Before introducing the nominees for the Best Hip Hop Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, rapper Common took a moment to address what has been happening the past two weeks in Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
“For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri. The people in Ferguson and St. Louis and communities across the country have used their voices to call for justice and change, to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world.”
When Drake was announced as the winner of the award, he wasn’t there to accept his award, so Common accepted on his behalf, saying, “Spread love, y’all. Peace.”