Host Katy Perry attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum August 27, in Inglewood, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images/AFP
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From the very first prize presented Sunday, even before the show began, politics took a starring role in MTV's Video Music Awards. Susan Bro – the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the violence earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia – appeared during the ceremony to present the Best Fight Against the System, a category created this year to recognize music videos addressing activism and social justice.Singer-songwriter Jack Antonoff wasn't shy about sharing his political views on the red carpet – posing for photos with transgender military service members and saying it would be "absolutely insane not to" support them.Trump's directed the Pentagon to extend a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, giving the Pentagon the authority to decide the future of openly transgender people already serving.
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