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The most touching speeches from the 2017 MTV VMAs

Listen to Pink's message to her daughter, Kesha Rose's note on suicide prevention, and Paris Jackson's call to resisting racism and white supremacy

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 28 Aug 2017

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The annual MTV Video Music Awards have just wrapped up and it wasn't without drama and lots of fanfare. But besides all the performances and shade-throwing acts (like Fifth Harmony's) that made our jaws drop, there were the speeches that moved most of us to tears.

Here's a roundup of some of the best.

1. Pink's message to her daughter
When she accepted the Video Vanguard Award, Pink took the chance to share the story of when her 6-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart said that she was the ugliest person she knew and how she looked "like a boy with long hair."

Pink's initial reaction: "Oh my god, you're 6, where is this coming from? Who said this? Can I kick a 6-year-old's ass?" Needless to say, you have to hear this powerful mama's speech for yourself.

2. Kesha Rose on suicide prevention
Like Jared Leto, Kesha decided to speak on the increasing rate of suicide and to urge viewers to seek help if they needed it.

"The truth is piercing and the truth is what matters," she said. "And the truth is that none of us is alone. It takes great courage to show the vulnerable side of being human, and we all have that vulnerable side. Whatever you're going through, however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone."

3. Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid's performance
Shortly after Kesha's touching speech, singers Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid took to the stage to perform the song, 1-800-273-8255, which doubles as the suicide prevention hotline in the United States. Joining them on stage were suicide survivors who sported white tees bearing the words 'You Are Not Alone'.

4. Paris Jackson calls out "Nazi white supremacist jerks"
Before presenting the award for Best Pop Video, Paris got political as she called out the "Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville" – she was of course, referring to the protest where white supremacist demonstrators and counter-protestors had engaged in open combat, earlier this month.

"Leaving here tonight remembering that 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. We must resist," Paris said.

Watch the encore telecast of the 2017 MTV VMAs tonight at 7pm on Astro Channel 713. Click here to see the full list of winners.

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