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2017 MTV Video Music Awards

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.

2017 MTV Video Music Awards
DateAugust 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
NetworkMTV, MTV2, VH1, MTV Classic, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Spike & TV Land
Runtime185 minutes

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]




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

Main showEdit


Winners and nomineesEdit

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 YearEdit

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble"

Artist of the YearEdit

Ed Sheeran

Best New ArtistEdit


Best CollaborationEdit

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

Best PopEdit

Fifth Harmony (featuring Gucci Mane) — "Down"

Best Hip HopEdit

Kendrick Lamar — "Humble"

Best DanceEdit

Zedd and Alessia Cara — "Stay"

Best RockEdit

Twenty One Pilots — "Heavydirtysoul"

Best Fight Against the SystemEdit

Best CinematographyEdit

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

Best DirectionEdit

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

Best Art DirectionEdit

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

Best Visual EffectsEdit

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

Best ChoreographyEdit

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

Best EditingEdit

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

Song of the SummerEdit

Lil Uzi Vert — "XO Tour Llif3"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard AwardEdit

See alsoEdit


  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.
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  5. ^ "Viewership down for MTV's Video Music Awards". Washington Post. 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.
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  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". Retrieved August 27, 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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