Transcript for Pink steals the show with message of love and acceptance at MTV VMAs
Going to turn now to mtv's video music awards hosted by Katy Perry sending the people of Houston a heartfelt message and the night full of fiery performances by big winner Kendrick Lamar and an emotional speech by video vanguard award recipient pink, ABC's Nick watt is in L.A. This morning with more on it all. Good morning, Nick. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. Well, these awards are always fun and free-wheeling but last night we got a lot more. The music industry could not, would not ignore everything else that's happening in the country at the moment. Host Katy Perry gave a nod to the devastation happening right now in Houston. All of us here at the VMAs are sending love to the people of southeastern Texas and everyone affected by hurricane Harvey right now. Reporter: There was a new award category this year. Best fight against the system. Shared by the six nominees, logic, John legend and taboo highlighting issues from racism to immigration and native rights. Here with the frequency of love and just positivity. Reporter: Then came pastor Robert Lee. I'm a descendant of Robert E. Lee, the civil war general whose statue was at the center of violence in charlottesville. Today I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer god's call to confront racism and white supremacy head on. Reporter: Introduced Susan bro, the mother of the young woman killed in charlottesville. I have been deeply moved to see people across the world, the whole world find inspiration in her courage. Reporter: From inspiration to the music and pink stole that show. ??? Get this party started on a Saturday night ??? Reporter: Watch her 6-year-old daughter pulsating performance to mark her vanguard ward award. ??? What about love, what about trust what about -- The VMAs is always like fireworks. A little bit cooler. Reporter: Lots of noise. I can't hear you so you can say whatever you like. I feel like you want to pick a fight with us right now. He's very aggressive. We like to fight. Reporter: Anticipation. Maybe I'll kiss Ed sheeran today. Reporter: Taylor Swift dropped her new video "Look what you made me do". ??? Look what you made me do look what you made me do ??? Reporter: But didn't show up so no update on that apparent beef with host Katy Perry. Great. Reporter: Miley Cyrus danced with genuine older people. ??? Reporter: And veteran rod Stewart sang with dance. ??? Come on honey tell me so ??? Reporter: Do you even know who rod Stewart is. Rod Stewart? I know the name. Reporter: This face at Ed sheeran and fifth harmony had this and Katy and Nicki Minaj with the basketball theme and Ed sheer sheeran, understated speech. Video of the year. Kendrick Lamar. Reporter: Lamar bagged six moon people statues, in all that was the most of the night. He also performed. ??? Reporter: On a night when logic sang about mental health and alessia CARA about body shaming and pink delivered a message of love and acceptance. We don't change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl and we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty. Reporter: And one more political note. In the wake of the president's transgender in the military band a number of active service transgender military personnel showed up here last night. You know, the big message was art, music is not created in a vacuum. Lara. Indeed. Nick, I want to get back to Taylor Swift. As you said she premiered the video for "Look what you made me do," so many people talking about it. Already has 17 million views in less than 12 hours. Is it us or does she seem a little angry? In the video? Nick? Reporter: I think you're right, Lara. Right off the top she has a bit of a swipe at Kanye and then at the end she actually plays different versions of herself throughout the year, sort of throwing some of the criticism that has been leveled at her. It is a very angry video. You know what, you could watch it a thousand types and could pick apart the symbolism in every two second shot as I mentioned. We thought she was going to show up last night. Maybe bury the hatchet with Katy Perry. That did not happen. She dropped that video. She got loads of buzz. You know, in terms of marketing, Lara, she is playing an absolute blinder. People as you say a lot of people just can't stop talking about Taylor Swift. Absolutely. And the name of that album is "Reputation" and look what she made us do, watch it, listen to it over and over and over again. Nick watt, we thank you so much.
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