MTV VMAs 2017: Winners, plus highlights from acts headed to Tampa Bay [live updates]

Why are we doing this to ourselves?

The VMAs — a grossly celebrated celebration of an art from that doesn’t even get airtime on the channel that brought it to the mainstream — are on.

You probably don’t care, and we probably shouldn’t, but it’s rainy AF out there. Plus, reading about Hurricane Harvey makes us too sad (our sheet cake moment, we guess).

So, here we are (and by “we” we mean Ray Twitter-ing and threading his tweets all by himself) reacting to the program and bringing you winners (see below) along with highlights featuring VMA personalities heading to Tampa Bay in the coming months.

Here we go. Winners at the very bottom on the post and highlights below.

  • Here's Taylor Swift's new video for "Look What You Made Me Do," which premiered on the program. Her last Bay area appearance was Halloween 2015, but a 2018 concert is all but a certainty. We detail for to get tickets here.

  • Best New Artist Khalid gets his merchandise needs handled by R I V A L S // G R P, a Tampa-based design and merchandising company. Read more here.
  • We'll drop some video of host Katy Perry performing "Swish Swish" at the awards show when it goes live. She plays Tampa in December. Details on that show here.


Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” [winner, playing Amalie Arena on September 1]

Big Sean – “Bounce Back”

Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” [read our review of his November performance in Tampa here]

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”


Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” [winner]

Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”

Calvin Harris – “My Way”

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”


Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”

Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”

Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” [read our review of the band's Tampa show here]

Green Day – “Bang Bang”

Foo Fighters – “Run”


Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” [Read coverage of Daveed Diggs here and here, and then see our interview with Leslie Odom Jr. here]

Big Sean – “Light”

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”

John Legend – “Surefire” [read our recap of Legend's private performance at the Tampa Convention Center here and a review of his Coachman Park show here]


Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” [read LJ's review of DAMN. here]

Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”

Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill”

DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak”

Halsey – “Now or Never”


Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”

The Weeknd – “Reminder”


Khalid [winner, read about the Tampa company handling his merch here]

Kodak Black

SZA [she plays a sold out show at Orpheum in Ybor City in October — read about it in our Fall Arts Preview]

Young M.A

Julia Michaels

Noah Cyrus


Bruno Mars

Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran [winner]

Ariana Grand

The Weeknd



Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”

Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

The Weeknd – “Reminder”


Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” [we paid tribute to the late, great Phife Dawg in last year's memorial issue]

KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” [see photos of Yachty rocking Jannus Live in St. Petersburg here]

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”

Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”


Kanye West – “Fade”

Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side”

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

Sia – “The Greatest”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”


Future – “Mask Off” [read our review of his August set at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre here, see photos of him opening for Drake last year here]

Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”

Lorde – “Green Light”

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”

The Weeknd – “Reminder”


Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” [see photos of Puth opening for Shawn Mendes in Tampa here]

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” [D.R.A.M. opens for Kendrick Lamar in Tampa — details]

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” [we wonder why everyone hates the 'smokies in this recap of the band's Tampa show]

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” [winner]


Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”

Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”

Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” [winner]

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”

Miley Cyrus – “Malibu”


Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi, Feat. Justin Bieber - "Despacito (Remix)"

Ed Sheeran - "Shape of You"

Shawn Mendes - "There's Nothing Holding Me Back"

Demi Lovato - "Sorry Not Sorry"

DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts"

Camila Cabello Feat. Quavo - "OMG"Fifth Harmony Feat. Gucci Mane - "Down"

Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3" [winner - Mr. Vert plays Amalie Arena in November — details]


Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE." (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) [winner]

Bruno Mars - "24K Magic" (Atlantic Records)

Alessia Cara - "Scars To Your Beautiful" (Def Jam)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts" (Epic Records/We The Best)

The Weeknd - "Reminder" (XO/Republic Records)

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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