One love! While all the stars gathered to celebrate each other’s accomplishments at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, it was also the first time the music community had gathered to pay tribute to Michael Brown. Common was the first person to address the shooting tragedy on stage at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Aug. 25, read what he had to say.
Celebrities always have a lot to say when it comes to taking the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Presenter Common took the opportunity to speak out about the Aug. 9 tragedy that took the life of Mike Brown, 18, and sparked protests and nationwide controversy.
VMAs Ferguson Tribute: Common Pays Emotional Tribute To Mike Brown
Taking the stage, Common, 42, let the audience including Snoop Dogg in a moment of silence. Before the audience quietly bowed their heads he spoke simply but emotionally about the recent events that have been unfolding after Mike Brown’s tragic shooting death: “For the past two weeks the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, MO the people in fee and St. Louis.”
He went on to say how many have “used their voices to call for justice and change.” Common paused and then said, “Every one of out lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth… hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike, for peace in our country and the world”
MTV also aired a dramatic spot paying tribute to the young unarmed man who lost his life: “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
HollywoodLifers, was the tribute the most moving moment of the night? What did you think of the VMAs? Let us know!
— Carolyn E. Davis