Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, won the Video of the Year for his 2019 song, ‘Blinding Lights’ and Best R&B award at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, and called justice for police shooting victims, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor during his acceptance speech.
The 30-year-old singer, who wore bloody face makeup for promotion of his latest album, ‘After Hours,’ stated the followings in his short acceptance speech:
“It’s hard to celebrate, so I’m just going to say justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor.”
As very known, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor were shot by the police officers; while 26-year-old Taylor passed away, the father of six, Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
MTV posted his speech on its verified Instagram account with the following caption:
“Powerful words from @theweeknd tonight, as he demanded justice for Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake while accepting Video of the Year and Best R&B at the #VMAs ♥️ #vmamoments”
Besides from The Weeknd’s forceful speech, the rapper DaBaby performed his song ‘Rockstar’ while stomping on top of the police car to reference against police brutality.
See below to find the mentioned video.