NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 20, 2018) (MTV) – New York rapper Cardi B kicked off the MTV Video Music Award (VMA) show on Monday (August 20), where politics quickly took center stage with a performance highlighting U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies.
Dozens of immigrant children and their families, wearing white t-shirts saying “We are all human beings,” joined rapper Logic on the VMA stage in New York City for his song “One Day.”
The song and a new music video protest the zero tolerance policy that saw thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents in June after crossing the southern border with Mexico without documents.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance said in a statement that they and two other groups had helped to organize the performance.
Jennifer Lopez brought the audience to its feet with a song and dance medley of her biggest hits as she was presented with MTV’s annual Vanguard Award, named after Michael Jackson, recognizing her 20 years in show business.