VMAs: Kendrick Lamar Wins Video of the Year

3:20 PM 8/27/2017

by Kimberly Nordyke

The awards — redubbed with the gender-neutral name Moon Person — were handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles with Katy Perry hosting.

Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free and Dave Meyers
Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free and Dave Meyers
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Kendrick Lamar took home the award for video of the year at 2017 Video Music Awards, which were handed out Sunday night on MTV.

The rapper also won best hip-hop video for "HUMBLE" at the show, which was held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Katy Perry hosted the ceremony, for which the award — previously known as the Moon Man — has been rechristened as the Moon Person in a bid for gender neutrality.

The cable network, which previously combined performers of both genders in categories for its rebranded Movie & TV Awards, also replaced the best female and best male video awards with one artist of the year prize.

Additionally, MTV added one of the new Movie & TV Awards categories to the VMAs, recognizing, in the best fight against the system category, videos that inspire viewers to fight injustice. All six nominees in that category — presented by the mother of Heathery Heyer, who was killed during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. — were declared winners.

Heading into the show, Lamar had the most VMA nominations, with eight mentions for his video "Humble." Katy Perry and The Weeknd landed the second-most noms with five each.

A list of winners follows. All the news on the show can be found here.

  • Best New Artist

    Khalid
    Khalid
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    Khalid (RCA Records) (WINNER)

    Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)

    SZA (TDE/RCA Records)

    Young M.A (3D)

    Julia Michaels (Republic Records)

    Noah Cyrus (Records)

  • Best Hip-Hop Video

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE." (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (WINNER)

    Big Sean - "Bounce Back" (Def Jam)

    Chance the Rapper - "Same Drugs" (Chance the Rapper LLC)

    D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - "Broccoli" (Atlantic Records)

    Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert - "Bad & Boujee" (300 Entertainment)

    DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne - "I'm The One" (Epic Records/We The Best)

  • Best Pop Video

    Fifth Harmony and Gucci Mane
    Fifth Harmony and Gucci Mane
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    Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (WINNER)

    Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records)

    Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records)

    Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records)

    Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records)

    Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)

  • Best Collaboration

    Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift
    Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift
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    Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records) (WINNER)

    Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records)

    DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)

    D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records)

    The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)

    Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records)

     

  • Best Choreography

    Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins) (WINNER)

    Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)

    Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers)

    Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)

    Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

  • Best Song of the Summer

    Lil Uzi Vert
    Lil Uzi Vert
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    Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3” (WINNER)

    Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber - "Despacito (Remix)”

    Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane - “Down”

    Camila Cabello ft. Quavo - "OMG"

    Ed Sheeran - "Shape of You"

    Demi Lovato - "Sorry Not Sorry"

    Shawn Mendes - "There's Nothing Holding Me Back”

    DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts”

  • Best Dance Video

    Alessia Cara
    Alessia Cara
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    Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope) (WINNER)

    Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope)

    Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records)

    Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent)

    Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

  • Artist of the Year

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
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    Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) (WINNER)

    Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

    Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

    Ariana Grande (Republic Records)

    The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)

    Lorde (Republic Records)

  • Video of the Year

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (WINNER)

    Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records)

    Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam)

    DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best)

    The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

     

  • Best Rock Video

    twenty one pilots
    twenty one pilots
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    Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records) (WINNER)

    Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)

    Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace” (Island)

    Green Day – “Bang Bang” (Warner Bros. Records)

    Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)

     

  • Best Fight Against the System

    *All nominees were declared winners.

    Big Sean
    Big Sean
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    Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Def Jam) (WINNER)

    The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Atlantic Records) (WINNER)

    Big Sean – “Light” (Def Jam) (WINNER)

    Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (WINNER)

    Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (WINNER)

    John Legend – “Surefire” (Columbia Records) (WINNER)

     

  • Best Cinematography

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham) (WINNER)

    Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)

    Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)

    DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)

    Halsey – “Now or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

  • Best Direction

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies) (WINNER)

    Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)

    Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)

    Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (Aaron A)

    The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

  • Best Art Direction

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
    Austin Hargrave

    Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves) (WINNER)

    Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)

    Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)

    DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)

    The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

  • Best Visual Effects

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall) (WINNER)

    A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)

    KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)

    Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)

    Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

  • Best Editing

    Young Thug
    Young Thug
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    Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini) (WINNER)

    Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)

    Lorde – “Green Light” (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)

    The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)

    The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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