The VMA’s were last night, some highlights include subtle shade being thrown. We’ll start with Fifth Harmony: Before performing their song “Down,” five members of Fifth Harmony took the stage, but that number quickly turned to four when the fifth member was thrown off stage. Twitter immediately took the move as a diss to former member, Camila Cabello, who left the group last year to pursue a solo career.
Adam Levine took shots at Lorde online. Shortly after best new artist finalist Julia Michaels kicked off her performance of her hit single “Issues,” MTV dropped the sound and began announcing upcoming show highlights via voiceover before cutting to commercial. And Adam Levine was not about it. “Julia Michaels gets cut off while she’s singing and Lorde gets to NOT sing her whole song,” the Maroon 5 frontman tweeted of the awards. (After tweeting about having the flu, Lorde took the stage to dance to, but not sing, her entire Melodrama track “Homemade Dynamite.”)
Midway through the VMAs last night, just before his band Thirty Seconds To Mars were schedule to perform, Jared Leto made a surprising solo appearance to pay tribute to two of the most iconic frontmen and singers in the entire history of alternative rock, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, both of whom took their own lives earlier this year. Leto shared that he had had the benefit and pleasure of touring with both men and spoke from the heart about their incredible contributions to the world of music, the immense amount of respect and love that they had for one another, and their character as human beings.
If you’ll remember, Bennington served as the Godfather to Cornell’s children, sang the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” at his funeral, and ultimately killed himself in the same exact manner as Cornell on the singer’s birthday just a few weeks back. Before he was finished, Leto demanded that everyone in the LA Forum stand on their feet — “I’ve got all day” — then introduced a vibrant, heart-wrenching clip of Linkin Park performing at the VMAs back in 2010, before a black and white image of Bennington flashed across the screen.