Fifth Harmony seemed surprised when they won Best Pop Video for “Down” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. They probably shouldn’t have been. They win all the time at the VMAs — in fact, they rarely lose. After they accepted the award early in the evening along with featured artist Gucci Mane, they came back for a memorable performance on stage. Watch their medley above, and see the complete list of VMA winners right here.
The girl group began their performance by singing “Angel” atop a high platform. Then they abruptly dived back out of sight before reappearing in glass boxes. They kicked their way out to perform “Down.” Group member Normani Kordei, who might know a thing or two about dancing, dropped to the ground in a split that elicited an exhilarated reaction from Bebe Rexha in the audience. Rexha presented an award later in the evening and couldn’t resist giving Kordei a belated shout-out about the performance.
Fifth Harmony have now won four MTV VMAs. They won Artist to Watch (the Best New Artist award) in 2014 for “Miss Movin’ On” in a surprise victory against Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Charli XCX. They lost Song of the Summer in 2015 for “Worth It,” but then they won that category in 2016 for “All in My Head (Flex)” along with Best Collaboration for “Work from Home” with Ty Dolla Sign. This year they had three nominations, but won just once. They were also up for Best Choreography and Song of the Summer for “Down”; they lost those awards, but still managed to claim Best Pop Video in a competitive race against Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”) and Harry Styles (“Sign of the Times”).
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