Kendrick Lamar wins big, but absent Taylor Swift steals VMA show
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran won the top prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday, but an absent Taylor Swift and lifetime achievement honoree Pink dominated the show.
An angry Swift took on her critics in the world premiere of the music video for her first solo single in three years, “Look What You Made Me Do.”
The satirical music video depicted Swift, 27, crawling out of a grave and declaring her old self dead in a portrayal of a hard-edged artist with nothing left to lose, drawing more than 470,000 views on Youtube within an hour of its premiere.
Lamar, who went into Sunday’s event in Los Angeles with a leading eight nominations, kicked off the show with a medley that featured dancers in flames.