The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards were handed out on Sunday, August 27, during a ceremony that took place live at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Gold Derby was in the audience throughout the three-hour awards show, and we noticed quite a few things from our vantage point that you didn’t get to see on TV. Here are the Top 7 secrets from the 2017 VMAs:
Pink’s magical car – The car that Pink flew across the crowd was actually hidden up in the rafters throughout the entire show. Crew members lowered it down to the stage for her big performance, and then raised it back up again out of sight immediately after Pink jumped out.
Was the money real? – Pink’s backup dancers threw hundreds of bills from the car during her performance of “Get The Party Started,” but it was all fake cash. During commercial break, crew members were seen sweeping the papers bills off the stage and onto the floor with the other trash.
Celeb VIP section — Instead of sitting in the main theater seats with the rest of the audience, all of the celebs who attended the show — Ellen DeGeneres, Millie Bobby Brown, Ed Sheeran, etc — were grouped together in a small VIP section. Needless to say, there were quite a few security goons guarding that entrance.
Susan Bro brings the tears — Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed in the Charlottesville attack, brought the audience to tears when she spoke about acceptance and tolerance. The entire crowd stood up for the duration of Bro’s speech, and then showered her with applause when she left the stage.
Kendrick fans are the loudest — Whenever Kendrick Lamar was listed as a nominee in a category, his fans cheered the loudest and shouted “Kendrick!” from all corners of the Forum. Lamar went on to win Video of the Year and Hip Hop Video, among others. See the complete list of VMA winners.
Katy earns mixed reaction — While most of host Katy Perry‘s jokes earned respectable chuckles, her voicemail gag prompted head-scratches from the crowd. And lots of folks seemed confused with her “Handmaid’s Tale” reference — did they not get it, or did they just not think it was funny?
People leaving early — Perhaps in an effort to watch the “Game of Thrones” finale as soon as possible, hoards of people were seen leaving the Forum before the show ended. Their loss! Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj‘s closing performance of “Swish Swish” was one of the evening’s highlights.