MTV VMAs Pay Fitting Tribute To Black Panther Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman Honored At The MTV Video Music Awards
The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off with a fitting tribute to a real-life superhero: Chadwick Boseman. The entire ceremony was dedicated to the Black Panther star, who was described as "a man whose spirit touched so many".
The Black Panther star died at the age of 43 after a long and private battle with colon cancer. The statement was made on Chadwick Boseman's official social media handles. The post on Twitter has since garnered 7.3 million likes and it is now the most-liked tweet on Twitter, as fans and admirers remembered and paid tribute to a generational actor.
The MTV VMAs were hosted by Keke Palmer, who dedicated the awards show to the legendary late actor. She said:
"Before we get into the music tonight, we need to talk about the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman, an actor whose talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched and everyone he encountered."
"We dedicate tonight's show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He is a true hero, not just onscreen, but in everything he did. His impact lives forever."
There was also a video tribute to Chadwick Boseman which included his appearance at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards.
Please remember that time when Chadwick Boseman gave away his MTV award for Black Panther to James Shaw Jr — who fought off MAGA gunman at a Waffle House in Nashville.— Rex Chapman???????? (@RexChapman) August 30, 2020
Two real life superheroes...pic.twitter.com/d2aCd9WDDq
The MTV VMAs replaced live audience members with shadowy masked viewers on rooftops, and on giant monitors, amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, and BTS were the big winners and highlight of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.
The world needs more superheroes, and we all deserve to see ourselves in them. Chadwick Boseman helped make that happen. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/d05kkkQR6b— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2020
The Black Eyed Peas closed the 2020 MTV VMAs, with one of the group members saying "Wakanda forever", a phrase from Black Panther that became a massive worldwide phenomenon.
Meanwhile, Marvel fans have urged Marvel to not recast Chadwick Boseman's leading role of T’Challa in Black Panther, but to retire his character completely, out of respect for the late superstar.
One fan said:
“Please retire the character out of respect, and have him live as a legend within the world. Like Universal did with Paul Walker in Fast & Furious. Please please please, don’t recast this icon."
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