Lady Gaga, BTS Win Big At 2020 MTV VMAs

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Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, BTS and Canada’s The Weeknd were big winners at the 2020 MTV VMAs, which aired on Sunday night.

Gaga was named Artist of the Year and “Rain On Me,” with Grande, won Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Cinematography.

“Ariana and I really connected through this song,” said Gaga. “Me and Ariana are truly soul sisters. Girl, this is for us. We’ve both been through some s**t together but we were willing to share that with each other.

“I feel like when we were in the studio we turned our tears, which felt like endless rainfall, into diamonds and I will treasure those diamonds with you forever.”

Accepting the first ever “Tricon Award,” Gaga acknowledged the times in which we are living. “We’re separated right now and culture may feel less alive in some ways, [but] I know a renaissance is coming and the wrath of pop culture will inspire you and the rage of art will empower you as it responds to hardship with its generous and love,” she said. “This is what I believe.”

Gaga also urged fans to “stay safe and speak your mind … and wear a mask. It’s a sign of respect.”

The VMAs adapted to the realities of a pandemic with impressive use of green-screen technology to make it appear as if it was being broadcast live from a rooftop in New York City – even though most of the show was pre-taped last week on a Los Angeles soundstage.

There was no audience (fans and their cheers were digitally added) and winners like Taylor Swift and H.E.R. delivered acceptance speeches they recorded at home.

Performances by Gaga and Grande, as well as those by Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat and the Black Eyed Peas were recorded in L.A. and a BTS performance of “Dynamite” was taped in South Korea.

There were also new categories like Best Music Video From Home ("Stuck with U" by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande) and Best Quarantine Performance (CNCO for Unplugged From Home).

The show opened with The Weeknd, in his After Hours character, performing “Blinding Lights” last Thursday night atop the Edge at Hudson Yards, followed by spectacular fireworks over the Hudson River.

Maluma performed “Hawaii” – and accepted the Best Latin VMA, for “Qué Pena” ft. J. Balvin – and CNCO performed “Beso” from Brooklyn’s Skyline Drive-In last Wednesday night.

BTS was named Best Group, Best Pop, Best K-Pop and Best Choreography. BLACKPINK won Song of the Summer for “How You Like That.”

The Weeknd used both of his acceptance speeches – for Best R&B and Video of the Year (“Blinding Lights”) to draw attention to two recent police shootings in the U.S.

“It’s really hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment,” said the Toronto native, who recorded his message last Thursday, “so I’m just going to say: Justice for Jacob Blake and Justice for Breonna Taylor.”

One Canadian shut out of VMAs this year was Drake, who  had four nominations.

See the nominees and winners below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”
Future ft. 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
DaBaby
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

BEST GROUP
BTS – WINNER
5 Seconds of Summer
The 1975
BLACKPINK
Chloe x Halle
CNCO
Little Mix
MONSTA X
Now United
twenty one pilots

SONG OF THE YEAR
Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
Post Malone – “Circles”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

BEST COLLABORATION
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid – “Beautiful People”
Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” – WINNER

BEST NEW ARTIST
Doja Cat – WINNER
Lewis Capaldi
YUNGBLUD

BEST POP
BTS – “On” – WINNER
Halsey – “You Should Be sad”
Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”
Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift – “Lover”

BEST HIP-HOP
DaBaby – “BOP”
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”
Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage” – WINNER
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
Travis Scott – “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM”

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

BEST ALTERNATIVE
The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
All Time Low – “Some Kind Of Disaster”
FINNEAS – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”
Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”
Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine” – WINNER
Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST LATIN
Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – “China”
Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – “MAMACITA”
J Balvin – “Amarillo”
Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena” -– WINNER

BEST R&B
Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
H.E.R. ft. YG – “Slide”
Khalid ft. Summer Walker – “Eleven”
Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – WINNER

BEST K-POP
(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”
BTS – “On” – WINNER
EXO – “Obsession”
Monsta X – “SOMEONE’S SOMEONE”
Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”
Red Velvet – “Psycho”

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

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME
5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U” – WINNER
blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Drake – “Toosie Slide”
John Legend – “Bigger Love”
Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE
Chloe & Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon
CNCO – Unplugged At Hom– WINNER
DJ D-Nice – Club MTV presents #DanceTogether
John Legend – #togetherathome Concert Series
Lady Gaga – “Smile” from One World: Together At Home
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST DIRECTION
Billie Eilish – “Xanny” – Billie Eilish
Doja Cat – “Say So” – Hannah Lux Davis
Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” – Nabil
Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Dave Meyers
Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Taylor Swift – WINNER
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Anton Tammi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” – Kieran Fowler
Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – “My Oh My” – Dave Meyers
Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Christopher Probst
Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” – Arnau Valls
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Thomas Kloss – WINNER
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION
A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” – A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen
Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Anna Colomé Nogu ́
Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Laura Ellis Cricks
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Christian Stone – WINNER
Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” – Tatiana Van Sauter
Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Drive Studios
Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” – Hoody FX
Dua Lipa – “Physical” – EIGHTY4 – WINNER
Harry Styles – “Adore You”  – Mathematic
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”  – Ingenuity Studios
Travis Scott – “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” – ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BTS – “On”  – Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun – WINNER
CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” – Kyle Hanagami
DaBaby – “BOP” – Dani Leigh and Cherry
Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Charm La’Donna
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Richy Jackson
Normani – “Motivation” – Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING
Halsey – “Graveyard” – Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana
James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” – Frank Lebon
Lizzo – “Good As Hell” – Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico – WINNER
ROSALÍA – “A Palé” – Andre Jones
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

SONG OF THE SUMMER
BLACKPINK “How You Like That” – WINNER
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
DJ Khaled ft. Drake “Popstar”
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”
Harry Styles –“Watermelon Sugar”
Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”
Lil Baby ft. 42 Dugg – “We Paid”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”
Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”
Pop Smoke ft. 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch – “The Woo”
SAINt JHN – “Roses”
Saweetie – “Tap In”
Taylor Swift – “cardigan”
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

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