Watch Machine Gun Kelly tear through Papercuts before smashing his guitar to pieces at the MTV VMAs

Machine Gun Kelly
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Machine Gun Kelly took to the stage last night at the star-studded MTV Video Music Awards to perform his latest track, Papercuts.

In a new video of the performance posted to MTV's YouTube channel, the Cleveland rapper-turned-rocker is once again seen alongside longtime collaborator Travis Barker – who also played on the studio version of the track – as he delivers a series of bendy leads and angsty powerchords with his trademark single-humbucker Schecter PT.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.