MTV VMA performance: Kendrick Lamar opened the show and it was lit — literally [WATCH]

Kendrick Lamar brought the house down at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards — almost literally. The critically hailed rapper opened the VMAs telecast with a performance of his songs “DNA” and “Humble” from his album “Damn,” and the performance included a flaming ninja and then a fiery cage climbed by more ninjas, and … well, you should really see it for yourself. Watch it above, and check out the complete list of VMA winners right here.

Lamar set a high bar for the rest of the night, but that wasn’t the last we saw of him. Far from it. Before the telecast even aired it was announced that he had won four awards for his “Humble” video: Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. Then during the telecast he also prevailed for Best Hip-Hop Video, bringing his total to five. And he ended the night by accepting the award for Video of the Year, bringing him six victories in all.

Those six victories tie “Humble” as the third most awarded video at the VMAs. Only Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer” (nine awards in 1987) and Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance” (seven awards in 2010) won more. Six other videos have actually won six VMAs, including classics like “Take on Me” by a-ha, (1986), “Losing My Religion” by REM (1991), “Tonight Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins (1996), “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim (2001), “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day (2005), and “Formation” by Beyonce just last year.

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