Lady Gaga urged people to wear face masks as she won five gongs at the first ever socially distant MTV Video Music Awards 2020.The 34-year-old singer won big at the ceremony tonight (August 30), which was very different due to the current coronavirus pandemic, including the Tricon Award and Artist of the Year, as well as an impressive three gongs, including Song Of The Year, Best Collaboration and Best Cinematography for her track with Ariana Grande, ‘Rain On Me’.
Wearing face masks during every element of the show, Gaga said: “Just because we’re separated right now and culture may feel less alive in some ways, 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 generosity and love.
“This is what I believe. I want nothing more than to be your artist in 2020, it’s a total privilege. I love you, stay safe, speak your mind and I might sound like a broken record, but wear a mask, it’s a sign of respect.”
Elsewhere, it was a good night for BTS, who took home four trophies including Best Group, Best Pop, Best K-pop and Best Choreography for their track ‘On’.
The Weeknd also collected two prizes, both for his song ‘Blinding Lights’, which won him Video Of The Year as well as Best R&B track.
And to coincide with the “new normal” brought on by the current health crisis, there was two new lockdown-specific awards including Best Music Video From Home, which was won by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for their collaboration ‘Stuck with U’ and Best Quarantine Performance by CNCO for their Unplugged at Home series.
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: BTS: ‘ON’
Best Rock: Coldplay, ‘Orphans’
Best Cinematography: : Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande, ‘Rain on Me’
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)
Check out all the performances from the pre-show & main show below