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For the first time ever, pop superstar Katy Perry pulled double duty at the MTV VMAs, performing at and hosting Sunday night’s celebrity-filled event. Of course, Perry wasn’t the only superstar to hit the stage at The Forum in Los Angeles. Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, and Canadian superstars Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd were just a handful of the names filling out the performance-packed show.

Even with all the set changes and huge awards given out, there was still more than enough time for a few A-list feuds. Katy Perry threw some shade at Justin Bieber for forgetting the lyrics to his song “Despacito” earlier this year, while Taylor Swift took aim at Kim and Kanye West, as well as the entire internet, in her new music video for “Look What You Made Me Do.” As for Fifth Harmony, their performance opened with a fifth member flying off the stage, a not-so subtle nod to former member Camila Cabello‘s December 2016 departure from the group.

But even with all the fuel being added to feuding flames, the 2017 MTV VMAs had a theme that was even more prominent – inspiration.

Let’s look at some of the most hopeful and inspiring moments the show shared with us.

PINK’S WORDS OF SELF-LOVE FOR HER DAUGHTER

As the recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Pink performed an incredible career-spanning medley that included her latest single “What About Us.” After receiving the award from her friend Ellen DeGeneres, Pink told the crowd about her daughter Willow recently telling her mother that she felt ugly and looked like a boy. Using this as a teachable moment, Pink made a slide show of androgynous pop stars for Willow, telling her daughter that the world needs to change, not the person.

TRANSGENDER SOLDIERS WALK THE RED CARPET

Following President Trump’s recent banning of all transgender service members, seven transgender military members currently serving in the US Army, Navy and Air Force walked the MTV VMA red carpet in a show of solidarity. The group used their camera time to encourage people to get involved and learn the stories of transgender soldiers, who simply ask to be judged solely on their performance and nothing else.

PARIS JACKSON CALLS FOR AN END TO HATE

In 1991, Michael Jackson said it didn’t matter if you were black or white. Now 26 years later, his daughter Paris is continuing her father’s efforts to inspire a more united world. During her presenting duties at Sunday’s MTV VMAs, Jackson condemned members of the Nazi party, saying “We must show these Nazi white supremacists jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation, with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence, hatred and discrimination.”

ALESSIA CARA PERFORMS ‘SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL’

Brampton, Ontario singer Alessia Cara continues to be a role model for fans around the world thanks to her authentic persona and relatable music. Following her win with EDM artist Zedd for Best Dance Video for their duet “Stay,” Cara took the stage with a moving performance of her single “Scars To Your Beautiful.” Starting the performance in full make up, a wig and gown, Cara stripped down to a clean face, messy hair, black tank top and jeans, bringing to life the lyric ‘You’re beautiful just the way you are.’

SUICIDE SURVIVORS FILL THE STAGE

Cara returned to the stage later in the evening along with Logic and Best New Artist winner Khalid for their performance of “1-800-273-8255,” a song the trio named after the American Suicide Prevention hotline. In addition to being backed by a full band and choral singers, the large stage was also filled by suicide survivors, making a statement that will create an impact far beyond Sunday’s show.

JARED LETO PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHESTER BENNINGTON

Most people know Jared Leto best for his roles in TV shows and films like My So-Called Life and Dallas Buyers Club, but the actor splits his time between screen and stage, performing as the frontman with his band 30 Seconds to Mars. Having opened for both Soundgarden and Linkin Park, Leto was hit hard this year following the deaths of Chris Cornell and Leto’s close friend, Chester Bennington. Paying homage to both men on Sunday night, Leto said of Bennington “Witnessing his life taught me important things, especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams and being kind and caring while doing it.” Following the tribute, Leto urged all watching to seek help for depression or anxiety.

CHARLOTTESVILLE INSPIRES CALLS FOR PEACE

In one of the most poignant moments of the 2017 MTV VMAs, Pastor Robert E. Lee IV, the great-great grandson of Robert E. Lee, pleaded for an end to violence, racism, and any type of oppression. Calling for an end to white supremacy in the US, Lee was joined on stage by Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old protester who was killed in Charlottesville earlier this month after a neo-Nazi drove his car into a group of protesters. Both Lee and Bro were unified in their message that people must continue working together to make the US and the rest of the world a place where all people are treated equally.

LORDE STOMPS ON THE FLU

Okay, so maybe this moment was a bit less inspiring than the others in this list, but Lorde performing her choreography sans vocals after coming down with the flu is still pretty amazing.

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