Keke Palmer paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman in the opening segment of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.
Boseman passed away at the age of 43 on Friday. His family released a statement, saying, “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV.” The news of his death came as a shock to all but his closest peers and family.
Keke Palmer honors Chadwick Boseman at the #VMAs “We dedicate tonight’s show to the man whose spirit touched so many. He is a true hero, not just on screen but in everything he did. His impact lives forever.” pic.twitter.com/Gs3IZYXa2c
— Alyssa Bailey (@alyssabailey) August 31, 2020
Keke Palmer paid tribute to Boseman Calling him, “an actor whose talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched, and everyone he encountered. We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He’s a true hero, not just on screen, but everything he did. His impact lives forever.”
Ahead of the 2020 MTV VMAs show host, Keke Palmer appeared in a quickly pre-recorded message to address what she called the “devastating” loss of the actor. Without the help of professional equipment, Palmer used the opening to dedicate the show to Boseman’s memory.
Boseman was praised for filming no less than six movies while fighting cancer: Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods, and of course, Black Panther.
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
The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios will pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman tonight with a special commercial-free airing of “Black Panther” on ABC, followed by a special examining the actor’s life and work.
TONIGHT ON ABC: @Marvel’s Black Panther will air, commercial-free, starting at 8pmET. Immediately after the film I’m honored to anchor a live ABC News Special: “Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King,” starting at 10:20pmET #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/MnDMwVAaW3
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) August 30, 2020
“Black Panther” earned seven Oscar nominations, including a mention for the best picture. It became the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series to take home Oscar gold, with three wins at the 91st annual ceremony, for costume design, production design, and original score