Kendrick Lamar gives fiery start to MTV awards

Rapper Kendrick Lamar offered a fiery start Sunday to the MTV Video Music Awards, setting his stage ablaze in a martial-arts-themed performance.

Lamar, who leads the evening with eight nominations, performed his song “HUMBLE.” as he appeared initially in red on a dark stage lit by lasers.

Showing his new fascination with martial arts, two ninjas appeared to chase him across the floor in Los Angeles.

By the end of the song, a man was ablaze and the dancers were climbing a fence that was full of fire.

Lamar, one of the most critically acclaimed forces in hip-hop, is followed by pop superstar Katy Perry and R&B singer The Weeknd, who each have five nominations.

Perry, the evening’s host, floated onto stage from the roof in the spacesuit of the awards’ “Moonman” statuette — this year rechristened “Moon Person” as part of a gender-neutral push.

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