KENDRICK LAMAR WINS BIG AT THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2017 164

Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video.

The 2017 MTV VMAs at the Forum in Inglewood, California, kicked off with lasers, fire and Kendrick Lamar. Break dancers performed amidst the light beams and fog as the rapper performed “DNA.” The song culminated with a ninja break-dancing while engulfed in flames. Then, the rapper transitioned to Humble” and Lamar’s backup performers, who were wearing martial arts uniforms, clamoured up and down a ladder that was set ablaze.

Ed Sheeran then took the stage to perform “Shape of You” against a prismatic set before Lil Uzi hopped onstage to add a few rap lines and helped Sheeran close out the song before the two launched into “XO TOUR Llif3.

The show cut to a skit featuring host Katy Perry hatching up a scheme to visit space, asking for advice from Buzz Aldrin, Peggy Whitson, Abbi Jacobson, Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon who reminded Perry, “I wasn’t really on Apollo 13.” Perry then detailed her fictional trip to space before she floated down to the stage in her holographic space suit.

When she got to the stage, Perry explained to the audience that she has been missing in action because of her trip to space.

She said: “The world is doing so well right? Everything is fine? Great! Maybe not so much.”

Perry explained she wanted to change clothes. As she started to disrobe, she went through a rack of clothes. At one point, she took a “Handmaid’s Tale” uniform out and asked what it was. She said, “You guys have really been going through it, haven’t you? How the f**k are you coping right now?” before she was handed a fidget spinner as an explanation.

Paris Jackson presented best pop video award, but not before giving an impassioned statement against white supremacists.

“Let’s leave here tonight remembering 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,” said Jackson. “We must resist.”

Fifth Harmony won best pop video for “Down and they got teary as they thanked their families and Gucci Mane, who was on the stage with them.

Hailee Steinfeld announced Julia Michaels’ performance of “Issues.”

The VMAs premiered  Taylor Swift’s video for her new single Look What You Made Me Do” while a new minutes laterYara Shahidi announced Shawn Mendes’ performance of “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back.”

Perry returned to the stage with a message for people affected by Hurricane Harvey and said, “We are praying for your safety … because we’re all in this together.”

Alessandra Ambrosio and Jack Antonoff, who sported a prominent Star of David necklace, announced a performance by Lorde.

Lorde opened by turning on a boom box onstage and dancing to her song “Homemade Dynamite.” Later, backup dancers joined her to lift her into the air so she could float over the stage. She ended the performance without singing a single word.

Pete Wentz and Teyana Taylor presented best dance, which went to “Stay” by Alessia Cara and Zedd.

DJ Khaled took the stage with his baby, Asahd Tuck Khaled, who Perry said would obviously win the social media baby contest. He then announced a performance by Fifth Harmony. The girl group started with “Angel” before transitioning into “Down.”

Ludacris and Olivia Munn presented best collaboration, which went to “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn and Taylor Swift. Jack Antonoff and his “favorite new artist” Sam Dew accepted the award on the singers’ behalf.

Jared Leto took the stage to pay tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Soundgarden front-man Chris Cornell.

Leto then urged audience members and viewers at home to stand up for a performance by Linkin Park.

A few minutes later, host Perry announced a performance by Miley Cyrus, who sang “Younger Now” after shouting, “Love you, Katy!”

Cardi B announced a spirited performance of “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato.

Later, P!nk appeared onstage in a convertible to sing a medley of her songs, including “Get the Party Started” and “Raise Your Glass” before hopping onto an ATV to sing “So What” as backup singers danced nearly nude with only black bars to cover themselves.

P!nk then sang “Don’t Let Me Get Me” and “Just Give Me A Reason” against a screen playing her old music videos before she performed her newest single “What About Us.”

After Pink’s performance, Ellen DeGeneres took the stage to present the Vanguard Award to P!nk.

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown took the stage to present artist of the year and quipped, “Just last year, I was stuck in the upside down and now I’m here.” The award went to Brown’s “personal favorite” Ed Sheeran.

Vanessa Hudgens announced a performance by Alessia Cara.

Kesha announced a performance of “1-800-273-8255” by Alessia Cara and Logic, encouraging people to seek help and advice. The song title is also the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Bebe Rexha and The Chainsmokers presented best new artist, which went to Khalid, before Thirty Seconds to Mars sang “Walk on Water” with a performance that saw them appear as a heat map.

Reverend Robert Mead IV took the stage and said:

“I am a descendent of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was at the center of violence. We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy. As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin. Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on. We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January and especially Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.”

Mead then introduced Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, who said of her daughter:

“I miss her, but I know she’s here tonight. I have been deeply moved to see people across the world, the whole world, find inspiration in her courage.” She announced the launch of the Heather Heyer Foundation, which will provide scholarships to “help people join Heather’s fight against hatred. I want people to know that Heather never marched alone. She was always joined by people of every race and every background in this country.”

She announced that MTV decided to honor all six nominees for its category, best fight against the system, adding:

“I congratulate all these artists on their VMA tonight and I look forward to the important work that they and all of you will do together to make the world a better, kinder place. Thank you.”

Hailey Baldwin announced the performance of the “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” reboot by Rod Stewart and DNCE, who put on a colorful and flashy performance from Las Vegas.

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot presented video of the year, which went to “Humble.” by Kendrick Lamar.

Noah Cyrus announced a performance by host Perry and Nicki Minaj who together closed out the ceremony.

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2017 VMA’s:

Video of the Year: Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”
Best New Artist: Khalid
Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran
Best Hip Hop Video: Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”
Best Collaboration: Zayn and Taylor Swift: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
Best Pop Video: Fifth Harmony: “Down” [ft. Gucci Mane]
Best Dance Video: Zedd and Alessia Cara: “Stay”
Best Rock Video: Twenty One Pilots: “Heavydirtysoul”
Song of the Summer: Lil Uzi Vert: “XO Tour Llif3”
Best Direction: Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”
Best Cinematography: Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”
Best Visual Effects: Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”
Best Choreography: Kanye West: “Fade”
Best Editing: Young Thug: “Wyclef Jean”
Best Fight Against the System (all nominees win):Logic: “Black SpiderMan”; The Hamilton Mixtape: “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”; Big Sean: “Light”; Alessia Cara: “Scars to Your Beautiful”; Taboo: “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” [ft. Shailene Woodley]; John Legend: “Surefire”

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BRITISH SOAP AWARDS 2018 TO AIR LIVE; SHORTLIST NOMINATIONS REVEALED 23

The British Soap Awards returns to ITV in June and for the first time in the show’s history will be broadcast live. Celebrating its big 2-0, the annual awards will take place in London at The Hackney Empire and will honour the nation’s biggest and most-loved TV shows.

Celebrating another mammoth year in soap opera, the awards will look back on twelve months of murder, mystery, make-ups, break ups, trials, tribulations and tears. An incredible year in which the Slater family returned to Albert Square in EastEnders, Phelan’s reign of terror continued in Coronation Street, Lily self harmed on Hollyoaks, Ross Barton’s life changed forever in Emmerdale and PC Rob Hollins life was shattered after Ayesha’s Mum died on his watch in Doctors.

The five biggest soaps – Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks – will be battling it out to win recognition for their work over the past year.  Some of the biggest faces from all five soaps will be hitting the red carpet for the most star-studded and glamorous event in the soap calendar. 

Hosted by Phillip Schofield, the live awards will be presented by an array of well-known faces from across the TV and showbiz world. 

The British Soap Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the country’s most popular television genre.  There are 16 awards voted for either by the public or a panel of expert judges.

Here, we presents the full Soap Awards shortlist.

VIEWER-VOTED CATEGORIES

Best British Soap
Coronation Street
Doctors
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Best Actor
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)
Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale)
Theo Graham (Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Actress
Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price, Coronation Street)
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle, Emmerdale)
Anna Passey (Sienna Blake, Hollyoaks)

Greatest Moment
Richard Hillman drives his family into the canal (Coronation Street, 2003)
Vivien’s rape (Doctors, 2008)
‘You ain’t my mother’ (EastEnders, 2001)
Hotten bypass crash (Emmerdale, 2016)
Jade says goodbye to Alfie (Hollyoaks, 2016)

PANEL-VOTED CATEGORIES

Villain of the Year
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Ryan Prescott (Liam Slade, Doctors)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Gillian Kearney (Emma Barton, Emmerdale)
David Easter (Mac Nightingale, Hollyoaks)

Best Male Dramatic Performance
Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street)
Chris Walker (Rob Hollins, Doctors)
Jake Wood (Max Branning, EastEnders)
Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
Ross Adams (Scott Drinkwell, Hollyoaks)

Best Female Dramatic Performance
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)
Laura Rollins (Ayesha Lee, Doctors)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler, EastEnders)
Natalie J Robb (Moira Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nadine Mulkerrin (Cleo McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Storyline
Phelan’s reign of terror (Coronation Street)
‘Consequences’ – Rob Hollins’s PTSD (Doctors)
Karma for Max (EastEnders)
Who Killed Emma? (Emmerdale)
Lily’s self-harm (Hollyoaks)

Best Newcomer
Nicola Thorp (Nicola Rubinstein, Coronation Street)
Reis Bruce (Austin Lonsdale, Doctors)
Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Andrew Scarborough (Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Young Actor
Matilda Freeman (Summer Spellman, Coronation Street)
Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher, EastEnders)
Isobel Steele (Liv Flaherty, Emmerdale)
Ela-May Dermican (Leah Barnes, Hollyoaks)

Best On-Screen Partnership
Bhavna Limbachia and Faye Brookes (Rana Nazir and Kate Connor, Coronation Street)
Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Dr Daniel Granger and Dr Zara Carmichael, Doctors)
Lacey Turner and Jake Wood (Stacey Fowler and Max Branning, EastEnders)
Ned Porteous and Andrew Scarborough (Joe Tate and Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Theo Graham (Prince McQueen and Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Best Single Episode
Eva and Aidan’s wedding debacle (Coronation Street)
‘Stop All The Clocks’ (Doctors)
Max’s last stand (EastEnders)
Cain and Faith flashback (Emmerdale)
Three Mothers, Three Daughters (Hollyoaks)

Best Comedy Performance
Louiza Patikas (Moira Pollock, Coronation Street)
Ian Midlane (Al Haskey, Doctors)
Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, EastEnders)
Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)
Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Scene of the Year
The grooming of Bethany (Coronation Street)
Bollywood proposal (Doctors)
Lauren and Abi’s rooftop fall (EastEnders)
Emma meets her fate (Emmerdale)
Scott’s suicide note (Hollyoaks)

The winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award and The Tony Warren Award will be announced on the night.

The British Soap Awards 2018 will be held at London’s Hackney Empire on Saturday, June 2 and will air live on ITV for the first time in the ceremony’s history.

CORRIE TO AIR MALE SUICIDE STORYLINE NEXT WEEK 33

Coronation Street is to highlight the important issue of male suicide when Aidan Connor tragically takes his own life.

In episodes to be screened the week of May 7th viewers will hear that Johnny Connor has discovered his son’s body at his Victoria Street flat, after Aidan failed to turn up for work at the factory.

As the news of what Aidan has done spreads, his devastated family and friends try to come to terms with the shock of their loss and begin to question why they hadn’t spotted any signs that he was struggling to cope with life.

Viewers will last see Aidan on screen on Monday 7th May when he goes to see Eva at the cottage where she is living after giving birth to baby Susie, before returning to a family party at the Rovers. His final scene will see him back at his flat alone. No element of the suicide will be shown on screen.

Johnny makes the devastating discovery at the beginning of an hour long episode on May 9th.

Actor Shayne Ward, the writers and production team, have worked closely with charities Samaritans and CALM to ensure the storyline is handled sensitively and realistically.

Shayne Ward said: “I am honoured to have been trusted with a storyline like this, it shows the confidence that Kate and the team had in me to be able to play it. When you get given a storyline like this it is a decision that is not taken lightly, I have played it with as much honesty and truth as I could. I am very proud of what I have done in my three years on the show and on this storyline in particular.

“Aidan is an ‘everyman’ figure, he is someone men can identify with, which is important in telling this story.”

“Talking could have helped Aidan to turn his life around. It could have brought him relief from what he was going through. This is what his loved ones would have wanted. Suicide is a very permanent response to what are usually temporary problems.

“We all know someone who has maybe felt like Aidan did, someone who found it hard to talk and we have all heard stories like Aidan’s when it was too late, when people looked back and wished they had spotted the signs, but it isn’t always possible. If we can encourage someone who is feeling low, who is having the sort of thoughts Aidan was having, to realise they need to talk, then we have achieved what we set out to with this story.”

Aidan’s devastated family and friends try to come to terms with the shock of their loss.

Coronation Street Producer Kate Oates said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in this country. With 84 men taking their lives each week, we quite simply can’t afford to not talk about it.

“Aidan’s story, bravely and brilliantly tackled by Shayne Ward, is designed to give people who hide their feelings of desperation a chance to start a conversation, letting someone know what they’re going through. Through this story, we want to assure anyone who feels suicidal that there is always someone who wants to listen and support you: whether a friend, family member, or one of the brilliant charities we have been working with throughout this story.”

Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, said: “We were pleased that Coronation Street invited us to work with them on Aidan’s storyline. Suicide is clearly a very sensitive topic and one that presents some distinct challenges for producers of soaps. This is why Samaritans publishes media guidance and works with programme makers.

“Soaps can play an incredibly powerful role in increasing people’s awareness and understanding of difficult issues. Viewers will see the devastating impact of suicide and the effect that it has on families – it’s never the case that others would be better off without you.

“By illustrating the dangers of staying silent when it feels like life’s challenges are overwhelming, we hope others who are struggling will be encouraged to reach out for support. And, if viewers are worried about someone else, we hope it will inspire them to be brave and open up a conversation.

“You won’t make things worse, but you could start that person on the road to recovery.”

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said: “Coronation Street is doing vital work in highlighting such an important issue with this storyline. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, where three in every four suicides are male. The reasons for this are many and complex, but at CALM we focus on the cultural and societal aspects, including the pressures men face and how societal expectations can limit help seeking when life gets tough.

“Working with Coronation Street has allowed us to engage a huge audience in the devastating effect of suicide, while providing a platform to highlight the help that is available for those in need of support.”

Aidan’s final episodes will air the week beginning Monday 7th May.