The Weeknd kicked off the 37th annual MTV Video Music Awards Sunday in New York City.
The Weeknd performed “Blinding Lights” on a rooftop overlooking Manhattan. The singer was joined by a helicopter that flew by. The performance ended in fireworks.
Palmer also called for the end of systemic racism and stated that music has healing powers.
The ceremony was moved from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lady Gaga and Arianna Grande won Best Collaboration for “Rain on Me.”
Gaga and Grande lead all artists with nine nominations each. The duo’s song, “Rain on Me,” is nominated for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Choreography.