Alessia Cara Breaks Down The ‘Personal Statement’ Behind Her VMA Performance

Alessia Cara Breaks Down Personal Statement Behind Her Vma Performance

Alessia Cara left the VMAs this past weekend with some serious hardware, taking home her first two Moon Person trophies ever. Not only did the singer win Best Dance for her and Zedd’s Stay, but she was also one of five winners in the newly revamped Best Fight Against the System category, which honors music videos with timely social messages.

Cara spoke about the latter award with MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson, saying, I think it was such an amazing thing that they gave it to everybody, because I feel like everybody who speaks their truth... deserves to be recognized. It’s important that we all speak up for certain things that we believe in and against certain things that we don’t. Thank you to all the artists who are doing that and using their privilege and using their platforms.

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In Cara’s case, it was her self-empowerment anthem Being a young woman in the industry, there are so many expectations that are placed on me every single day, Cara said. I really wanted to make a personal statement this time, and start off with, ‘this is how everybody wants me to be, apparently,’ but that’s not me. This is who I am. Just stripping down the layers and showing everyone that you can be successful and be at the VMAs just being yourself. And if yourself is wearing gowns like that, then do that. But if it’s not, then you don’t have to do that. That’s what I’m trying to show people.

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The 2017 VMAs touched down at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 27. See the full list of winners and keep up with all of the night's biggest VMA moments !