NEW YORK —
Kanye West continued his stark portrayal of new music from his album "Yeezus," performing "Blood on the Leaves" with its controversial Nina Simone "Strange Fruit" sample in silhouette in front of a black and white picture of a tree.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the early leaders, taking best hip-hop video for "Thrift Shop" and best video with a social message for their song "Same Love," which espouses marriage equality.
"Gay rights are human rights," Macklemore said during the telecast. "There is no separation."
Other early winners included Pink and Nate Ruess for best collaboration, Thirty Seconds to Mars for best rock video and Selena Gomez for best pop video.