On August 30, in New York, the annual MTV Video Music Awards 2020 took place. The popular music channel MTV awarded the artists with statuettes for the best video clips. The leaders in the number of nominations were Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – each of them has 9 nominations, including several common ones for the joint song “Rain on Me”.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the format of the event has undergone significant changes: artists performed in open arenas throughout the city, thus keeping a distance, many numbers were recorded in advance in the studios …
The triumphant ceremony was the Canadian singer The Weeknd, who received the main award “Video of the Year” and the prize for “Best R&B Song”. Also the star of the evening was Lady Gaga, who won the statuette in the category “Artist of the Year”. In addition, the singer, along with Ariana Grande, received awards in the nominations “Best Collaboration” and “Best Shooting” for the song Rain on me. Gaga also distinguished herself with the most shocking costumes, changing several outfits at once during the evening.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, which keeps musicians and their fans at home (as people are encouraged to continue social distancing to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19), MTV has added the best music video from home and the best performance category to this year’s awards. in quarantine.
Other top contender this year include six-time nominees Billie Eilish, while Taylor Swift has received five nominations for her videos on Lover and The Man from her album Lover. For the main prize of the video of the year – Rain on Me – Gaga and Grande faced off against Billie Eilish, Eminem and Drake.
Bruce Gillmer, President of ViacomCBS Networks Music and Events, said in a statement that fans can expect “a show that celebrates the powerful unifying power of music.”
Severe consequences of the coronavirus
After a particularly difficult experience with the pandemic, with 11,000 new cases per day in April, the number of new coronavirus cases per day has been declining in New York since then and has remained below 1,000 per day over the past month. The VMA was last held at Barclays Center in 2013, and last year the ceremony took place across the river, at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.