Best Use of Platform: Vic Mensa
Chicago's very own Vic Mensa turned his set into a protest, speaking out on the water crisis in Flint and the inaccessibility of such an expensive music festival to the poorer communities of the city where it takes place. Much of his performance featured a team of dancers sporting the type of riot gear typically worn by police officers and featured an on-stage wedding between two of the dancers during the LGBTQ rights song "Free Love." A pantomime of Mensa being held down by the officers during the song "16 Shots," recalled the death of Laquan McDonald. After the raucous "U Mad," the officers pointed their weapons at Mensa as he stood on top of a platform above the stage, a powerful image for the rising rapper.