Keke Palmer Opens VMAs With Empowering Speech: ‘It’s Our Time To Be The Change’

Keke Palmer Opens VMAs With Empowering Speech: ‘It’s Our Time To Be The Change’

Keke Palmer Opens VMAs With Empowering Speech: ‘It is Our Time To Be The Change’

Keke Palmer is prepared for change. Are you?

The singer and actress was one of many first faces we noticed when the 2020 VMAs kicked off, and it was becoming — she is the present’s host, in spite of everything. However it’s what she did with that platform that actually seized the distinctive second that 2020 has discovered us all in. “I do not know if I used to be the primary alternative [to host], or the one one courageous sufficient to do it throughout COVID,” she joked from the center of Manhattan as a part of her monologue to start the present. “Both means, I obtained the job, loves!”

However whereas the jokes had been there — “2020 has undoubtedly been a tough yr for everybody, and I am not simply speaking about my edges” — so had been the frank calls to motion which have outlined the yr simply as a lot because the pandemic has. “We have seen heroes go above and past whether or not they drive a supply truck, work at a grocery retailer, or serve on the entrance traces at a hospital,” she mentioned.

“And with the Black Lives Matter motion, we have seen our era step up, take to the streets, and make suer our voices can be heard,” Palmer continued. “Sufficient is sufficient. What we simply witnessed in Kenosha, Wisconsin is one other devastating reminder that we cannot cease, that we will by no means tolerate police brutality or any injustice. We should proceed the struggle to finish systemic racism. The leaders of that motion are you, us, the individuals watching tonight. It is our time to be the change we need to see.”

Her monologue had been preceded by a particular acknowledgment she gave to Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, whose demise from colon most cancers was introduced on Friday night time (August 28). Palmer added her personal message: “We dedicate tonight’s present to a person whose spirit touched so many. He is a real hero, not simply onscreen however with the whole lot he did. His influence lives eternally.”

“I simply need to encourage individuals to say, like, hey, whether or not you are that new contemporary face that someone’s in search of, or whether or not you fell into it, or it is unintended, or no matter — working exhausting for it, that counts, too,” Palmer advised Gadget Clock Information earlier this month forward of the present. “Hold working exhausting, as a result of exhausting work does repay.”

Palmer’s internet hosting gig comes the identical weekend because the arrival of her newest EP, Virgo Tendencies, Pt. 1, which dropped on August 28 (naturally, only a few days after the kickoff of Virgo season). It options her singles “Snack,” “Sticky,” “Thick,” and “Virgo Tendencies.” Her monologue adopted a very dizzying, borderline death-defying efficiency of “Blinding Lights” from The Weeknd on the observstion deck the Edge at New York Metropolis’s Hudson Yards, 1,100 toes above the road.

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