2017 MTV Video Music Awards

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2017 MTV Video Music Awards
DateSunday, August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
VenueThe Forum (Inglewood, California)
CountryUnited States
Hosted byKaty Perry
Most awardsKendrick Lamar (6)
Most nominationsKendrick Lamar (8)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime185 minutes
Produced byBruce Gillmer
Garrett English
Jesse Ignjatovic
Directed byAlex Rudzinski
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The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 27, 2017 at The Forum in Inglewood, California,[1] honoring music videos released between June 25, 2016 and June 23, 2017. It was hosted by Katy Perry.[2][3] The 34th annual award show aired live from the venue for the second time in its history. The music video for Taylor Swift's song "Look What You Made Me Do" premiered during the broadcast. Lil Yachty co-hosted the pre-show with Terrence J, Charlamagne Tha God, and MTV News' Gaby Wilson, while Gabbie Hanna hosted backstage for the show.[4] It was broadcast across various Viacom networks and their related apps.

Compared to the previous year, viewership was down from 6.5 million to 5.68 million viewers, making it the lowest viewed show since 1994. A combination of having to compete with the season finale of HBO's Game of Thrones, which drew over 12.07 million viewers, and the ability to now stream the award show online is said to account for the drop in viewership.[5][6]


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Cardi B "Bodak Yellow"
Bleachers "Don't Take the Money"
Khalid "Location"
"Young Dumb & Broke"
Main show
Kendrick Lamar "DNA"
Ed Sheeran
Lil Uzi Vert
"Shape of You"
"XO Tour Llif3"
Julia Michaels "Issues"
Shawn Mendes "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
Lorde "Homemade Dynamite"
Fifth Harmony
Gucci Mane
Miley Cyrus "Younger Now"
Demi Lovato "Sorry Not Sorry"
(Pre-Taped from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas)
Pink Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Medley
"Get the Party Started"
"Raise Your Glass"
"So What"
"Fuckin' Perfect"
"Just Give Me a Reason"
"Don't Let Me Get Me"
"Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"
"What About Us"
Kyle "iSpy"
James Arthur "Say You Won't Let Go"
(Part of a Commercial)
Alessia Cara "Scars to Your Beautiful"
Alessia Cara
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Travis Scott
"Walk on Water"
"Butterfly Effect"
Rod Stewart
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
(Pre-Taped from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas)
Katy Perry
Nicki Minaj
"Swish Swish"
After-show (only web)
Demi Lovato "Cool for the Summer"




  • Gaby Wilson — announced the winners of Best Choreography and Song of the Summer

Main show[edit]


Winners and nominees[edit]

The list of nominations was revealed on July 25, 2017. For the nominations, MTV continued to eliminate gender-specific awards categories, as they did at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. MTV also announced the "Moonman" statue would be renamed a "Moon Person".[14] The Best Female and Best Male Video awards were replaced with one category, Artist of the Year. Kendrick Lamar leads the list of nominees with eight categories, while Katy Perry, The Weeknd, and DJ Khaled received the second most nods with five.[15] Nominees for Song of the Summer category were announced on August 22, 2017.[16] Winners are listed in bold.[17]

Video of the Year[edit]

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble"

Artist of the Year[edit]

Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist[edit]


Best Collaboration[edit]

Zayn and Taylor Swift — "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"

Best Pop[edit]

Fifth Harmony (featuring Gucci Mane) — "Down"

Best Hip Hop[edit]

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble"

Best Dance[edit]

Zedd and Alessia Cara — "Stay"

Best Rock[edit]

Twenty One Pilots — "Heavydirtysoul"

Best Fight Against the System[edit]

Best Cinematography[edit]

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble." (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)

Best Direction[edit]

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble." (Directors: Dave Meyers and The Little Homies)

Best Art Direction[edit]

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble." (Art Director: Spencer Graves)

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble." (Visual Effects: Jonah Hall of Timber)

Best Choreography[edit]

Kanye West — "Fade" (Choreographers: Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Jae Blaze and Derek Watkins)

Best Editing[edit]

Young Thug — "Wyclef Jean" (Editors: Ryan Staake and Eric Degliomini)

Song of the Summer[edit]

Lil Uzi Vert — "XO Tour Llif3"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Geffen, Sasha (April 20, 2017). "Here's When You Can Watch The 2017 VMAs This Summer". MTV News. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Fekadu, Mesfin (July 25, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar is leader of MTV VMAs with 8 nominations". Associated Press. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Katy Perry Is Ready To Be Your 'Moonwoman' As Host Of The 2017 VMAs". MTV News. July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV.
  5. ^ "Viewership down for MTV's Video Music Awards". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  6. ^ "The 2017 VMAs Drew Lowest Ratings in MTV History". Complex. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  7. ^ "VMAs: Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran to Perform". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  8. ^ "Video Music Awards Performers". MTV. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Twitter message[dead link]
  10. ^ Video Music Awards [@vmas] (August 23, 2017). "🔥 🚀 @ddlovato will perform at the 2017 #VMAs! 🔥 🚀 https://t.co/wFrSSJQL9t" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 11, 2021. Retrieved September 22, 2021 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Demi Lovato, DNCE, and Rod Stewart Will Perform at the VMAs — with a Very Sexy Twist". MTV.
  12. ^ "Ready for More? Alessia Cara and Kyle Will Perform at the 2017 VMAs". MTV.
  13. ^ "VMAs Presenters List 2017: Stars Presenting At MTV Video Music Awards". Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  14. ^ Kreps, Daniel. "MTV Changing VMA Moonman to Gender-Neutral Award". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  15. ^ "VMAs: Kendrick Lamar Tops Nominations as MTV Continues to Eliminate Gendered Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Roth, Madeline (August 22, 2017). "Demi, Camila, 5H, and More Will Battle It Out for the VMA Song of the Summer Award". MTV. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  17. ^ MTV Press (August 27, 2017). "2017 "VMA" Winners and Performances". Archived from the original on August 28, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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