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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande wear face masks DURING their performance at the MTV VMAs

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande put on a fierce performance at the 2020 MTV VMAs on Sunday evening – easily stealing the show.

The showstopping set was a medley of Gaga’s songs including 911, Rain On Me, and Stupid Love, from her hit album Chromatica.

Making a statement on abiding by safety guidelines, Gaga, 34, wore a LED face mask throughout her set, as well as Ariana, 27, who wore a black silk mask, as she joined her for their hit For Rain On Me.








Making a statement: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande perform in face masks at the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York City on Sunday evening

Making a statement: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande perform in face masks at the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York City on Sunday evening

The pair wore similar outfits to that of the video for Rain On Me, which was a big winner on the night. 

The performance was kicked off by Gaga under a blanket as she watched a TV, which teased a performance by Britney Spears and N*Sync from an old MTV VMAs event.

She then got up from the couch and began singing the track 911 from her latest album, before Ariana also came on stage with her. 

Keeping safe: The duo showed off their face masks while performing their hit song

Keeping safe: The duo showed off their face masks while performing their hit song

Singing it out: Ariana belted her notes through a black satin face mask

Singing it out: Ariana belted her notes through a black satin face mask

Sexy: The Chromatica star wowed in a bondage-style outfit

Sexy: The Chromatica star wowed in a bondage-style outfit

Mother Monster: Gaga wowed in fishnets and leather as she performed a medley

Mother Monster: Gaga wowed in fishnets and leather as she performed a medley

Trailing them in the glam stakes was Miley Cyrus who came out swinging – quite literally – as she performed her song Midnight Sky from a giant mirror ball. 

Miley, 27 wore a very skimpy outfit for the performance of the song, which she sang live.

The pop star is known for making a big splash at the event, having previously caused an outcry when she performed in latex bra and pants alongside Robin Thicke back in 2013.  

Pandemic pop: The stars appeared to be making a statement with their face masks

Quick change: Gaga wore a variety of ensembles for the performance

Pandemic pop: The stars appeared to be making a statement with their face masks

A Star is (Re)Born: Gaga is back to her kook pop roots

A Star is (Re)Born: Gaga is back to her kook pop roots 

Choreo: Gaga's dancers also wore masks as she danced behind her

Choreo: Gaga’s dancers also wore masks as she danced behind her 

Quick change: Impressively, the singer was able to switch outfits throughout her performance

Quick change: Impressively, the singer was able to switch outfits throughout her performance

Sci-fi: The singer put on a techy display with an LED face mask

Sci-fi: The singer put on a techy display with an LED face mask

This time around, the defiant singer appeared to throw a nod to her racy past as she went from performing the hit song on a stage, to getting on top of a mirror ball. 

Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance. 

The Weeknd opened the show with a performance of his hit song – Blinding Lights – on the rooftop of the Edge, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. 

Wrecking Ball part two! Miley Cyrus swings on a giant disco ball in a a VERY skimpy outfit at the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York on Sunday

Wrecking Ball part two! Miley Cyrus swings on a giant disco ball in a a VERY skimpy outfit at the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York on Sunday

Wow: Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance

Wow: Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance

Red alert: Miley, 27, looked stunning as she took to the stage which was filled with a red-hued filter

Red alert: Miley, 27, looked stunning as she took to the stage which was filled with a red-hued filter

Star: Miley is known for making a big impact at the MTV Awards

Star: Miley is known for making a big impact at the MTV Awards

The Canada-born star came into the night with six nominations including Artist Of The Year, and five for the song’s video: Video Of The Year, Best R&B, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Direction by Anton Tammi. 

Looking bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, the hitmaker kicked things off seemingly passed-out, laying on the ground in a pre-recorded clip.

As the intro to the song progressed, The Weeknd stood up to reveal his 1980s-era ensemble of black pants, red blazer and black shirt and tie.

High-flying: The Weeknd opened the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York City with a rooftop performance of his hit song Blinding Lights

High-flying: The Weeknd opened the 2020 MTV VMAs in New York City with a rooftop performance of his hit song Blinding Lights

Cinematic: The singer-songwriter, 30, performed atop the Edge at Hudson Yards, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere

Cinematic: The singer-songwriter, 30, performed atop the Edge at Hudson Yards, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere

Battered: The Canadian crooner looked bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200

Battered: The Canadian crooner looked bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200

The impressive visual effect included an array of light towers and images of subway cars behind him.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, before the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to re-think the entire event.

This year’s show marks the first time the bash has been held at various different locations, with performances taking place in and around New York City, without packed audiences to abide by social distancing guidelines.

Wowser: Doja Cat performs her hit song Say So at the award show

Wowser: Doja Cat performs her hit song Say So at the award show

Nude awakening: The rapper wore a Showgirls-style nude body suit with silver detailing

Nude awakening: The rapper wore a Showgirls-style nude body suit with silver detailing

Sultry: The star certainly garnered attention in her revealing outfit

Sultry: The star certainly garnered attention in her revealing outfit 

Space age: Doja performed a visually spectacular set on the show

Space age: Doja performed a visually spectacular set on the show

Out of this world: The rapper certainly took her performance to the next level on the show

Out of this world: The rapper certainly took her performance to the next level on the show

MTV explained its plans for the show to ‘[span] all five boroughs’ of New York, to ‘pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents.’

Nominations this year were dominated by pop performers Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, with nine nods each, while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd followed closely behind with six each.

They all appear in the top prize category, Video of the Year, which finds Eilish’s Everything I Wanted going up against Eminem and Juice WRLD’s Godzilla, Future and Drake’s Life Is Good, Gaga and Grande’s Rain on Me, Taylor Swift’s The Man, and The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights.

Boys: Zabdiel De Jesus, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colon and Christopher Velez of CNCO perform at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards at the Skyline Drive-In

Boys: Zabdiel De Jesus, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colon and Christopher Velez of CNCO perform at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards at the Skyline Drive-In

Driving force: Richard and Erick of CNCO perform at the VMAs

Driving force: Richard and Erick of CNCO perform at the VMAs

He's got the moves: Colombian singer Maluma pulls off another impressive socially-distanced performance

He’s got the moves: Colombian singer Maluma pulls off another impressive socially-distanced performance

Here's looking at you: Maluma engaged with the audience, despite there not being a live crowd

Here’s looking at you: Maluma engaged with the audience, despite there not being a live crowd

Masked ups: It appeared that his backing dancers all wore face coverings for the event

Masked ups: It appeared that his backing dancers all wore face coverings for the event

Nominees for Push Best New Artist were revealed on July 23 and other categories were announced on July 30. Fan voting began on July 30 and ended on August 23.

Additional categories were unveiled last week, including Song of Summer, Best Group and Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers, with the latter created to ‘celebrate performances by Covid-19 first responders.’

Other new one-off award categories this year are for Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video from Home.

Not just the host with the most: Keke Palmer also performed Snack during the show

Not just the host with the most: Keke Palmer also performed Snack during the show

Wow factor: Keke proved she can do it all by hosting the show and putting in a stellar performance

Wow factor: Keke proved she can do it all by hosting the show and putting in a stellar performance

Singing star: Keke sang her 2020 hit Snack

Singing star: Keke sang her 2020 hit Snack 

DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car. 

The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar. 

He was seen in the back of a police car during the performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage.

Political: DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car.

Political: DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car.

Moving: The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar

Moving: The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar

Statement: DaBaby is seen in the back of a police car during his performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage

Statement: DaBaby is seen in the back of a police car during his performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage

Closing out the bash was the Black Eyed Peas, who treated viewers to a rendition of their classic hit I Gotta Feeling. 

Replacing the singer Fergie in the band is J. Rey Soul, real name Jessica Reynoso. 

She first got involved with the band when she worked with member apl.de.ap on The Voice Philippines. 

Calling in: BTS performed from South Korea during the show

Calling in: BTS performed from South Korea during the show

The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where Madonna performed her hit Like a Virgin wearing her iconic wedding gown/bustier combination.

The Video Vanguard Award has been awarded to 34 acts, and was renamed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1991, after he previously won the 1988 trophy.

MTV has stated that next year’s 2021 VMAs will be held at the Barclays Center.

Surprise performance: apl.de.ap, will.i.am, Taboo, and J. Rey Soul of Black Eyed Peas closed the show

Surprise performance: apl.de.ap, will.i.am, Taboo, and J. Rey Soul of Black Eyed Peas closed the show

Where is the love... for this band? The Black Eyed Peas were a surprise performance for the evening

Where is the love… for this band? The Black Eyed Peas were a surprise performance for the evening

So 2008 and late: The band brought some nostalgic vibes to the show

So 2008 and late: The band brought some nostalgic vibes to the show

Guest: Rapper Tyga also made an appearance on the show

Guest: Rapper Tyga also made an appearance on the show

Taking the bull by the horns: Naturally, Gaga went to town when it came to wearing a variety of different masks for the event

Taking the bull by the horns: Naturally, Gaga went to town when it came to wearing a variety of different masks for the event 

Pop emergency: Gaga also posted on social media following the performance

Plug: She referenced her album track 911 in the caption

Pop emergency: Gaga also posted on social media following the performance 

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards WINNERS

MTV TRICON AWARD

Lady Gaga – WINNER 

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Eminem (featuring Juice WRLD) – “Godzilla”

Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – WINNER

Impressive: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have nine nods each

Impressive: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have nine nods each

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber

DaBaby

Lady Gaga – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

The Weeknd 

 

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST

Lewis Capaldi

Doja Cat – WINNER

Yungblud

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Black Eyed Peas (featuring J Balvin) – “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)”

Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”

Karol G (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Tusa”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” – WINNER

Ed Sheeran (featuring Khalid) – “Beautiful People” 

 

BEST HIP HOP

DaBaby – “Bop”

Eminem (featuring Juice Wrld) – “Godzilla”

Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage” – WINNER

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” 

Nods: Future and Drake in their video for Life Is Good

Nods: Future and Drake in their video for Life Is Good

 

BEST K-POP

BTS – “On” – WINNER

Exo – “Obsession”

(G)I-dle – “Oh My God”

Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”

Red Velvet – “Psycho”

TXT – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)” 

 

BEST ROCK

blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Coldplay – “Orphans”

Evanescence – “Wasted on You”

Fall Out Boy (featuring Wyclef Jean) – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”

Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”

The Killers – “Caution” 

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”

blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Drake – “Toosie Slide”

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U” – WINNER

John Legend – “Bigger Love”

twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

 

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”

H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe” – WINNER

Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

Anderson Paak – “Lockdown”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

Inspirational: Demi Lovato in the video for I Love Me

Inspirational: Demi Lovato in the video for I Love Me 

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” (Art Directors: A$AP Rocky, Nadia Lee Cohen and Brittany Porter) 

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (Art Director: Christian Stone) – WINNER

Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” (Art Director: Tatiana Van Sauter)

Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Art Director: Anna Colomé Nogu)

Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Art Director: Laura Ellis Cricks)

Taylor Swift – “Lover” (Art Director: Kurt Gefke)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” (Director of Photography: Kieran Fowler)

Camila Cabello (featuring DaBaby) – “My Oh My” (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst

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

Katy Perry – “Harleys in Hawaii” (Director of Photography: Arnau Valls)

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director of Photography: Oliver Millar)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “all the good girls go to hell” (Visual Effects: Drive Studio)

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)

Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Visual Effects: EIGHTY4 and Mathematic) – WINNER

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” (Visual Effects: Hoody FX)

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)

Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Visual Effects: Mathematic) 

 SONG OF THE YEAR

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Post Malone – “Circles”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

 

BEST GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer

Blackpink

BTS – WINNER

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Little Mix

Monsta X

Now United

The 1975

Twenty One Pilots

 

BEST POP

Justin Bieber (featuring Quavo) – “Intentions”

BTS – “On” – WINNER

Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”

Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”

Taylor Swift – “Lover” 

She's The Man: Taylor Swift dressed up as a man for her video

She’s The Man: Taylor Swift dressed up as a man for her video 

 

BEST R&B

Chloe x Halle – “Do It”

H.E.R. (featuring YG) – “Slide”

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”

Khalid (featuring Summer Walker) – “Eleven”

Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – WINNER

 

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA (featuring Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G and J Balvin) – “China”

Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

J Balvin – “Amarillo”

Black Eyed Peas (featuring Ozuna and J. Rey Soul) – “Mamacita”

Karol G (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Tusa”

Maluma (featuring J Balvin) – “Qué Pena” – WINNER

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”

All Time Low – “Some Kind of Disaster”

Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”

FINNEAS – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”

Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine” – WINNER

twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

Best kiss? Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox in his promo

Best kiss? Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox in his promo

 

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe x Halle – “Do It” (from MTV Prom-Athon)

CNCO – MTV Unplugged at Home – WINNER

DJ D-Nice – Club MTV Presents: #DanceTogether

Lady Gaga – “Smile” (from One World: Together At Home)

John Legend – #TogetherAtHome Concert Series

Post Malone – “Nirvana Tribute” 

 

BEST DIRECTION

Doja Cat – “Say So” (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)

Billie Eilish – “Xanny” (Director: Billie Eilish)

Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” (Director: Nabil)

Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Director: Dave Meyers)

Taylor Swift – “The Man” (Director: Taylor Swift) – WINNER

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director: Anton Tammi) 

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “On” (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk) – WINNER

CNCO and Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” (Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami)

DaBaby – “Bop” (Choreographers: DaniLeigh and Cherry)

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Choreographer: Richy Jackson)

Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Choreographer: Charm La’Donna)

Normani – “Motivation” (Choreographer: Sean Bankhead)

 

BEST EDITING

James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” (Editor: Frank Lebon)

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (Editors: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico) – WINNER

Halsey – “Graveyard” (Editors: Emille Aubry, Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)

Lizzo – “Good as Hell” (Editors: Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan)

Rosalía – “A Palé” (Editor: Andre Jones)

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Editors: Janne Vartia and Tim Montana) 

 

SONG OF SUMMER

Blackpink – “How You Like That” – WINNER

Cardi B (featuring Megan Thee Stallion) – “WAP”

Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”

DaBaby (featuring Roddy Rich) – “Rockstar”

DJ Khaled (featuring Drake) – “Popstar”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”

Lil Baby (featuring 42 Dugg) – “We Paid”

Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Beyoncé) – “Savage (Remix)”

Pop Smoke (featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Rich) – “The Woo”

Saint Jhn – “Roses” Saweetie – “Tap In”

Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” 

X-Rated: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in their WAP video

X-Rated: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in their WAP video

 

 

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