Friday 23 February 2018

Fans vent their fury as Sheeran pips Grande to music award

Miley Cyrus during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Photos: PA/PA Wire
Miley Cyrus during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Photos: PA/PA Wire
Pink received an award to honour her 17-year career. Photo: PA
Ed Sheeran won the artist of the year award, prompting a backlash from Ariana Grande fans. Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP

Chris Graham

Ed Sheeran won the artist of the year award at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating rapper Kenrick Lamar and Ariana Grande.

Sheeran (26) thanked his fans after he was handed the award by 'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown.

However, his win angered fans of Ariana Grande, who believed she should have claimed the gong.

The American singer was performing in Manchester in May when a suicide bomber attacked the venue, killing 22 and injuring dozens of others.

Two weeks later, she won widespread praise as she returned to the city to stage an all-star concert to raise money for the families affected by the tragedy.

Moments after Sheeran was announced as winner, fans of Grande vented their anger on social media. However, it was Kendrick Lamar who was the big winner on a night when politics took centre stage. The rapper took home six awards for track 'HUMBLE', including video of the year.

The ceremony, hosted by an unimpressive Katy Perry, saw the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed protesting against a far-right rally in Charlottesville, launch a charity to promote her legacy. And six transgender soldiers and veterans attended The Forum arena after they were invited by MTV bosses in a rebuke against US President Donald Trump, who has banned new transgender recruits.

Pink (37), who was handed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to celebrate her 17-year career, also touched on politics by praising androgynous stars who "carry on and wave their flag and inspire the rest of us" despite facing attacks and criticism.

Irish Independent

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