Katy Perry hosts the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif.
Katy Perry hosts the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. Matt Sayles

MTV VMAs 2017: Winners, red carpet and performances

PINK has delivered a showstopping speech about body image at MTV Video Music Awards.

The What About Us singer made the stirring statement while accepting her Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres.

Speaking on stage, Pink said her 6-year-old daughter Willow had recently told her, "Mama … I am the ugliest girl I know".

"And I said, 'huh?' And she was like, 'Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair,'" Pink told the crowd at The Forum in Los Angeles.

"And my brain went to, 'Oh, my god. You are 6. Why? Where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old's ass?' But I didn't say anything," Pink said.

"Then I said, 'I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.' She said, 'I look like a boy.'

"I said, 'What do you think I look like?'

Pink, left, accepts the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif.
Pink, left, accepts the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Ellen DeGeneres at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. Chris Pizzello

"She said, 'Well, you are beautiful.' I was like, 'Well, thanks. But when people make fun of me, that's what they use."

"They say that I look like a boy, or I am too masculine, too many opinions, my body is too strong.

"And I said to her, 'do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'no, Mama.' I said, 'do you see me changing my body?' 'No, Mama.'

"Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?' 'No, Mama.'

"So, baby girl, we don't change, we take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl.

"We help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty."

Meantime, Katy Perry raised eyebrows at the MTV Video Music Awards for her bizarre costumes and hosting style.

In one of the strangest VMAs openings ever, the Swish Swish singer was suspended from the roof, dressed in a silver space suit.

"My pee bag is kind of full," she said, in one of her stranger attempts at humour.

Her intergalactic-themed opening monologue failed to impress, with celebs including DeGeneres and Jack Antonoff seen looking visibly confused (and bored).

"I gotta get out of this space suit," Perry said as she stripped off to a nude bodysuit.

"2016 was terrible, but it feels like things are getting a little bit better in fashion."

Antonoff - who produced Taylor Swift's new song Look What You Made Me Do - preferred to eat a banana.

The VMAs have been full of wild (and braless) costumes, including Miley Cyrus who wore hot pink and seemed to forget her pants.

Miley Cyrus performs
Miley Cyrus performs "Younger Now" at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. Chris Pizzello

Other notable moments including Paris Jackson's political rant and Lorde, who did not sing a word on stage.

Presenting the first award for Best Pop Video to Fifth Harmony, Jackson took aim at race-fuelled violence in the United States.

"We must show these Nazi 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, hatred and discrimination," Jackson said.

Lorde danced through her whole performance ... and didn't sing at all.

The Green Light star was criticised on social media then took to Twitter to explain why - she has the flu "so bad" that she needed a pre-show IV.

Lorde performs
Lorde performs "Homemade Dynamite" at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. Matt Sayles

But it was Taylor Swift, who isn't even at the VMAs, who has stolen the show, premiering her Look What You Made Me Do video.

The Thriller-inspired clip features Swift dressed as clones of herself to represent the various stages of her career (and love life).

It ends with her repeating her quote about her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian: "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative".

Humble rapper Kenrick Lamar opened the star-studded ceremony, with a medley of songs including Humble and Loyalty, and featuring a fire performer who was completely doused in flames.

He went on to win the main award of the night, Video of the Year, for Humble.

Stars including Jackson (who wore Dior knickers and a sheer dress over the top) and a braless Demi Lovato turned heads on the blue carpet at the event known for pushing fashion's boundaries.

The VMAs, of course, were where Lady Gaga wore her infamous meat dress and Rose McGowan sported a G-string - and not much else - under a see-through chain dress with then-boyfriend, Marilyn Manson.

2017 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet

The awards also marked the long-running feud between Swift and Kanye West, when he interrupted her acceptance speech for best female video in 2009.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

Video of the Year: Kendrick Lamar "Humble"

Best Pop: Fifth Harmony (featuring Gucci Mane) "Down"

Best Choreography: Kanye West "Fade"

Song of the Summer: Lil Uzi Vert "XO Tour Llif3"

Best Dance: Zedd and Alessia Cara "Stay"

Best Collaboration: Zayn and Taylor Swift "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"

Best Hip Hop: Kendrick Lamar "Humble"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Pink

Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist: Khalid

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