Rapper Kendrick Lamar on Sunday won MTV's Video of the Year for "HUMBLE.," his ironic take on fame and fortune, as he became the big winner of the channel's awards.
Lamar, one of the most acclaimed rappers of his time, also took Best Hip-Hop Video and technical awards for the video to the song, in which he is depicted as everything from the pope to Jesus during "The Last Supper."
The track appears on Lamar's latest album "DAMN.," on which he turned to a more traditional hip-hop sound after the jazz experimentation of his previous work, "To Pimp a Butterfly."
Lamar opened the Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in fiery form with "HUMBLE.," on a martial arts-themed set that ended with dancers dressed like ninjas climbing a fence on fire.
Other winners include Ed Sheeran as Artist of the Year, Khalid as Best New Artist, and Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane as Best Pop Video for "Down".
The evening had a political tone. The late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, who presented the award for best pop video, made a statement about the violence between right-wing and antifa protestors.
"Let's leave here tonight remembering that we must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with 'liberty' as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, their hatred and their discrimination," she said. "We must resist."
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville while marching against neo-Nazis also addressed the audience.
Katy Perry will host this year's MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced on Thursday, as it turned to one of pop music's most visible stars for its big gala.
Perry was also the first performer announced for the awards, which will be aired globally from Los Angeles on August 27.
MTV broke the news by posting a picture of the newly blonde singer clad as an astronaut -- a nod to the awards' "Moonman" statuette and the network's early commercials.
In a statement, Perry joked that she had started "training in zero gravity."
MTV has experimented with different host formats for the annual party, which are generally better remembered for attention-grabbing on-stage incidents than for the award winners.
Miley Cyrus hosted the event two years ago, but in 2016, MTV decided to have multiple presenters throughout the night rather than a single host.
Perry, the only person with more than 100 million followers on Twitter, is up for five VMAs this year for "Chained to the Rhythm," her disco-inspired track whose video presents a sci-fi amusement park fantasy.
The 32-year-old has three videos that have reached one billion views on YouTube, led by "Roar."
Adam DeVine hosted the newly revamped MTV Movie & TV Awards Sunday night live from Los Angeles, where "Get Out" led the pack of both big and small screen contenders with six nominations. But the night belonged to the bad-ass girls, with winners like Emma Watson and Millie Bobbie Brown.
South Africa based Malawian artist, Gemini Major, has been announced as a headliner of the 2016 UMP Festival set for November 6 in Blantyre.