The Top 10 moments from VMAs 2020 that we can’t stop talking about


The top 10 moments from VMAs 2020 that we can’t stop talking about

The masks, the sparks, and everything in between

By Nishtha Bhalla  August 31st, 2020

Let’s be real, this year’s MTV Video Music Awards were always going to be unique, with the pandemic looming large over our heads. And it definitely wasn’t a smooth ride for VMAs 2020 — the show had artists pulling in and out of the lineup, it was filmed in 20 different locations, someone leaked a few of the winners, and the performers had the tough task of performing in front of… no one.

Having said that, VMAs 2020 turned out to be an event that we couldn’t tear our entertainment-starved eyes away from, full of heartfelt, fun, and even historic moments that proved to be a breath of fresh air in a heavy, heavy world. Swipe to see 10 moments from this year’s Video Music Awards we can’t stop talking about.

Chadwick Boseman passed away unexpectedly on August 28, and the VMAs made sure to honour his memory with a heartfelt tribute. Host Keke Palmer dedicated the entire event to the late actor, and MTV honoured Boseman with a tribute reliving his 2018 MTV Movie Awards win for Best Hero.

We know calling someone ‘the host with the most’ is a cliché, but boy, does Keke Palmer bring a whole new meaning to the phrase. Starting with a heartfelt tribute to Chadwick Boseman, she gave an impassioned speech about the world around us and the power of music to make cultural change. She performed, she joked, she did impressions, and she even danced. We love to see it. 

We knew the Video Music Awards were going to be an explosive event… But who knew the fireworks would start prior to the show? Last Thursday, the internet was scrambling to find the star who set off a bunch of fireworks on the Hudson River for their pre-taped performance. The culprit? None other than the first performer of the night, The Weeknd, who blinded us with light to perform Blinding Lights

Seven years after her infamous Wrecking Ball video, Miley Cyrus is back. She performed her new single, Midnight Sky, while straddling a large disco ball and swinging from the ceiling. Don’t worry about the set—this was pre-taped.

From writing and releasing an entire album in this lockdown, to knitting cardigans for all her friends, Taylor Swift has killed it in this pandemic once again. This time, by making history. She is the first solo female artist to win Best Director for The Man, a music video she also starred in BTW, dressed as a man!
PS: How cute does she look in her zoom-recorded acceptance speech?

Our favourite divas finally shared the stage, and we just can’t keep calm. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande performed their duet, Rain on Me, for the first time since it was released, and may we just say that this grande performance had us going gaga. 

Trust Lady Gaga to nail every single lewk she serves, even in the middle of a pandemic. We can’t help but drool over her ten inch heels, and every single mask she wears. 

We love a good bop-session to I Gotta Feeling. But there was one question on everyone’s mind: Where is Fergie?! Well, it turns out she’s taken a backseat with the group to work on being a good mom. The group is now working with singer J Rey. 

For the first time ever, the VMAs red carpet was notoriously empty and we can thank physical distancing norms for that. Each celebrity adapted to the new normal and was captured individually. Well, more outfit-stalking time for us.

How could we ever forget K-pop group BTS? They've made history by being the first Asian act to ever win Best Pop, and the first Korean group to ever perform at the VMAs. And get this — they won every single award they were nominated for this year. We’re shook.

What were your favourite moments from VMAs 2020?

Photographs: Getty Images, Instagram