitude of tributes and speeches were made in honor of Aretha Franklin who passed away last week at the age of 74. The most dramatic of all came from Madonna. Dressed in flowing black with flourishes of African jewelry, her send-off came before she presented the video of the year award to Camila Cabello. She spoke at length about her own start in the business and her own career before thanking Franklin for “empowering all of us. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”
Madonna said that the icon who died Thursday (August 16th) “changed the course of my life,” and Franklin’s “Respect” played as the night’s closing credits rolled. Unfortunately, there was no live musical performance honoring the legend.