Music At Its Finest

The MTV Video Music Awards Kicks Off With Their Pandemic Broadcast


Patrick Deliz

The Video Music Awards unconventional premiere during COVID-19 gave artists a chance to perform again.

Patrick Deliz, A&E Writer

Although 2020 has been a rough ride for many of us whenever we feel down we often turn to music. Premiering last Sunday, the Video Music Awards (VMA) raised some spirits or at least had us dancing at one point or another. 

Nominee Winners

Video of the Year

– Blinding Lights by The Weeknd

Artist of the Year

– Lady Gaga

Push Best New Artist

– Doja Cat

Song of the Year

– Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Best Collaboration

– Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Best Pop

– On by BTS

Best Hip-Hop

– Savage by Megan Thee Stallion

Best R&B

– Blinding Lights by The Weeknd

Best K-Pop

– On by BTS

Best Latin

– Qué Pena by Maluma ft. J Balvin

Best Rock

– Orphans by Coldplay

Best Alternative

– Bloody Valentine by Machine Gun Kelly

Best Music Video from Home

– Stuck with U by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande

Song of the Summer

– How You Like That by BLACKPINK

Best Group


Hosted by Keke Palmer, the night was filled with show stopping performances by incredible artists. The Weeknd set the mood for the night, performing ‘Blinding Lights’ as the show began. BTS made their first VMA performance debut with their new single ‘Dynamite’. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande performed ‘Rain on Me’, as well as other songs that were featured in Gaga’s new album ‘Chromatica’. More performances included the Black Eyed Peas, CNCO, The Weeknd, DaBaby, Doja Cat, and Maluma. Presenters included Bebe Rexha, Bella Hadid, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Machine Gun Kelly, and more.

The MTV VMAs even paid tribute to the frontline medical workers, “who kept everyone going with their impromptu and off-the-cuff performances,” according to MTV.

Gaga Takeover

Lady Gaga was certainly the star of the VMAs, along with Ariana Grande. Winning nominations for ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Song of the Year’, and ‘Best Collaboration’, Gaga left a mark on that stage. Not only were her wins all the talk, but her eccentric looks were unforgettable. From a mask with horns and beautiful gowns to an amazing performance, Gaga was the word. She also won the first-ever MTV Tricon Award, an award for winning three nominations. Overall, Gaga now has 18 new VMAs- along with her many other awards to put on her shelves.


The 2020 VMAs were certainly a sight to see. While odd in some aspects, MTV did not disappoint- given the circumstances we have adapted to. I look forward to seeing how the following awards ceremonies roll out their carpets, preparing for a night to remember.