The VMAs are looking a little different this year.
The MTV VMAs, short for Video Music Awards, is an annual event that honours the best music videos over a range of categories. Usually kicking off with performances and a live audience, this year’s show was one of a kind due to the pandemic.
5 must-watch performances from the 2020 VMAs: Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, BTS, and more
Today (31/8), the 2020 MTV VMAs broadcasted virtually, seeing performances air from different locations across New York and South Korea – as well as two new categories Best Music Video From Home and Best Quarantine Performance introduced.
The winners, too, have made history with their wins from the ceremony.
While BTS have gone home with other VMAs in the past, this is the first time an Asian act has received Best Pop, one of the show’s main categories. With that, BTS’ awards round up to a total of four, in addition to Best K-pop, Best Group, and Best Choreography.
💜 @BTS_twt is taking home the Moon Person for Best Pop at this year's #VMAs! ✨ pic.twitter.com/vfNyLM3ikU— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2020
Lady Gaga is another to achieve a monumental milestone in her career. Besides taking home Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Best Cinematography, she was also given the inaugural Tricon Award, which recognises her as a 'triple-icon' in music, acting, fashion and activism.
How inspirational was @ladygaga's Tricon Award acceptance speech?! We are still in awe! #VMAs pic.twitter.com/XKoDxSJiEs— MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2020
The rest of the show was led by other winners including the likes of Maluma for Best Latin, H.E.R. for Video for Good, Doja Cat for PUSH Best New Artist, The Weeknd for Best R&B and Video of the Year, BLACKPINK for Song of the Year and Taylor Swift for Best Direction. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga also received Best Collaboration for 'Rain on Me', which is interestingly directed by Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker who made Spy Kids.
more people need to know that "rain on me" was also directed by the guy who did spy kids @Rodriguez #VMAs pic.twitter.com/KV8Luj0AYx— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) August 31, 2020
Check out the complete list of winners below:
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'
Song of the Summer: BLACKPINK: 'How You Like That'
PUSH Best New Artist, Presented by Chime Banking: Doja Cat
Best Latin: Maluma: 'Qué Pena' [ft. J Balvin]
Best Direction: Taylor Swift: 'The Man' (dir. 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: BTS: 'ON'
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: BTS: 'ON'
Best Group: BTS
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)