2020 ‘MTV’ Video Music Awards

  • 12 Sep - 18 Sep, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Awards

Held live around New York City, socially distanced but without an audience, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were the last of the summer award shows, and the first to attempt some semblance of old days pizzazz, and Zooming-from-your-living-room relatability. Keke Palmer hosted, and acknowledged the huge tragedy – the death of Chadwick Boseman. Also, not everyone went in. Taylor Swift accepted her prize remotely. So did BTS, though the band performed in a pre-recorded segment in very snazzy suits and ties. There was a space where hosts and performers could pose on their own for arrival photos to show off their clothes: Sofia Carson, in red Giambattista Valli with a giant poufy peplum; Joey King in a short rose-print Versace; Machine Gun Kelly in hot pink Berluti. It was nice to see them make an effort, and to experience a bit of a vicarious dressing-up thrill, even if without the attendant crowds and paparazzi. It also felt as if something were missing, but then came Lady Gaga. She accepted her many awards in person. She performed and changed clothes every single time she appeared with a different face mask. The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV's linear and digital platforms, as well as with several performances around New York City. Find the full winners list below:


Video of the Year

The Weeknd: Blinding Lights

Artist of the Year

Lady Gaga

PUSH Best New Artist

Doja Cat

Song of the Year

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: Rain on Me

Best Collaboration

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: Rain on Me

MTV Tricon Award

Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records

Best Pop


Best Hip Hop

Megan Thee Stallion: Savage

Best R&B

The Weeknd: Blinding Lights

Best K-Pop


Best Latin

Maluma ft. J Balvin: Que? Pena

Best Rock

Coldplay: Orphans

Best Alternative

Machine Gun Kelly: Bloody Valentine

Best Group


Best Music Video from Home

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber: Stuck with U

Best Quarantine Performance

CNCO: MTV Unplugged At Home

Video for Good

H.E.R: I Can’t Breathe

Best Direction

Taylor Swift: The Man

Best Cinematography

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: Rain on Me

Best Art Direction

Miley Cyrus: Mother’s Daughter

Best Visual Effects

Dua Lipa: Physical

Best Choreography


Best Editing

Miley Cyrus: Mother’s Daughter