True to form with what might be the most woke VMAs to date -- from Kendrick Lamar's fiery opening performance to Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara's affecting performance of "1-800-273-8255" and more -- Rev. Robert W. Lee IV, the great-great-great-great-nephew of General Lee, was welcomed to the stage during the ceremony. "As a pastor it is my duty to speak out against racism, America's original sin," he told the audience and fans watching at home.
Lee then introduced Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was tragically killed while protesting in Charlottesville. "Only 15 days ago, my daughter was killed as she protested racism," she said with strength. "I miss her, but I know she's here tonight."
Aside from announcing the winners of the Best Fight Against the System award, Bro revealed the newly formed Heather Heyer foundation, a nonprofit that will provide scholarships to "help more people join Heather's fight against hatred," as her mother said.