The 2017 VMAs Kicked Off with a Fiery Performance from Kendrick Lamar

It was lit, literally.

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An explosive beginning to a night full of amazing performers, the 2017 MTV VMAs opened with a pair of hits from Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

The rapper—who's up for a record-breaking eight awards tonight—emerged on stage beneath a shower of electric lights for his performance of "DNA" featuring dancers that resembled ninjas (one that set himself on fire in the middle of the performance).

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Toward the beginning of his launch into "HUMBLE.," an entire wall of flames had lit up the stage, a play off of his branding for the album.

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See clips of the performance below:

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