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MTV VMAs 2020: Lady Gaga leads the night with five moon people, including the Tricon Award


Lady Gaga was the big winner of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards as she received five awards on the night and even had nine outfit changes during the two hour event.

The event has been filmed in various locations around New York City for the past few days, with production compliant with social distancing guidelines as it was broadcast "live" on Sunday night.

During the event, the 34-year-old singer took the stage to accept the show's FIRST EVER & # 39; MTV Tricon & # 39; award for her unparalleled impact and dedication to music, fashion and activism.

She also took home VMAs for Best Collaboration and Song of the Year for her hit Rain On Me starring her pop princess Ariana Grande and the coveted Artist of the Year gong.

FIRST EVER: Lady Gaga took the stage to accept the show's FIRST EVER & # 39; MTV Tricon & # 39; award for her unparalleled impact and dedication to music, fashion and activism

Tricon: Gosh. Guys. That is so cool. That means a lot to me. It means more to me than you probably even realize. I've been making music since I was a little girl, even though I had really, really big dreams, I really never imagined that one day I would receive an award like this that recognizes me for so many of my passions. & # 39; began Gaga, who had her Tricon Award presented by model Bella Hadid

Tricon: Gosh. Guys. That is so cool. That means a lot to me. It means more to me than you probably even realize. I've been making music since I was a little girl, even though I had really, really big dreams, I really never imagined that one day I would receive an award like this that recognizes me for so many of my passions. & # 39; began Gaga, who had her Tricon Award presented by model Bella Hadid

On the moon: She proudly posed with all five of her shiny new moon people

On the moon: She proudly posed with all five of her shiny new moon people

& # 39; My goodness. Guys. That is so cool. That means a lot to me. It means more to me than you probably even realize. I've been making music since I was a little girl, even though I had really, really big dreams, I really never imagined that one day I would receive an award like this that recognizes me for so many of my passions. & # 39; began Gaga, who had her Tricon Award presented by model Bella Hadid.

“I want you to know that as an actress and as a musician I failed again and again in my youth. As a young woman in New York, I gave back to the local community, philanthropy became a much bigger part of my life as a star, and I started the foundation that was born this way with my mother, Cynthia. & # 39;

Gaga said she "wanted to share this award with everyone at home tonight" because "everyone is their own form of a tricon".

“I want you to think now about three things that define who you are and take a moment to reward yourself for your bravery. This has not been an easy year for many people. What I see in the world is a massive triumph of courage. I also hope that people at home who have big dreams, I hope that they will see me here today and accept this award and know how grateful I am. I want you to know that you can too. & # 39;

To wrap up her speech, Gaga wanted to make sure that everyone in quarantine "just because we're separated right now and the culture is in some ways feeling less alive, I know a renaissance is imminent."

“The anger of pop culture will inspire you, and the anger of art will empower you as it responds to difficulties with its generosity and love. I believe that. I want nothing more than to be your artist in 2020. It is an absolute privilege. I love you. Stay safe. Speak your mind. I may sound like a broken record but wear a mask. It's a sign of respect. Thank you. & # 39;

Actress A Star Is Born made a total of nine outfit changes during the awards ceremony on Sunday.

Gaga first graced the red carpet in a NASA-inspired ensemble wearing a fashionable space helmet before heading to the venue to receive her awards.

During her appearance on Rain On Me, Gaga managed to present three different looks on stage.

She broke through the complex choreography in a two-piece purple latex, a mint green balcony bra and unique harness shorts and an alien-inspired body.

Best Collaboration: Lady Gaga took the stage to accept the Best Collaboration award for her hit Rain On Me starring her pop princess Ariana Grande

Best Collaboration: Lady Gaga took the stage to accept the Best Collaboration award for her hit Rain On Me starring her pop princess Ariana Grande

Song of the Year: Lady Gaga returned to the stage in a stunning green ball gown - and an even more bizarre face-covering with tusks - to accept the VMA for Song of the Year for her shared hit with Grande

Song of the Year: Lady Gaga returned to the stage in a stunning green ball gown – and an even more bizarre face-covering with tusks – to accept the VMA for Song of the Year for her shared hit with Grande

Artist of the Year: Gaga knocked out a host of other well-known musicians when she returned to the socially distant stage to accept the "Artist of the Year" award

Artist of the Year: Gaga knocked out a host of other well-known musicians when she returned to the socially distant stage to accept the "Artist of the Year" award

Chameleon: The actress A Star Is Born made a total of nine outfit changes during the award ceremony on Sunday

Chameleon: The actress A Star Is Born made a total of nine outfit changes during the award ceremony on Sunday

After the show, Gaga opted for a more casual and comfortable ensemble that included an oversized MTV t-shirt vintage dress and her favorite pair of platform boots.

Gaga's first VMA of the night was the Best Collaboration Music Video award for her duet Rain On Me with Ariana Grande.

& # 39; Thank you very much. Thank you, thank you, MTV. That means the world. Ariana and I really bonded through this song, ”the Chromatica singer began in her first long acceptance speech.

Evolution: Gaga first graced the red carpet in a NASA-inspired ensemble wearing a stylish space helmet before heading to the venue to receive her awards

Evolution: Gaga first graced the red carpet in a NASA-inspired ensemble wearing a stylish space helmet before heading to the venue to receive her awards

Three: During her appearance on Rain On Me, Gaga managed to present three different looks on stage

Three: During her appearance on Rain On Me, Gaga managed to present three different looks on stage

Killin & # 39; it: She broke through the complex choreography in a two-piece purple latex, a mint green balcony bra and unique harness shorts and an alien-inspired body

Killin & # 39; it: She broke through the complex choreography in a two-piece purple latex, a mint green balcony bra and unique harness shorts and an alien-inspired body

Casual: After the show, Gaga opted for a more casual and comfortable ensemble that included an oversized MTV t-shirt vintage dress and her favorite pair of platform boots

Casual: After the show, Gaga opted for a more casual and comfortable ensemble that included an oversized MTV t-shirt vintage dress and her favorite pair of platform boots

Though Ariana wasn't by her side, Gaga took a moment to rave about her collaborator and the bond they had in making the song and its out of this world music video.

& # 39; Me and Ariana are truly soul sisters. Girl this is for us We've both been through quite a few together. We are ready to share it with each other. I love you. & # 39;

“When we were in the studio, we turned our tears, which were felt and had less rain, into diamonds. I will treasure these diamonds with you forever, honey. I love you. I love you little monsters. You rock. Thank you, MTV, ”she finished before walking off in her dangerously high platform boots.

Lady Gaga returned to the stage in a stunning green ball gown – and an even more bizarre face covering that showed tusks – to accept the VMA as Song of the Year for her hit with Grande.

Although the Born This Way singer had given a friendly acceptance speech at the beginning of the show, he took a moment to share a personal anecdote with participants.

Grateful: & # 39; Thank you very much. Thank you, thank you, MTV. That means the world. Ariana and I really bonded through this song, ”the 34-year-old singer began in her acceptance speech

Grateful: & # 39; Thank you very much. Thank you, thank you, MTV. That means the world. Ariana and I really bonded through this song, ”the 34-year-old singer began in her acceptance speech

Gushing: Even though Ariana wasn't by her side, Gaga took a moment to rave about her co-worker and the bond they had with this world in making the song and its music video

Gushing: Even though Ariana wasn't by her side, Gaga took a moment to rave about her co-worker and the bond they had with this world in making the song and its music video

Studio time: “When we were in the studio, we turned our tears, which were felt and had less rain, into diamonds. I will treasure these diamonds with you forever, honey. I love you. I love you little monsters. You rock. Thank you, MTV, ”she finished before walking off in her dangerously high platform boots

Studio time: “When we were in the studio, we turned our tears, which were felt and had less rain, into diamonds. I will treasure these diamonds with you forever, honey. I love you. I love you little monsters. You rock. Thank you, MTV, ”she finished before walking off in her dangerously high platform boots

"I remember when I wrote the lyrics for the choir and sang them for my producer and collaborator. The lyrics were," I'd rather be dry, but at least I'm alive. Rain on me "I remember thinking I cried so many tears that it felt like an unfathomable downpour to my eyes, but even without supervision you don't have to drown – even with so much rain you don't have to drown, even though it is feels like you are. You can swim. If there is a strong current and the waves crash over you again and again, you swim further and reach the middle of the ocean, where it is calm, still and peaceful, "said a visibly emotional Gaga.

She admitted that winning the VMA for Song of the Year was her "favorite" because "(her) heart is as a songwriter".

Gaga knocked out a host of other well-known musicians when she returned to the socially distant stage to accept the "Artist of the Year" award.

She reappeared in her most impressive ensemble, looking straight out of the Lord of the Rings.

Soul Sister: & # 39; Me and Ariana are really soul sisters. Girl this is for us We've both been through quite a few together. We are ready to share, I love you, ”said Gaga

Soul Sister: & # 39; Me and Ariana are really soul sisters. Girl this is for us We've both been through quite a few together. We are ready to share, I love you, ”said Gaga

Double Take: Although the Born This Way singer gave a friendly acceptance speech at the beginning of the show, he took a moment to share a personal anecdote with the participants

Double Take: Although the Born This Way singer gave a friendly acceptance speech at the beginning of the show, he took a moment to share a personal anecdote with the participants

Favorite: She admitted that winning the VMA for Song of the Year was her "favorite" because "(her) heart is as a songwriter".

Favorite: She admitted that winning the VMA for Song of the Year was her "favorite" because "(her) heart is as a songwriter".

Artist of the Year: Gaga knocked out a host of other well-known musicians when she returned to the socially distant stage to accept the "Artist of the Year" award

Artist of the Year: Gaga knocked out a host of other well-known musicians when she returned to the socially distant stage to accept the "Artist of the Year" award

& # 39; Oh my god. That is so exciting. Tank you up so much. Being an artist is the only thing I've ever wanted to be in my whole life. I never wanted to be anything else. I was a member when I first came to California after building a small fan base in New York. I was taken out of these fancy dinners with executives who wanted to sign me. I remember never ordering anything other than straight whiskey or a large sake, and they kept asking me why don't you eat? I said because I didn't come for the California role, ”Gaga recalled in her acceptance speech.

“Everyone always knew when they hung out with me that my mission was to spread joy through culture, dance, music. I've been writing all my life. I am so honored to be able to do this every day. Thank you for this award.

"During one year of promoting Chromatica." I have enjoyed so much that you can turn your fights into gold and have to believe in yourself and surround yourself with good people. I surround myself with my family, they are here, my family. I love you! If you want to win an award like this, don't eat the California roll. They know you mean business I love you. Thank you, MTV. Thanks, fans. You are the best. & # 39; she concluded.

Best Director: Taylor Swift won the VMA for Best Director for the music video for her single The Man, the 30-year-old star's directorial debut

Best Director: Taylor Swift won the VMA for Best Director for the music video for her single The Man, the 30-year-old star's directorial debut

The man: & # 39; Guys, that's amazing. This is the first video I've ever shot alone and I'm just so grateful for it. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the team that believed in me as a first time director and made this video with me. My dp, my A.D., my editor and Ethan, Joe, bill and his team who made me a very exciting man, ”began Swift, giving her acceptance speech via webcam

The man: & # 39; Guys, that's amazing. This is the first video I've ever shot alone and I'm just so grateful for it. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the team that believed in me as a first time director and made this video with me. My dp, my A.D., my editor and Ethan, Joe, bill and his team who made me a very exciting man, ”began Swift, giving her acceptance speech via webcam

An Honor: I've been told this is an industry chosen award so I'd like to thank everyone in the industry who voted for this video. I also really want to thank the fans because you are the only reason the industry cares about everything I do and everything you did this summer. I am so overwhelmed and surprised by your generosity to myself. Thank you for everything. I hope to see you soon, ”she concluded

An Honor: I've been told this is an industry chosen award so I'd like to thank everyone in the industry who voted for this video. I also really want to thank the fans because you are the only reason the industry cares about everything I do and everything you did this summer. I am so overwhelmed and surprised by your generosity to myself. Thank you for everything. I hope to see you soon, ”she concluded

Taylor Swift won the VMA for Best Director for the music video for her single The Man, the 30-year-old star's directorial debut.

& # 39; Folks, that's amazing. This is the first video I've ever shot alone and I'm just so grateful for it. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the team that believed in me as a first time director and made this video with me. My dp, my A.D., my editor and Ethan, Joe, bill and his team who made me a very exciting man, ”began Swift, giving her acceptance speech via webcam.

“I would also like to thank two women I worked with who convinced me I was up to the challenge of directing, and those women were my producers on this video, Rebecca Skinner and Jill Harden.

Best Pop: BTS grabbed the VMA video for Best Pop for their hit track On, and all seven group members, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, took the time to check out theirs pious fan army to thank remote appearance at the award ceremony

Best Pop: BTS grabbed the VMA video for Best Pop for their hit track On, and all seven group members, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, took the time to check out theirs pious fan army to thank remote appearance at the award ceremony

Appreciation: “Wow, thank you for the best pop at the Video Music Awards. We are really honored. To the army. It means so much to us. Really. Our new single "Dynamite". We hope everyone in the world can see the positive energy. We want to comfort and cheer you on in these times. Let us sing of joy and comfort. This is for you! & # 39; said the beloved septet together

Appreciation: “Wow, thank you for the best pop at the Video Music Awards. We are really honored. To the army. It means so much to us. Really. Our new single "Dynamite". We hope everyone in the world can see the positive energy. We want to comfort and cheer you on in these times. Let us sing of joy and comfort. This is for you! & # 39; said the beloved septet together

& # 39; Thanks for that. I was told this is an industry chosen award so I'd like to thank everyone in the industry who voted for this video. I also really want to thank the fans because you are the only reason the industry cares about everything I do and everything you did this summer. I am so overwhelmed and surprised by your generosity to myself. Thank you for everything. I hope to see you soon, ”she concluded.

BTS snapped up the VMA for Best Pop video for their hit track On, and all seven group members, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, took the time to network with their devout fan army via a remote Appearance to thank the award ceremony.

“Wow, thanks for the best pop at the Video Music Awards. We are really honored. To the army. It means so much to us. Really. Our new single "Dynamite". We hope everyone in the world can see the positive energy. We want to comfort and cheer you on in these times. Let us sing of joy and comfort. This is for you! & # 39; said the beloved septet together.

Best Hip-Hop: Megan Thee Stallion celebrated her best hip-hop video win by putting a bottle of champagne in the middle of her acceptance speech

Best Hip-Hop: Megan Thee Stallion celebrated her best hip-hop video win by putting a bottle of champagne in the middle of her acceptance speech

Best New Artist: Doja Cat, who performed at the ceremony on Sunday, beat fan favorites Roddy Ricch and YUNGBLUD in the Best New Artist category.

Best New Artist: Doja Cat, who performed at the ceremony on Sunday, beat fan favorites Roddy Ricch and YUNGBLUD in the Best New Artist category.

Doja Cat, who performed at the ceremony on Sunday, beat fan favorites Roddy Ricch and YUNGBLUD in the Best New Artist category.

Megan Thee Stallion celebrated her best hip-hop video win by popping a bottle of champagne in the middle of her long-distance acceptance speech.

The award was given to the music video for their summer anthem Savage.

Best R&B: The Weeknd's highly conceived music video for his club banger Blinding Lights earned him the VMA for Best R&B, and the 30-year-old singer, unlike many other nominees / winners, took the honor at the location of the show in Against NYC.

Best R&B: The Weeknd's highly conceived music video for his club banger Blinding Lights earned him the VMA for Best R&B, and the 30-year-old singer, unlike many other nominees / winners, took the honor at the location of the show in Against NYC.

Video of the year: The music video The Blinding Lights also brought The Weeknd the biggest award of the night: "Video of the year"

Video of the year: The music video The Blinding Lights also brought The Weeknd the biggest award of the night: "Video of the year"

In the Video For Good category, which honors music videos with an activist message, the singer-songwriter H.E.R. took home the award for her powerful music video I Can & # 39; t Breathe.

The Weeknd's highly conceived music video for his club banger Blinding Lights earned him the VMA for Best R&B, and the 30-year-old singer, unlike many other nominees / winners, took the honor at the show's location in NYC.

“Thank you, VMAs and MTV. I want to thank Lamar Taylor and Anton Tammi for the video. It's hard for me to celebrate now and enjoy this moment, ”the hitmaker admitted before using his platform to express his support for two well-known victims of police brutality.

Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly's steamy Bloody Valentine music video, in which girlfriend Megan Fox starred as the video vixen, won the VMA for Best Alternative Video

Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly's steamy Bloody Valentine music video, in which girlfriend Megan Fox starred as the video vixen, won the VMA for Best Alternative Video

Das Musikvideo von Blinding Lights brachte The Weeknd auch die größte Auszeichnung der Nacht ein: "Video des Jahres".

Das dampfende Bloody Valentine-Musikvideo von Machine Gun Kelly, in dem Freundin Megan Fox als Video-Füchsin zu sehen war, wurde mit dem VMA als bestes alternatives Video ausgezeichnet.

Der 30-jährige Rapper, der bei der Zeremonie seine Hits My Ex's Best Friend und Bloody Valentine aufführte, zog einen tiefvioletten Overall an, um seine Mondperson aufzunehmen.

Bestes Latein: Der kolumbianische Sänger Maluma brachte seine unbestreitbare Prahlerei auf die MTV VMA-Bühne und ging mit dem Gong für das beste lateinamerikanische Musikvideo für seinen Titel Qué Pena mit der Reggaeton-Ikone J Balvin davon

Bestes Latein: Der kolumbianische Sänger Maluma brachte seine unbestreitbare Prahlerei auf die MTV VMA-Bühne und ging mit dem Gong für das beste lateinamerikanische Musikvideo für seinen Titel Qué Pena mit der Reggaeton-Ikone J Balvin davon

Bestes Musikvideo von zu Hause: Obwohl keiner von ihnen anwesend war - virtuell oder physisch -, haben Justin Bieber und Ariana Grandes von der Quarantäne inspiriertes Musikvideo Stuck with U den Preis für das beste Musikvideo von zu Hause erhalten

Bestes Musikvideo von zu Hause: Obwohl keiner von ihnen anwesend war – virtuell oder physisch -, haben Justin Bieber und Ariana Grandes von der Quarantäne inspiriertes Musikvideo Stuck with U den Preis für das beste Musikvideo von zu Hause erhalten

Video For Good: In der Kategorie Video For Good, in der Musikvideos mit einer aktivistischen Botschaft gewürdigt werden, hat die Singer-Songwriterin H.E.R. den Preis für ihr kraftvolles Musikvideo I Can't Breathe mit nach Hause genommen

Video For Good: In der Kategorie Video For Good, in der Musikvideos mit einer aktivistischen Botschaft gewürdigt werden, hat die Singer-Songwriterin H.E.R. den Preis für ihr kraftvolles Musikvideo I Can't Breathe mit nach Hause genommen

„Also werde ich nur Gerechtigkeit für Jacob Blake und Gerechtigkeit für Breonna Taylor sagen. Danke dir.'

Obwohl keiner von ihnen anwesend war – virtuell oder physisch -, wurde das von Quarantäne inspirierte Musikvideo Stuck with U von Justin Bieber und Ariana Grande mit dem Preis für das beste Musikvideo von zu Hause ausgezeichnet.

Der kolumbianische Sänger Maluma brachte seine unbestreitbare Prahlerei auf die MTV VMA-Bühne und ging mit dem Gong für das beste lateinamerikanische Musikvideo für seinen Track Qué Pena mit der Reggaeton-Ikone J Balvin davon.

Ein Moment wie dieser: Kelly Clarkson leitete die Starparade der Prominenten, die sich während der Veranstaltung präsentierten

Leuchtender Stern: Sie gab Lady Gaga als Gewinnerin des Künstlers des Jahres bekannt

Ein Moment wie dieser: Kelly Clarkson leitete die Starparade der Prominenten, die sich während der Veranstaltung präsentierten, als sie Lady Gaga als Gewinnerin des Künstlers des Jahres bekannt gab

Golden: Drew Barrymore präsentierte sich auch während der Gala

Golden: Drew Barrymore präsentierte sich auch während der Gala

Grün werden: Nicole Richie zeigt ein langbeiniges Display

Grün werden: Nicole Richie zeigt ein langbeiniges Display

Dynamisches Duo: Joey King und Madison Beer verteilten ebenfalls Mondpersonen

Dynamisches Duo: Joey King und Madison Beer verteilten ebenfalls Mondpersonen

Dynamisches Duo: Joey King und Madison Beer verteilten ebenfalls Mondpersonen

Gastgeberin mit den meisten: Keke Palmer war Gastgeberin der Galaveranstaltung

Hostess with the mostess: Keke Palmer hosted the gala event

Showing off: She showed off all of her talents as she even performed her track Snack

Showing off: She showed off all of her talents as she even performed her track Snack

Gaga didn't only earn several awards she also had one of the most talked about performances of the night as she was even joined by Ariana Grande.

The showstopping set was a medley of Gaga's songs including 911, Rain On Me, and Stupid Love, from her hit album Chromatica.

Making a statement on abiding by safety guidelines, Gaga, 34, wore a LED face mask throughout her set, as well as Ariana, 27, who wore a black silk mask, as she joined her for their hit For Rain On Me.

Making a statement: Gaga didn't only earn several awards she also had one of the most talked about performances of the night as she was even joined by Ariana Grande

Making a statement: Gaga didn't only earn several awards she also had one of the most talked about performances of the night as she was even joined by Ariana Grande

The pair wore similar outfits to that of the video for Rain On Me, which was a big winner on the night.

The performance was kicked off by Gaga under a blanket as she watched a TV, which teased a performance by Britney Spears and N*Sync from an old MTV VMAs event.

She then got up from the couch and began singing the track 911 from her latest album, before Ariana also came on stage with her.

Keeping safe: The duo showed off their face masks while performing their hit song

Keeping safe: The duo showed off their face masks while performing their hit song

Singing it out: Ariana belted her notes through a black satin face mask

Singing it out: Ariana belted her notes through a black satin face mask

Sexy: The Chromatica star wowed in a bondage-style outfit

Sexy: The Chromatica star wowed in a bondage-style outfit

Mother Monster: Gaga wowed in fishnets and leather as she performed a medley

Mother Monster: Gaga wowed in fishnets and leather as she performed a medley

Trailing them in the glam stakes was Miley Cyrus who came out swinging – quite literally – as she performed her song Midnight Sky from a giant mirror ball.

Miley, 27 wore a very skimpy outfit for the performance of the song, which she sang live.

The pop star is known for making a big splash at the event, having previously caused an outcry when she performed in latex bra and pants alongside Robin Thicke back in 2013.

Pandemic pop: The stars appeared to be making a statement with their face masks

Quick change: Gaga wore a variety of ensembles for the performance

Pandemic pop: The stars appeared to be making a statement with their face masks

A Star is (Re)Born: Gaga is back to her kook pop roots

A Star is (Re)Born: Gaga is back to her kook pop roots

Choreo: Gaga's dancers also wore masks as she danced behind her

Choreo: Gaga's dancers also wore masks as she danced behind her

Quick change: Impressively, the singer was able to switch outfits throughout her performance

Quick change: Impressively, the singer was able to switch outfits throughout her performance

Sci-fi: The singer put on a techy display with an LED face mask

Sci-fi: The singer put on a techy display with an LED face mask

This time around, the defiant singer appeared to throw a nod to her racy past as she went from performing the hit song on a stage, to getting on top of a mirror ball.

Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance.

The Weeknd opened the show with a performance of his hit song – Blinding Lights – on the rooftop of the Edge, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere.

Wrecking Ball part two! Miley Cyrus swings on a giant disco ball in a a VERY skimpy outfit at the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York on Sunday

Wrecking Ball part two! Miley Cyrus swings on a giant disco ball in a a VERY skimpy outfit at the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York on Sunday

Wow: Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance

Wow: Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance

Red alert: Miley, 27, looked stunning as she took to the stage which was filled with a red-hued filter

Red alert: Miley, 27, looked stunning as she took to the stage which was filled with a red-hued filter

Star: Miley is known for making a big impact at the MTV Awards

Star: Miley is known for making a big impact at the MTV Awards

The Canada-born star came into the night with six nominations including Artist Of The Year, and five for the song's video: Video Of The Year, Best R&B, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Direction by Anton Tammi.

Looking bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, the hitmaker kicked things off seemingly passed-out, laying on the ground in a pre-recorded clip.

As the intro to the song progressed, The Weeknd stood up to reveal his 1980s-era ensemble of black pants, red blazer and black shirt and tie.

High-flying: The Weeknd opened the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York City with a rooftop performance of his hit song Blinding Lights

High-flying: The Weeknd opened the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York City with a rooftop performance of his hit song Blinding Lights

Cinematic: The singer-songwriter, 30, performed atop the Edge at Hudson Yards, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere

Cinematic: The singer-songwriter, 30, performed atop the Edge at Hudson Yards, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere

Battered: The Canadian crooner looked bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200

Battered: The Canadian crooner looked bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200

The impressive visual effect included an array of light towers and images of subway cars behind him.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, before the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to re-think the entire event.

This year's show marks the first time the bash has been held at various different locations, with performances taking place in and around New York City, without packed audiences to abide by social distancing guidelines.

Wowser: Doja Cat performs her hit song Say So at the award show

Wowser: Doja Cat performs her hit song Say So at the award show

Nude awakening: The rapper wore a Showgirls-style nude body suit with silver detailing

Nude awakening: The rapper wore a Showgirls-style nude body suit with silver detailing

Sultry: The star certainly garnered attention in her revealing outfit

Sultry: The star certainly garnered attention in her revealing outfit

Space age: Doja performed a visually spectacular set on the show

Space age: Doja performed a visually spectacular set on the show

Out of this world: The rapper certainly took her performance to the next level on the show

Out of this world: The rapper certainly took her performance to the next level on the show

MTV explained its plans for the show to ‘(span) all five boroughs’ of New York, to ‘pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents.’

Nominations this year were dominated by pop performers Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, with nine nods each, while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd followed closely behind with six each.

They all appear in the top prize category, Video of the Year, which finds Eilish's Everything I Wanted going up against Eminem and Juice WRLD's Godzilla, Future and Drake's Life Is Good, Gaga and Grande's Rain on Me, Taylor Swift's The Man, and The Weeknd's Blinding Lights.

Boys: Zabdiel De Jesus, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colon and Christopher Velez of CNCO perform at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards at the Skyline Drive-In

Boys: Zabdiel De Jesus, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colon and Christopher Velez of CNCO perform at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards at the Skyline Drive-In

Driving force: Richard and Erick of CNCO perform at the VMAs

Driving force: Richard and Erick of CNCO perform at the VMAs

He's got the moves: Colombian singer Maluma pulls off another impressive socially-distanced performance

He's got the moves: Colombian singer Maluma pulls off another impressive socially-distanced performance

Here's looking at you: Maluma engaged with the audience, despite there not being a live crowd

Here's looking at you: Maluma engaged with the audience, despite there not being a live crowd

Masked ups: It appeared that his backing dancers all wore face coverings for the event

Masked ups: It appeared that his backing dancers all wore face coverings for the event

Nominees for Push Best New Artist were revealed on July 23 and other categories were announced on July 30. Fan voting began on July 30 and ended on August 23.

Additional categories were unveiled last week, including Song of Summer, Best Group and Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers, with the latter created to ‘celebrate performances by Covid-19 first responders.’

Other new one-off award categories this year are for Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video from Home.

Not just the host with the most: Keke Palmer also performed Snack during the show

Not just the host with the most: Keke Palmer also performed Snack during the show

Wow factor: Keke proved she can do it all by hosting the show and putting in a stellar performance

Wow factor: Keke proved she can do it all by hosting the show and putting in a stellar performance

Singing star: Keke sang her 2020 hit Snack

Singing star: Keke sang her 2020 hit Snack

DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car.

The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar.

He was seen in the back of a police car during the performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage.

Political: DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car.

Political: DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car.

Moving: The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar

Moving: The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar

Statement: DaBaby is seen in the back of a police car during his performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage

Statement: DaBaby is seen in the back of a police car during his performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage

Closing out the bash was the Black Eyed Peas, who treated viewers to a rendition of their classic hit I Gotta Feeling.

Replacing the singer Fergie in the band is J. Rey Soul, real name Jessica Reynoso.

She first got involved with the band when she worked with member apl.de.ap on The Voice Philippines.

Calling in: BTS performed from South Korea during the show

Calling in: BTS performed from South Korea during the show

The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, where Madonna performed her hit Like a Virgin wearing her iconic wedding gown/bustier combination.

The Video Vanguard Award has been awarded to 34 acts, and was renamed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1991, after he previously won the 1988 trophy.

MTV has stated that next year’s 2021 VMAs will be held at the Barclays Center.

Surprise performance: apl.de.ap, will.i.am, Taboo, and J. Rey Soul of Black Eyed Peas closed the show

Surprise performance: apl.de.ap, will.i.am, Taboo, and J. Rey Soul of Black Eyed Peas closed the show

Where is the love... for this band? The Black Eyed Peas were a surprise performance for the evening

Where is the love… for this band? The Black Eyed Peas were a surprise performance for the evening

So 2008 and late: The band brought some nostalgic vibes to the show

So 2008 and late: The band brought some nostalgic vibes to the show

Guest: Rapper Tyga also made an appearance on the show

Guest: Rapper Tyga also made an appearance on the show

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards WINNERS

MTV TRICON AWARD

Lady Gaga – WINNER

Rock on: Lady Gaga was the biggest winner of the night taking home five moonpersons

Rock on: Lady Gaga was the biggest winner of the night taking home five moonpersons

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

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 Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" – WINNER

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

DaBaby

Lady Gaga – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

Die weeknd

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST

Lewis Capaldi

Doja Cat – WINNER

Yungblud

Say so? Doja cat earned the Best New Artist gong

Say so? Doja cat earned the Best New Artist gong

BEST COLLABORATION

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"

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me" – WINNER

Ed Sheeran (featuring Khalid) – "Beautiful People"

BEST HIP HOP

DaBaby – "Bop"

Eminem (featuring Juice Wrld) – "Godzilla"

Future (featuring Drake) – "Life Is Good"

Megan Thee Stallion – "Savage" – WINNER

Roddy Ricch – "The Box"

Travis Scott – "Highest in the Room"

Nods: Future and Drake in their video for Life Is Good

Nods: Future and Drake in their video for Life Is Good

BEST K-POP

BTS – "On" – WINNER

Exo – "Obsession"

(G)I-dle – "Oh My God"

Monsta X – "Someone's Someone"

Red Velvet – "Psycho"

TXT – "9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)"

BEST ROCK

blink-182 – "Happy Days"

Coldplay – "Orphans"

Evanescence – "Wasted on You"

Fall Out Boy (featuring Wyclef Jean) – "Dear Future Self (Hands Up)"

Green Day – "Oh Yeah!"

The Killers – "Caution"

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – "Wildflower"

blink-182 – "Happy Days"

Drake – "Toosie Slide"

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – "Stuck with U" – WINNER

John Legend – "Bigger Love"

twenty one pilots – "Level of Concern"

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – "All the Good Girls Go to Hell"

H.E.R. – "I Can't Breathe" – WINNER

Lil Baby – "The Bigger Picture"

Demi Lovato – "I Love Me"

Anderson Paak – "Lockdown"

Taylor Swift – "The Man"

Inspirational: Demi Lovato in the video for I Love Me

Inspirational: Demi Lovato in the video for I Love Me

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – "Babushka Boi" (Art Directors: A$AP Rocky, Nadia Lee Cohen and Brittany Porter)

Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter" (Art Director: Christian Stone) – WINNER

Selena Gomez – "Boyfriend" (Art Director: Tatiana Van Sauter)

Dua Lipa – "Physical" (Art Director: Anna Colomé Nogu)

Harry Styles – "Adore You" (Art Director: Laura Ellis Cricks)

Taylor Swift – "Lover" (Art Director: Kurt Gefke)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me" (Director of Photography: Michael Merriman) – WINNER

Katy Perry – "Harleys in Hawaii" (Director of Photography: Arnau Valls)

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" (Director of Photography: Oliver Millar)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – "all the good girls go to hell" (Visual Effects: Drive Studio)

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me" (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)

Dua Lipa – "Physical" (Visual Effects: EIGHTY4 and Mathematic) – WINNER

Demi Lovato – "I Love Me" (Visual Effects: Hoody FX)

Travis Scott – "Highest in the Room" (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)

Harry Styles – "Adore You" (Visual Effects: Mathematic)

SONG OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat – "Say So"

Billie Eilish – "Everything I Wanted"

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me" – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion – "Savage"

Post Malone – "Circles"

Roddy Ricch – "The Box"

BEST GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer

Blackpink

BTS – WINNER

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Kleine Mischung

Monsta X

Now United

The 1975

Twenty One Pilots

BEST POP

Justin Bieber (featuring Quavo) – "Intentions"

BTS – "On" – WINNER

Halsey – "You Should Be Sad"

Jonas Brothers – "What a Man Gotta Do"

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me"

Taylor Swift – "Lover"

She's The Man: Taylor Swift dressed up as a man for her video

She's The Man: Taylor Swift dressed up as a man for her video

BEST R&B

Chloe x Halle – "Do It"

H.E.R. (featuring YG) – "Slide"

Alicia Keys – "Underdog"

Khalid (featuring Summer Walker) – "Eleven"

Lizzo – "Cuz I Love You"

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" – WINNER

BEST LATIN

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"

Maluma (featuring J Balvin) – "Qué Pena" – WINNER

BEST ALTERNATIVE

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"

Machine Gun Kelly – "Bloody Valentine" – WINNER

twenty one pilots – "Level of Concern"

Best kiss? Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox in his promo

Best kiss? Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox in his promo

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe x Halle – "Do It" (from MTV Prom-Athon)

CNCO – MTV Unplugged at Home – WINNER

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"

BEST DIRECTION

Doja Cat – "Say So" (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)

Billie Eilish – "Xanny" (Director: Billie Eilish)

Dua Lipa – "Don't Start Now" (Director: Nabil)

Harry Styles – "Adore You" (Director: Dave Meyers)

Taylor Swift – "The Man" (Director: Taylor Swift) – WINNER

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" (Director: Anton Tammi)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – "On" (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk) – WINNER

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)

BEST EDITING

James Blake – "Can't Believe the Way We Flow" (Editor: Frank Lebon)

Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter" (Editors: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico) – WINNER

Halsey – "Graveyard" (Editors: Emille Aubry, Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)

Lizzo – "Good as Hell" (Editors: Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan)

Rosalía – "A Palé" (Editor: Andre Jones)

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights" (Editors: Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)

SONG OF SUMMER

Blackpink – "How You Like That" – WINNER

Cardi B (featuring Megan Thee Stallion) – "WAP"

Miley Cyrus – "Midnight Sky"

DaBaby (featuring Roddy Rich) – "Rockstar"

DJ Khaled (featuring Drake) – "Popstar"

Doja Cat – "Say So"

Jack Harlow – "Whats Poppin"

Lil Baby (featuring 42 Dugg) – "We Paid"

Dua Lipa – "Break My Heart"

Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Beyoncé) – "Savage (Remix)"

Pop Smoke (featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Rich) – "The Woo"

Saint Jhn – "Roses" Saweetie – "Tap In"

Harry Styles – "Watermelon Sugar"

Taylor Swift – "Cardigan"

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights"

X-Rated: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in their WAP video

X-Rated: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in their WAP video

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