NEW YORK – The rapper Cardi B was made today with three of the ten prizes she was striving for as a favorite at a gala of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), very scattered, but not for the duo The Carters, consisting of Beyoncé and Jay -Z, which became empty in the main categories.
On the other hand, dressed in white shirts in which he said "We are all human", more than two dozen immigrant children and their parents Logic and Ryan Tedder accompanied the MTV Music Video Awards on Monday to protest against the policy of detention and separation of President Donald Trump's families.
The children, including a few little ones intimidated by the crowd, queued as a "human wall," waving a little and clapping to the rhythm of Logic's new song. One Day & # 39 ;. The artist premiered it on Friday with a video clip about an adolescent who was forced to divorce his parents and little brother on the border between the US and Mexico.
On the stage the parents appeared behind the children and they simulated encounters with hugs. The demonstrators held candles in the air at the end of the song.
Immigrant leaders from three activist groups, including We Dream and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, participated. Logica wore a black shirt in which he said "(GRISERIA) the wall".
Three weeks after the deadline imposed by a federal court to reunite families, the Department of Justice revealed last week that Trump's government continues to hold 565 of the children separated from their parents under federal detention, including 24 children. year that was supposed to meet their parents more than a month ago, according to a statement from coordinators of the demonstration.
List of winners of the MTV Music Video Awards, which were presented on Monday at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, in the main categories.
- Video of the year: Camila Cabello, "Havana".
- Artist of the year: Camila Cabello.
- Song of the year: "Rockstar", Post Malone with 21 Savage.
- Better new artist: Cardi B.
- Best collaboration: "Dinero", Jennifer López with DJ Khaled and Cardi B.
- Best pop video: Ariana Grande, "No Tears Left to Cry".
- Best hip-hop video: Nicki Minaj, "Chun-li".
- Best Latin video: "Mi gente", J Balvin and Willy William.
- Video with a message: Childish Gambino, "This is America".
- Summer number: "I Like It", Cardi B with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
- Artist "Push" of the year: Hayley Kiyoko.
- Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Jennifer Lopez.
With most major music artists absent, from Beyonce to Bruno Mars, the MTV Music Video Awards lacked star power and felt dull, and when they touched, it was for the wrong reasons.
Camila Cabello defeated Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post Malone as artist of the year.
"I can not believe that this is for me," Cabello said on the podium on Monday.
Cabello did the unthinkable later in the show when he was the main prize & # 39; video of the year & # 39; for & # 39; Havana & # 39; took home. The Cabello number was a No. 1 hit and of the nominees in this category it was the second most viewed "God & # 39; s Plan" of Drake. But that is partly because "Havana" was launched last year, while the other video's debuted this year.
It was the most surprising moment of the night and a clear message from MTV: whoever does not come will be punished; those who are present, rewarded.
Grande won the best pop video and Post Malone song of the year. Drake, the most successful artist of last year, has not won any prize. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar were limited to technical awards, such as editing, art direction, cinematography and visual effects. And "This Is America" from Gambino has won awards for the best direction, choreography and video with a message.
The show was again disappointing when Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and DJ Khaled won a better collaboration for & # 39; Dinero & # 39 ;, a song that did not reach beyond number 80 on the Hot 100 of Billboard and the success of Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia surpasses Line that broke records, "Meant to Be" and the popular remix of Mars and Cardi B from "Finesse".
And then came the obeisance to Aretha Franklin, a moment that Madonna did, well, completely about Madonna.
The iconic pop star talked and rumbled about the beginning of her career, finally telling the audience she was singing a Franklin song in a decisive audition for her.
"None of this would have happened without our soul wife," he said. "She took me to where I am now … I want to thank Aretha for empowering all of us … Long live the queen. & # 39;
Before that MTV showed a video of Franklin, who died last week and sang "I Say A Little Prayer".
The musical numbers of the VMA & # 39; s (as these prizes are also known in English as their acronym) generally had no clarity: Grande, accompanied by several dancers, bored with his interpretation of "God is a woman ", but added something of emotion when she was accompanied at the end of the performance by her mother, grandmother and nephew on stage. Travis Scott, whose album is number one for the second week in a row, had a lot of energy on the stage, but the song was more like the singer James Blake, who participates in Scott's album and sings as much as he does.
The Colombian star Maluma, who was twice nominated in the Latin music category, offered a more animated performance. But the best of the night was Lopez, who shone in the most energetic number of the night before receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
The New York star of Puerto Rican origin started slowly but soon became stronger when playing old hits like "Jenny from the Block", "I & # 39; m Real", accompanied by Ja Rule and "All I Have", which the vocal range of the skillful dancer
And even more exciting was his acceptance pleasure, in which he thanked his children, his mother and his partner, Alex Rodríguez, who were all in the audience.
With tears in his eyes, he looked at his "two little angels," as he called them, and said, "I am stronger and better here than ever … thanks to you, Max and Emme." He also mentioned "my soulmate" Rodriguez, who filmed his performance with his mobile phone.
"My life is sweeter and better with you in it," he said.
While Lopez's speech reached his heart, Cardi B made him laugh. The rapper, a brand new mother known for her sense of humor, did not "open" the show with a musical song but with a tender sketch: appeared on stage with something like a baby wrapped in a blanket and then revealed that It really was a trophy he had just received on the red carpet for his number one hit with Bad Bunny and J Balvin "I Like It".
She also won the best new artist and when she accepted the prize, she said that people told her that she "played her career" when she decided to become a mother.
"I got a baby, I was pregnant and now I still win prizes," he said.
He also seemed to speak with Nicki Minaj, who last week while promoting his new album criticized the fact that other musicians are hiring fans to listen to their music.
Cardi B said she was blessed with fans "who are not for sale", looking at the camera and being rude.
Nicki Minaj won the first prize in the television ceremony for the best hip-hop video. The rapper, who was trending this week after being annoyed about why her album debuted at number 2 behind Travis Scott, gave the first censored moment with a beep when she told the audience to listen to her radio program on Apple Music this week to listen "to whom (coarseness) the price of the day will go".
There was a political moment when Logic was accompanied on stage by a group of young immigrants wearing t-shirts in which they said "We are all human" in protest against the policies of President Donald Trump's government for families at the border with the United States of America. and Mexico. The rapper, best known for the suicide prevention anthem "1-800-273-8255", wore a T-shirt that said "(Rudeness) the wall."
Grande won the best pop video and thanked her fiancée Pete Davidson "for existing."
For the main nominees, Beyonce and Jay-Z were behind Cardi B with eight nominations for "Apesh-t", filmed at the Louvre in Paris. "This Is America" by Gambino, about racism and armed violence in the United States, had seven, as well as "God & # 39; s Plan" by Drake, who in his clip donated one million dollars to Miami residents.
Avicii, who died in April, won the best video dance for "Lonely Together" with Rita Ora.