MTV VMAs recap: The Weeknd wins video of the year, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s performance has the world talking

There’s absolutely no reason for you to be grumpy this Monday morning after the amazing weekend the MTV VMAs had set out for us! It was lights, camera, celebrity and action when international acts took to the stage to celebrate the prestigious awards ceremony.

First of all, we take our hats off for the queen of stage performance, LADY GAGA for her thrilling performance that left us electrified and entertained on our couches.

Lady Gaga cleaned house at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, while The Weeknd took home the top prize — and both pop stars sent important messages to viewers about the current state of the world: “Wear a mask” and “Justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.”

Gaga won five honours on Sunday, most of them for her No. 1 hit with Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me,” which the pop stars performed live for the first time.

“Wear a mask. It’s a sign of respect,” Gaga said during one of her several appearances onstage as she accepted awards like artist of the year, song of the year and the MTV Tricon award.

With an electronic mask, Gaga performed a medley of her songs, including “Stupid Love,” “Chromatica II” and “911.” She and Grande were joined by a number of background dancers all wearing masks.

The Weeknd, the first performer of the night, paid tribute to Blake and Taylor — two Black people who were shot by police officers — after winning video of the year and best R&B for “Blinding Lights.”

“It’s really hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment, so I’m just going to say: justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor,” he said.

The VMAs kicked off with another touching moment, as host Keke Palmer told viewers the show was dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday at age 43 after privately battling colon cancer for four years.

“We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He’s a true hero, not just on-screen,” Palmer said. “His impact lives forever.”

The show also took moments to honor Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke, rappers who died in recent months though their current albums continue to dominate the pop charts and streaming services.

The Black Eyed Peas, who closed the two-hour-plus show with Nicky Jam and Tyga, ended their set by saying, “Black Lives Matter.” And R&B star H.E.R. won the video for good award for her protest anthem about police brutality and systemic racism, “I Can’t Breathe.”

“I’m super proud of everybody speaking out on social injustice,” H.E.R. said.

But most of the show was dedicated to fun performances — some pre-taped, some filmed in various locations in New York City, though the performance locations weren’t always clear. The VMAs were originally supposed to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but plans changed because of the pandemic.

Colombian singer and best Latin winner Maluma sang from Brooklyn, while The Weeknd performed from Manhattan. Pop all-stars BTS, who won four awards including best pop and best group, performed from South Korea.

They were top-notch during the pre-taped performance, which featured their signature, skilled choreography. The seven band members danced and sang in sharp suits, at some points with the backdrop of Times Square behind them.

DaBaby, backed by the dance crew Jabbawockeez, ran through several of his hits, including “Rock Star.” During the latter track, he rapped while jumping on top of a police car, with a burning city as his backdrop. And Doja Cat, who was named Push best new artist, gave a futuristic performance of her hits “Say So” and “Like That.”

Other performers included Latin boy band CNCO and Miley Cyrus, who ended her performance of “Midnight Sky” by sitting on top of a large disco ball, replicating her viral “Wrecking Ball” clip from 2013.

As for top honours, Grande tied BTS with four wins. Her No. 1 duet with Justin Bieber, “Stuck with U,” won best music video from home — one of two new awards MTV established as artists have made shifts because of the pandemic. CNCO won best quarantine performance for “MTV Unplugged at Home.”

Megan Thee Stallion won best hip-hop for “Savage” and Taylor Swift won best direction for “The Man.”

“This is the very first video that I’ve ever directed on my own. And I just I’m so grateful for this,” Swift said. “I wanted to take an opportunity to say thank to the team who believed in me as a first-time director and made this video with me.”

A full list of winners at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are as follows:

Video of the Year

The Weeknd, ‘Blinding Lights’

Tricon Award

Lady Gaga

Artist of the Year

Lady Gaga

Song of the Year

Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande, ‘Rain on Me’

PUSH Best New Artist

Doja Cat

Best Latin

Maluma, ‘Qué Pena’ ft. J Balvin

Best Direction

Taylor Swift, ‘The Man’ (directed by Taylor Swift)

Best Collaboration

Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande, ‘Rain on Me’

Best Hip-Hop

Megan Thee Stallion, ‘Savage’

Video for Good

H.E.R., ‘I Can’t Breathe’

Best R&B

The Weeknd, ‘Blinding Lights’

Best Pop


Best Rock

Coldplay, ‘Orphans’

Best Cinematography

Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande, ‘Rain on Me’ (cinematography: Thomas Kloss)

Best Visual Effects

Dua Lipa, ‘Physical’ (visual effects: EIGHTY4)

Best Music Video From Home

Ariana Grande / Justin Bieber, ‘Stuck with U’

Best Quarantine Performance

CNCO: Unplugged at Home

Best K-Pop


Best Group


Best Alternative

Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Bloody Valentine’

Best Editing

Miley Cyrus, ‘Mother’s Daughter’ (editing: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico)

Best Art Direction

Miley Cyrus, ‘Mother’s Daughter’ (art direction: Christian Stone)

Best Choreography

BTS, ‘ON’ (choreography: Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun and Lee Byung Eun)

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