Drake Comes Home With MTV VMA, Grimes and Deadmau5 Opt Out of Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 25, 2014

Warning: there is strong language contained in this blog post.


Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” reigned supreme in the Best Hip Hop Video category at last night’s MTV VMAs.

The most anticipated music awards show of the year, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, happened last night, and, as expected, was ripe with Monday morning water-cooler fodder.

Beyoncé was the queen of the night with three VMA wins; Nicki Minaj turned heads with her twerktastic performance of “Anaconda” while Miley Cyrus stole the show again by having a 22-year old homeless man accept her award for Video of the Year for Wrecking Ball on her behalf.

Among the Canadian artists who took home Moonman trophies was Drake, who won Best Hip Hop Video for the mafia-inspired video “Hold On, We’re Going Home” ft. Majid Jordan, off his 2013 releaseNothing Was the Same.

Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” ft. Majid Jordan.

Beating out Kenye West, Eminem, Childish Gambino, and Wiz Khalifa for the 2014 VMA, it was a big win for the Toronto rapper.

This isn’t the first VMA win for Drake, who won his first Moonman for Best Hip Hop Video in 2012 with his video for “HYFR.”

Currently on tour with Lil Wayne, Drake was unable to accept the award. Instead, Common, who once mockingly referred to the “Started from The Bottom” hit-maker as “Canada Dry,” accepted the award on his behalf.

Meanwhile on Twitter, music media and fans jokingly speculated on why Drake was unable to attend the awards show.

Drake wasn’t the only Canadian act to take home a Moonman, however. Arcade Fire won a VMA for Best Art Direction for their video for “Reflektor,” although it wasn’t part of the official telecast.

Arcade Fire’s MTV VMA-winning video “Reflektor.”

A full list of last night’s winners can be viewed here.

By now, you’ve probably seen hoards of videos popping up in your social media feed of people participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

Over the last several weeks, everyone from Drake to Justin Bieber to Geddy Lee of Rush have welcomed buckets of freezing ice water dumped over their heads in an attempt to raise money and awareness for ALS, a motor neurone disorder.

But not everyone has been quick to jump on the Ice Bucket bandwagon.

As Exclaim reports, Grimes declined to donate to the ALS Association due to its “record of animal testing” after being challenged by Richie Hawtin.

Instead, she opted to donate to another charity, called the Malala Fund, which helps girls get an education. She also called out Detroit Madness, Hana Pestle and Blood Diamonds to accept the challenge.

On her blog, she wrote:

“Haha okay, richie is probably the nicest and coolest person I’ve ever met so i can’t really refuse him. however, I would like to say that I don’t feel great about wasting water in this california drought, but i will donate money. However I will not donate money to this foundation because of their record of testing on animals, but I will donate money to the Malala fund because education is the key to ending almost every issue that faces humanity and our world today. yep yep! do i have to make a video to nominate other people? if so I’ll do that later, but in the mean time Im calling out Detroit madness, Hana pestle and Blood diamonds.”

Toronto DJ/producer Deadmau5 also decided to pass on the challenge last week, but donated $10 thousand to the cause anyways. Rather than participating in the humiliating task of dumping icy water over his head, he opted to support the cause in a more meaningful way.

Here’s what he said on Twitter:

In other news, Pitchfork’s 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far was just released with a number of Canadian artists ranking at the top of the list.

Grimes’ “Oblivion” placed 1st while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” placed 10th.

Grimes’ 2012 track “Oblivion” placed # 1 on the list.

Other tracks include Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” in 22nd place, Japandroids’ “The House that Heaven Built” in 28th place and Crystal Castles’ “Not in Love” [ft. Robert Smith]” in 34thplace.

Visit Pitchfork to see the full list.

–Julijana Capone

Wanna talk music? Email me at julijana.capone@nmc.ca or follow me on Twitter @thejulijanaruin.

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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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