MTV VMAs 2020: All You Need To Know

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The MTV VMAs or Video Music Awards 2020 were aired this Sunday night on 31st August and despite the current circumstances had all the paparazzi cornered, the event lived up to its reputation and even ended up being a quarantine escape. Consequently, some would even say that the event used the pandemic norms to its advantage, as artists performed at remote locations within New York City. Therefore, from fashion statements to those about social issues and tributes to Chadwick Boseman, the VMAs was an absolute feast for the eyes, body and soul.

MTV VMAs 2020: All You Need To Know
vogue.com (The host Keke Palmer and The Weeknd)

  • VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)
  • BEST R&B – Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)
  • BEST HIP-HOP – Savage (Megan Thee Stallion)
  • FAVOURITE ROCK – Orphans (Coldplay)
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Keke Palmer became the first woman of colour to host the entire show and also the second youngest person to do so (The first being Drew Barrymore at the age of seven, IKR?!). Instead of a comical introduction, she kicked off the event with a poignant, yet hopeful speech about the Black Lives Matter movement and a tribute to the King of Wakanda. The event started with The Weeknd, who lit up New York City’s sky with his ‘Blinding Lights’ performance, and also struck chords by sending out justice calls for the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake. Rapper DaBaby also stood against police brutality while performing ‘Rockstar.’

CHECK OUT ALL THE VMAs 2020 RED-CARPET LOOKS HERE: https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/mtv-vma-red-carpet-celebrity-fashion-2020
  • BEST POP – ON (BTS)
  • BEST K-POP – ON (BTS)
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    MTV VMAs 2020: All You Need To Know
    theguardian.com (BTS performing ‘Dynamite’
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – ON (BTS) Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun and Lee Byung Eun
  • BEST GROUP – BTS
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The BTS boys’ debut to the VMAs was the biggest highlight of the show, as the K-pop icons swept away all the four awards they were nominated for. They also performed their first English-language song ‘Dynamite’ which also holds the record for most views for a music video in 24 hours. Above all, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were certainly the 2020 VMA queens with 9 nominations each. They shared the stage and performed ‘Rain On Me’ while adhering to the social distancing norms and adorning masks. Lady Gaga took over the fashion magazines with her eye-popping masks and was also awarded the triple-icon Tricon Award for her contributions to fashion, music and activism at the event, this year.

  • SONG OF THE YEAR – Rain On Me (Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande)

    MTV VMAs 2020: All You Need To Know
    theguardian.com (Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga performing ‘Rain On Me’)
  • BEST COLLABORATION – Rain On Me (Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Rain On Me (Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande) Cinematography by Thomas Kloss
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME – Stuck With U (Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber)
  • MTV TRICON AWARD – Lady Gaga
  • PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST – Doja Cat
  • VIDEO FOR GOOD – I Can’t Breathe (H.E.R.)
CHECK OUT ALL THE NOMINATED VIDEOS HERE: http://www.mtv.com/vma/vote/

Meanwhile, Machine Gun Kelly, Maluma and Miley Cyrus dashed the event with their charismatic performances. They also brought the sex appeal to NYC by being three of the best-dressed celebrities at the event. Best New Artist Doja Cat also got her moment with a hilarious MTV News Throwback. Taylor Swift also bagged an award for her gender-flipping video of ‘The Man.’ She accepted the award in a cute video speech. The VMAs also delivered a coup de grâce by the decade long pop-chart rulers Black Eyed Peas, performing a medley with Tyga and Nicky Jam. The event also saw performances by Jack Harlow, Tate McRae, Chloe x Halle, Lewis Capaldi, Blackbear, Travis Barker, CNCO, JP Saxe, Julia Michaels and the host Keke Palmer herself.

  • BEST ALTERNATIVE – Bloody Valentine (Machine Gun Kelly)
  • BEST LATIN – Qué Pena (Maluma ft. J Balvin)

    MTV VMAs 2020: All You Need To Know
    vogue.com (From left: Machine Gun Kelly, Maluma and Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs 2020 Red-Carpet)
  • BEST EDITING – Mother’s Daughter (Miley Cyrus) Edited by Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico
  • BEST ART DIRECTION – Mother’s Daughter (Miley Cyrus) Art Direction by Christian Stone
  • BEST DIRECTION – The Man (Taylor Swift) Directed by Taylor Swift
  • BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE – CNCO (MTV Unplugged At Home)
  • BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Physical (Dua Lipa) Warner Records, Visual effects by EIGHTY4
CHECK OUT ALL THE NOMINATED VIDEOS HERE: http://www.mtv.com/vma/vote/

 

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