Last night MTV proceeded with the 2020 Video Music Awards despite the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on public events and safety. The show, hosted by Keke Palmer took place “on top of the Empire State building,” or in front of a green screen in the city, was complete with performances from our favorites and celebrity appearances. However the show infamous for exciting interactions, impromptu moments and overall excitement, lacked the normalcy of a normal award show with the revemp of digital green screens, prerecorded performances and stream of fans who applauded from web cam in their apartments.
The show was kicked off with a performance from the Weeknd of “Blinding Lights” over the infamous Hudson river. The Weeknd was one of the nights leading winners claiming the moon person for. Another one of the nights notable winners was Lady Gaga who claimed the moon persons for and. Whether Gaga was one of the ones crazy or willing enough to show up to the VMAs during a pandemic, it became obvious that she was the night’s biggest star as she continued to claim awards in various cheek and mask-friendly outfits. Along with her exciting performance of “Alice,” “Rain on Me” featuring Ariana Grande and “Stupid Love” came performances from Keke Palmer, Miley Cyrus, BTS, Doja Cat amongst a few others. The night ended with the nights biggest and possibly only “WTF moment” with a crotch-lighting performance that left social media questioning the existence of past member Fergie.
Overall, the 2020 Video Music Awards were great for what they were! Keke Palmer proved that she truly was the millennial girl connecting with fans via green screen while raising awareness on topics like the Black Lives Matter movement and this years election. Performance were just enough to keep us excited for the night while building anticipation for life after the quarantine! Hopefully this isn’t what awards show aim to be in the future! Check out a list of winners and performances below!
VIDEO OF THE YEAR- The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Lady Gaga
SONG OF THE YEAR – Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”
BEST COLLABORATION – Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”
PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking – Doja Cat
BEST POP – BTS – “On”
BEST HIP-HOP – Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
The Weeknd Performs “Blinding Lights”
Lady Gaga Performs Medley featuring Ariana Grande
Doja Cat Performs “Say So” and “Like That”
Da Baby Performs Medley
The Black Eyed Peas Performs “Vida Loca” and “I Gotta Feeling”