VMA producers dare to touch the issue of Demi Lavato’s drug overdose and Aretha Franklin’s passing, but struggle to find a balance between somberness and energetic vibes for the VMA’s this year.
Bruce Gilmeropened up about the production’s awareness of how their treatment of this issue might affect their viewers. He said he wants this year’s event to be “energetic, positive and loud.”
“It’s so important. We just talked about this. We toggle back and forth with this big platform. Sometimes, the thought is, ‘Let’s use this for a greater good.’ But sometimes, we get feedback that people want to come in and escape the world for a minute […] We’re overrun with politics and messages, so what you’re going to see this year are a couple of poignant moments and the lion’s share is going to be straight fun.”
According to hnhh, One of these poignant moments refers to the passing of the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
“She was one of the most incredible voices of all time. It’s beyond sad. She has such an incredible legacy she left behind. We’re going to do something, but we’re waiting to see what form it takes. We’ll see. We want it to be honest and get the right people involved.”