No Black performers take home a VMA
Senegal Mabry | 8/28/2013, 9:56 a.m. | Updated on 8/28/2013, 9:56 a.m.
This year's MTV Video Music Awards were devoid of Black winners. With artists like A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole in the running for awards, none of these Black artist won. African Americans and Caribbean Americans could only be found in the nominations of four of the 10 categories for the VMAs.
Even in the hip-hop category, which African American’s have won for the last two years, Drakes song "HYFR" in 2012 and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" went up against Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's song “Can’t Hold Us" took the trophy.
In the Best Female Music Video category, Rihanna's video “Stay” came in at last place, and in Best Male music video category Kendrick Lamar's “Swimming Pools” music video came second to last. Hip Hop was born according to the Gurdian in the South Bronx on August 13th 1973 when DJ Kool Herc combined “raw cuts from live albums” with his own spoken word for his younger sisters birthday party and became the first Hip Hop artist.
While the buzz around the VMA's perfomances has mostly been around its white musicians, Kanye West did perform “Blood On The Leaves," a remix of Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit (1939)” about the lynching of African Americans in the South. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Drake also performed, but not a single Black artist could make it out of the candidate category and take home the award show's coveted moon man prize.