The MTV Video Music Awards saw a hefty drop in its ratings compared to 2017, after performers came out strong against President Donald Trump and the White House.
The awards show was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Monday night and averaged 2.25 million viewers. That’s a 16 percent drop from 2017’s 2.66 million viewers, according to Fox News. The network also saw a 20 percent drop in the coveted 18-49 age demographic. (RELATED: Professor, Media Contributor Thinks Ariana Grande Is Better Suited Than Jim Mattis To Fight ISIS)
Comedian Kevin Hart told the audience they were “allowed to kneel,” referring to Trump’s feud with NFL players who are using the national anthem to push their political agenda. “[In] this game you’re allowed to kneel,” Hart said. “In your face Trump, suck it.”
Singer Ariana Grande sang her song “God Is A Woman,” while locking hands with her mother and grandmother and took home the award for best pop song for “No Tears Left To Cry.”
Rapper Logic donned a shirt that read “F— the wall” and during the show immigrant families were separated by a wall on stage that eventually fell, allowing them to reunite.
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