Keke Palmer dedicated the 2020 Video Music Awards to the late Chadwick Boseman following his tragic death.
Keke opened the show with a special message in honor of Chadwick.
The 2020 Video Music Awards aired just two days after it was announced that Chadwick Boseman passed away after battling colon cancer. VMAs host Keke Palmer opened the MTV awards show with a special message announcing that this year's show will be dedicated to Chadwick.
"We have to take a moment 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," Keke said in an emotional tribute. "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."
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
His reps confirmed the news of his death on August 28 with a statement, saying he spent the last four years working as an actor while simultaneously battling the illness with surgeries and chemotherapy.
"It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV," the statement read. "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."
The statement continued, "It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."
Fans were noticeably touched by MTV's decision to air the show in his honor.
they're dedicating the show to chadwick boseman. i- my eyes are sweating😭 #VMAs
— 𝐀𝐥𝐲²⁸💜¹ᴰ || BLUE TEAM💙 (@icarushabit_) August 31, 2020
Aw that’s sweet. They are dedicating the award show tonight to Chadwick #VMAs
— Christina (@Chrissy89) August 31, 2020
— Maddison 🕸🕷 (@maddisonfarr) August 31, 2020
He will be missed, but never forgotten.
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