2020 MTV Video Music Awards

2020 MTV Video Music Awards
DateAugust 30, 2020 (2020-08-30)
VenueNew York City
CountryUnited States
Hosted byKeke Palmer[1]
Most awards
Most nominations
Television/radio coverage

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 30, 2020. Keke Palmer hosted the 37th annual ceremony, which was presented primarily from New York City, but with no in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were the most nominated acts, with nine each, and Gaga received the inaugural MTV Tricon award for achievements in three or more fields of entertainment. The longlist of nominees for Push Best New Artist were revealed on July 23, 2020, and the nominees for other categories were announced on July 30. Fan voting began on July 30 and ended on August 23. Nominees for Song of Summer, Best Group and Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers were additionally released on August 24. The show was dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer two days before the ceremony.[2] The show received 6.4 million viewers which was a 5% decrease from the 6.8 million viewers at the previous ceremony.[3]

Ceremony information

The awards were originally scheduled to be held at Barclays Center for the first time since 2013.[4] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was expected to be held with "limited or no audience", as one of the first major indoor events to be held in the city since the onset of the pandemic in the state, with MTV also announcing plans for the show to "[span] all five boroughs" to "pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents".[4]

MTV eventually scrapped the indoor component of the ceremony at Barclays after "close consultation with state and local health officials" and announced that it would be conducted in an outdoor format across the city; the Center will host the 2021 show instead.[5] The majority of performances were pre-recorded either in New York City (with locations such as Hudson Yards and a drive-in theatre in Brooklyn), or on a chroma key set in Los Angeles with New York scenery (for acts unable to travel to New York City). BTS recorded their performance in their home country of South Korea.[6] All personnel entering New York City was required to quarantine for three-to-four days on arrival, and be tested before and after filming. Red carpet appearances and acceptance speeches were also recorded during the same sessions.[7]

New one-off award categories for "Quarantine Performance" and "Best Music Video from Home" were added on July 30 in light of the ongoing pandemic.[8] Three additional categories were announced on August 24: Song of Summer, Best Group and "Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers", with the latter created "to celebrate performances by COVID-19 first responders".[9][10]

In addition to the ViacomCBS family of networks, the VMAs were also simulcast on terrestrial television by The CW (a joint venture of ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia).[11] The CW also aired a post-show recap special, comprised mostly of pre-show performance footage.[12]


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Jack Harlow "Whats Poppin"
Tate McRae "You Broke Me First"
Chloe x Halle "Ungodly Hour"
Lewis Capaldi "Before You Go"
Machine Gun Kelly
Travis Barker
"My Ex's Best Friend"
"Bloody Valentine"
Main show
The Weeknd "Blinding Lights"
DaBaby Medley
"Peep Hole"
Miley Cyrus "Midnight Sky"
Maluma "Hawái"
BTS "Dynamite"
Lady Gaga
Ariana Grande
Tricon Award Medley
"Chromatica II"
"Rain on Me"
"Stupid Love"
JP Saxe
Julia Michaels
"If the World Was Ending" (advertisement for Extra Gum)
Doja Cat Medley
"Say So"
"Like That"
Keke Palmer "Snack"
CNCO "Beso"
Black Eyed Peas
Nicky Jam
"Vida Loca"
"I Gotta Feeling"

J Balvin and Roddy Ricch were initially announced as performers on August 4 and 11, respectively, but pulled out of the event.[14][15][16]


Presenters were announced on August 27.[17]


  • Nessa and Jamila Mustafa (Co-hosts) – presented Best Group and Best K-Pop
  • Travis Mills and Kevan Kenney (Celebrity correspondents)
  • Travis Mills – presented Best Alternative

Main show

Winners and nominees

On July 23, 2020, seventeen Push Best New Artist pre-nominees were announced.[18] Fan voting for most categories took place from July 30 to August 23.[citation needed] Nominees for most other categories were revealed on July 30.[19][20] Nominations for remaining categories were announced August 24.[10] The Push Best New Artist category was narrowed down to three finalists on August 24 and voting moved to Twitter, where it will continue until August 28.[10] Voting for Best Group and Song of Summer ran from August 24 to August 26 and August 26 to August 28, respectively. The voting process for both categories happened through MTV's Instagram stories.[10]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold

Video of the Year Song of the Year

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights"

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me"

Artist of the Year Best Group

Lady Gaga


Push Best New Artist Best Collaboration

Doja Cat

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me"

Best Pop Best Hip Hop

BTS – "On"

Megan Thee Stallion – "Savage"

Best R&B Best K-Pop

The Weeknd – "Blinding Lights"

BTS – "On"

Best Latin Best Rock

Maluma (featuring J Balvin) – "Qué Pena"

Coldplay – "Orphans"

Best Alternative Best Music Video from Home

Machine Gun Kelly – "Bloody Valentine"

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – "Stuck with U"

Best Quarantine Performance Video for Good

CNCOMTV Unplugged at Home

H.E.R. – "I Can't Breathe"

Best Direction Best Art Direction

Taylor Swift – "The Man" (Director: Taylor Swift)

Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter" (Art Director: Christian Stone)

Best Choreography Best Cinematography

BTS – "On" (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk)

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – "Rain on Me" (Director of Photography: Michael Merriman)

Best Editing Best Visual Effects

Miley Cyrus – "Mother's Daughter" (Editors: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico)

Dua Lipa – "Physical" (Visual Effects: EIGHTY4 and Mathematic)

Song of Summer Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers

Blackpink – "How You Like That"

MTV Tricon Award
Lady Gaga


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