MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

Rapper Kendrick Lamar dominated the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday as the glitzy gala took a political turn with impassioned denunciations of white supremacists in America.

Lamar took the most prestigious award of Video of the Year for “HUMBLE,” his ironic look at his growing fame in which he dresses up as everything from the pope to Jesus in “The Last Supper.”

Lamar opened the show in Los Angeles with a martial arts-themed performance of the song with ninja dancers, one of which eerily appeared to set himself ablaze.

One of the most acclaimed rappers of recent times; Lamar took home six statuettes — rechristened the “Moon Person” from “Moonman” to be gender-neutral.

English songwriter Ed Sheeran won Artist of the Year, a new prize after the separate male and female categories were merged, while rapper Khalid won for new artist.

While Lamar‘s latest album “DAMN.” has toned down his earlier political bent, the globally televised awards gala itself did anything but.

-PUNCH

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