Acceptance and diversity get major stage time at MMVAs


Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara offered a dash of charm to an otherwise predictable night of celebrity sightings at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.

There was a cloud hanging over the Joe Jonas/Alessia Cara-hosted show, though: there are fears about what might happen to MuchFact, a Bell Media program that shells out about $2 million to make Canadian music videos every year.

Other performers at the Toronto ceremony included Jonas" group DNCE, which performed "Kissing Strangers.' Lorde, who closed out the MMVAs with a rendition of 'Green Light, ' was named best worldwide artist, while Imagine Dragons won for best global group just days ahead of their third album, Evolve, coming out on June 23. He also earned an honor for Best Canadian Single of the Year for "One Dance".

The one that got the crowd cheering the most was the move to legalize recreational marijuana.

"I want to say how grateful I am to everyone who waited for this record".

Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds hoists a Canadian flag during the band's performance at the MMVAs.

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Indigenous group A Tribe Called Red also took a moment to lend encouragement to visible minorities when they won video of the year for "R.E.D".

A Tribe Called Red (far left and right), Lido Pimienta (second from left), director Kevan Funk (centre) and Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman (second from right) show up on the MMVAs red carpet.

"Our voices, they're young, they're influential", he said.

Lorde, right, reacts after being named iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year.

Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello opened the MMVAs show with a rendition of "Crying in the Club" and former One Direction member Niall Horan belted out his own hit single, "Slow Hands". "Aside from the Kids' Choice Awards, no show is so involved with the fans".