Katy Perry was a somewhat surprising choice to host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. She had never done it before, and though she has plenty of experience with high-pressure live performances — like the Super Bowl Halftime Show and the Democratic National Convention — hosting the VMAs is a much different undertaking, though not entirely uncharted territory for the singer. So how did she do? Watch her closing performance of “Swish Swish” with Nicki Minaj above, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. And you can check out the full list of VMA winners right here.
Perry previously hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008 and 2009, and she also showed off her comedic chops by hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2011. So she opened these Video Music Awards with humor by visiting Mars, where she was disappointed by the lack of a cell phone signal — no way to share those Martian selfies. Then she poked fun at the terrible political climate by holding up a newspaper whose headline read, “The world is on fire!” Later she poked fun at the notorious Fyre Festival from earlier this year. But then she found a more current topic when at around 10:25pm Eastern she dressed as Daenerys Targaryen and acknowledged that about 10 million viewers were probably just tuning into the VMAs as the “Game of Thrones” season finale concluded on HBO.
The show ended with Perry and Minaj’s basketball-themed performance of “Swish Swish,” whose official music video just premiered on August 24 and already has about 40 million YouTube views as of this writing. So we might see Perry at the VMAs again next year as a nominee. But until then, what did you think of her as emcee and performer? Vote below, and discuss this and more in our forums.