Kendrick Lamar Set The VMAs On Fire & Then He Humbly Won 6 Awards (Video)

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Last night (August 27), the 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards took place at Inglewood, California’s The Forum. The 2017 VMAs (and its reformatted list of categories) opened with the focus on Kendrick Lamar. The MC who has enjoyed #1’s, platinum certifications, and other televised awards this calendar year kicked off the event in a major way, with “DNA.” and “HUMBLE.” in a spectacular medley. In an elaborate cage created by beams of light, a red-clad K-Dot worked from his DAMN. album. He eventually shared the stage with some breakin’ ninjas, with veiled faces. Soon, the stage-show got explosive, with one of the martial artists getting covered in flames.

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The fire did not subside for “HUMBLE.” It climbed moved upwards, as did the hands in the crowd:

Kung-Fu Kenny would hit the stage again last night. The Compton, California native nabbed six “moon man” trophies in total—all for the same video.

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Most notably, Lamar won “Video Of The Year” for “HUMBLE.,” the lead DAMN. single. That late March visual also earned “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Best Cinematography,” “Best Direction,” “Best Art Direction,” and “Best Visual Effects.” The video was directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies.

Other Rap winners from the multi-network televised event included Kanye West (“Best Choreography” for “Fade”), Young Thug (“Best Editing” for “Wyclef Jean”), and Lil Uzi Vert (“Best Song Of Summer” for “XO Tour Llif3”).

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The newly-minted category of “Best Fight Against The System” had multiple winners, including  Logic (“Black SpiderMan”), K’Naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, and Residente (“Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)”), Big Sean & Jeremih (“Light”) and Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo & Shailene Woodley (“Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”). John Legend and Alessia Cara also took home moon-men in this field.