Mental Health Take Center Stage at MTV VMA Awards
This was one of the better MTV Video Music Awards I've seen in a long time. They hyper focused on the music and the artists. They spent LESS time on all the reality shows that I always wonder, who watches it?
That said it was a very moving experience to see how much focus was placed on mental health and self-worth Sunday night. There was no shortage of Donald Trump comments, white supremacy, anti-discrimination moments.
Pink was a showstopper tonight and the mic drop moment for me what the performance by Logic. I've been following his suicide prevention song which is titled the national suicide lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Logic shared the stage with young superstar Alessia Cara and new artist of the evening, Khalid. You can argue that the most powerful voices to the 16-24 audience took a stand Sunday. That was just the beginning and that's when the tears started to roll. Logic was surrounded by suicide survivors and people affected by this tragic epidemic.
I looked at the faces in that audience Sunday and saw so many people that could relate to the message being given by so many artists. I was disappointed by how unplugged from what was happening in Houston they seemed to be but was overly impressed by the emphasis shown towards loving yourself.
Pink spoke directly to her daughter as she held the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. That was another moment from a pop icon that never ages, sound just amazing as she ever did, and gave us a mom to daughter teaching moment.
Music did it right tonight and they deserve the credit. I was highly disappointed in Katy Perry's bubblegum monologue tonight. I'm okay with cheese, but it was overdone for someone who should be finding herself. She still seems lost to me as our rival Taylor Swift seems to be defining herself. More on that later.
Kesha introduces Logic in this masterful performance I wanted to share.