VMAs 2020: The MTV’s Annual Music Awards


Since the breakout of the global pandemic everything just began to rush; lockdown, isolation, quarantine, economic downfall, and much more, but now things are getting better and actually beginning to normalize.

This is a great leap for New York as one of the first music is launched on the physical venue. The producers are making all the required changes to make sure it remains safe for everyone by following the health precautions.

VMAs 2020; VMAs Host Keke Palmer took all the precautions 

Keke Palmer is the host for the VMAs 2020 MTV’s annual music awards, has gone through all the safety changes for the COVID-19 pandemic. Palmer herself claimed that she has gone through 10 COVID-19 tests, with constant testing after every two days.

Palmer said she wasn’t sure that she was the first choice to host the show or the only brave one do conduct it during COVID-19. She also appreciated the people in the pandemic that helped us survive, those handling deliveries to house-bound customers or the grocery store workers to the medical staff, each had a vital role.

Safety measures taken for the VMAs 2020 MTV’s music video award live performance after the pandemic 

VMAs 2020 MTV’s music video award is not going to any ordinary award show like the events previous shows. The show is featured outside with limited or probably no live audience. The producers have made sure to follow all the health preventions so that everyone remains safe & healthy.

This live performance from music singers is one of the biggest annual events on the awards calendar. This is gonna be the entertainment we all need now to get relax from this pandemic situation. It was announced that the event will also pay tribute to frontline medical workers.

Throughout the show, the performances were present on the stage while they seem to appear from a digitally generated balcony. The award show went as usual and the winners received their awards personally and delivered videos of award acceptance. It was announced previously that the award ceremony will take place at numerous outdoor locations throughout New York City.

Presenters and performers were seen walking through the backstage and wearing masks and maintaining social distance. The award also featured three more awards for making the best video from home, best quarantine performance, and best tribute performance for the frontline heroes’ working day & night. 

Lady Gaga accepts the inaugural MTV Tricon Award

The Lady Gaga was frequently seen accepting awards in person, wearing different outfits along with unique fashionable masks. Her masks with different styles included the one with a digital display that seem to change color through her medley performance, another with a silver grill, and one with horns.

Gaga said that since we are separated it may seem less alive in some sort, but the change is coming back, and soon the rage of art will inspire and empower us. Gaga and Maluma were both accompanied by dancers wearing face masks.

Performing and presenting

The performers and the nominees for the show were announced on 24 August. The BTS performed there first live VMA performance debut with their “Dynamite.” The Lady Gaga, alongside Ariana Grande, will sing the “Rain on Me.” 

Moreover, the audience was also treated with Miley Cyrus’s solo performance on “Midnight Sky.” After that, we saw numerous performances of artists including, Bebe Rexha, Bella Hadid, Black Eyed Peas, CNCO, The Weeknd, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Machine Gun Kelly, Da Baby, Doja Cat, Maluma, and many more luxurious presenters. 

VMAs 2020: The nominations for Video of the Year were:

  • The Weekend – “Blinding Lights”
  • Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
  • Eminem (featuring Juice WRLD) – “Godzilla”
  • Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The winner for this category was announced “The Weekend” for Blinding Lights.

The nominations for the Song of the Year was as follows: 

  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Doja Cat – “Say So”
  • Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
  • Post Malone – “Circles”
  • Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

The nominations were led on the top by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande on the song Rain on me.

The leading names for the nomination of the category “Artist of the Year” was as follows:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Justin Bieber
  • DaBaby
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Post Malone
  • The Weeknd

The award was received by Lady Gaga for being the best artist of the year.

The nomination for the “Best group” category:

  • BTS
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Blackpink
  • Chloe x Halle
  • CNCO
  • Little Mix
  • Monsta X
  • Now United
  • The 1975
  • Twenty-One Pilots

The BTS received the award for being Best Group after their first-ever live VMA’s performance. The three artists residing in the category of Push Best New Artist was Doja Cat (winner), Lewis Capaldi, and Yungblud.

The nominees for the category “Best Collaboration” goes as follows:

  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Black Eyed Peas (featuring J Balvin) – “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)”
  • Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”
  • Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
  • Karol G (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Tusa”
  • Ed Sheeran (featuring Khalid) – “Beautiful People”

And yet again the top position was given to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for Rain on Me.

The Best Pop category:

  • BTS – “On”
  • Justin Bieber (featuring Quavo) – “Intentions”
  • Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”
  • Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Taylor Swift – “Lover”

Again as expected by everyone, BTS won the award for this category.

The best nominees for Hip Hop category are as follows:

  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
  • DaBaby – “Bop”
  • Eminem (featuring Juice Wrld) – “Godzilla”
  • Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”
  • Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
  • Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

The Megan Thee Stallion received the category award for Savage.

The Best R&B:

  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”
  • Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
  • H.E.R. (featuring YG) – “Slide”
  • Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
  • Khalid (featuring Summer Walker) – “Eleven”
  • Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”

And yet again the top position was given to The Weekend for Blinding Lights.

The nominees for the category “Best K-Pop goes as follows:

  • BTS – “On”
  • Exo – “Obsession”
  • (G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”
  • Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”
  • Red Velvet – “Psycho”
  • TXT – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

The winner award for this category went to BTS for singing On.

Then again the Best Latin nominees are featured as:

  • Maluma (featuring J Balvin) – “Qué Pena”
  • Anuel AA (featuring Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G, and J Balvin) – “China”
  • Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • J Balvin – “Amarillo”
  • Black Eyed Peas (featuring Ozuna and J. Rey Soul) – “Mamacita”
  • Karol G (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Tusa”

The category winner award was received by Maluma for singing Qué Pena.

The nominations for Best Rock:

  • Coldplay – “Orphans”
  • blink-182 – “Happy Days”
  • Evanescence – “Wasted on You”
  • Fall Out Boy (featuring Wyclef Jean) – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”
  • Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”
  • The Killers – “Caution”

And who do you think the winner award would go to, obviously Coldplay got it for singing Orphans.

Then again the Best Alternative nominees are featured as:

  • Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”
  • The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
  • All Time Low – “Some Kind of Disaster”
  • Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”
  • FINNEAS – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”
  • twenty-one pilots – “Level of Concern”

The Machine Gun Kelly received the category award for Bloody Valentine.

The nominees for Best Music Video from Home:

  • Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”
  • blink-182 – “Happy Days”
  • Drake – “Toosie Slide”
  • John Legend – “Bigger Love”
  • twenty-one pilots – “Level of Concern”

The award for his category went to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for singing Stuck with U.

The next category nominations that come in line are of Best Quarantine Performance:

  • CNCO – MTV Unplugged at Home
  • Chloe x Halle – “Do It” (from MTV Prom-Athon)
  • DJ D-Nice – Club MTV Presents: #DanceTogether
  • Lady Gaga – “Smile” (from One World: Together At Home)
  • John Legend – #TogetherAtHome Concert Series
  • Post Malone – “Nirvana Tribute”

This waiting award was given CNCO for the best quarantine performance.

The nominees for Video for Good:

  • H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
  • Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”
  • Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
  • Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”
  • Anderson Paak – “Lockdown”
  • Taylor Swift – “The Man”

This prestigious award gifted to H.E.R for the song “I Can’t Breathe.”

The next category nominations that come in line are of Best Choreography:

  • BTS – “On” (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk)
  • CNCO and Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” (Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami)
  • DaBaby – “Bop” (Choreographers: DaniLeigh and Cherry)
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Choreographer: Richy Jackson)
  • Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Choreographer: Charm La’Donna)
  • Normani – “Motivation” (Choreographer: Sean Bankhead)

The award given to BTS Choreographers for their amazing skills.

The Best Cinematography category nominees:

  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Director of Photography: Michael Merriman)
  • 5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” (Director of Photography: Kieran Fowler)
  • Camila Cabello (featuring DaBaby) – “My Oh My” (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)
  • Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)
  • Katy Perry – “Harleys in Hawaii” (Director of Photography: Arnau Valls)
  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director of Photography: Oliver Millar)

The award was awarded to Michael Merriman for his stunning direction of photography skills.

The nominees for Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers who always stood up for us:

  • Jason “Tik Tok Doc” Campbell
  • Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – “Imagine”
  • Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – “Level Up”
  • Lori Marie Key – “Amazing Grace”
  • Dr. Nate Wood – “Lean on Me”

Yet, the most awaited award MTV Tricon Award given to Lady Gaga. The VMAs 2020 music video award show was air on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 8 pm EST on MTV.

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