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by Erika Gimenes

Who will win big at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards?

Follow along with me and find out who takes home a moon man!

The Weekend opened the show with his contagious single “Blinded By The Light” atop a fancy Manhattan building with light strobes and fireworks along the river, lighting up the skyline of a gorgeous New York Sunday night.

Ok, I know who that is. Maybe I won’t be so lost in trying to catch up to these Millenials after all – or so I thought.

Next is Miley Cyrus who came to show everyone that the 80 mullet is back in full force. I mean, if anyone can pull off that look it’s her. And the 80’s Madonna vibe. I see it girl. I also see you haven’t given up on the wrecking ball that you’re still swinging from a decade later. You could have done better on singing to track though. My husband looks up and laughs “HA she’s on the ball again” and rolled his eyes. Again, pull out another trick from your hat cuz this one is getting old.

Maluma brought “Colombia to the VMAs” as introduced by host Keke Palmer (who is she anyway?) but I thought that I was watching him from the Bayfront Park right here in Miami while watching a Toyota car commercial.

BTS performed their hit “Dynamite” from an empty (fabricated) Times Square (good job on the virtual stage MTV). I was never a fan but the sucker here for boybands finally sees why they are so adored. The other part of me wishes that it was One Direction but we’ll leave that for another day. It did leave me longing for a Harry Styles “Watermelon Sugar” performance though. That was the song of the summer. Why is he not performing today?

Wait. Is this a drive-in broadcast? Because I see the VIPs sitting atop their car roofs, but the people standing atop the buildings were supposedly fake. No wonder they were not social distancing.

Lady GaGa. I give her credit. She has an amazing voice and talent but does she have any other songs than “Rain On Me?” because I feel like I’ve heard this song every 4 minutes during a commercial break. I give her an A for her masks though. One more eccentric than the other. My 10 yr old son did lose it when his “imaginary girlfriend” Ariana Grande came on the TV set and did some epic dance moves in the middle of the living room.

And my heart just stopped. Taylor Swift just lost to BTS for Best Pop. Like. How? Ok I know all my swifties are just as heartbroken as I am at this moment.

Lady Gaga said during her acceptance speech “If you want to look like this, don’t eat the California roll” after telling a story of only drinking (and not eating) after moving to LA to maintain her figure. I would drink but not eat because “I didn’t come here for the California Roll.”

Uhhhhh…..of all people, I’d never imagined Gaga, who is all full of goal setting and positivity would say such a horrible remark, especially end her speech with a comment like that. Appalling.

Can someone please tell me who DojaCat is? Why do I feel like every single female act performing tonight is blonde, with a semi-seethrough onesie with all backup dancers look like they just came out of the Bill & Ted 3’s little space egg?

Lady Gaga came to receive MTV’s first-ever “Tricon award” looking like she straight up came out of the set of Game of Thrones. She shared the award with everyone at home, urging them to think of 3 things that defined who they were and take a moment to reward themselves for their bravery. “I hope the people at home that have big dreams know how grateful I am and I want you to know that we can do this too. Culture may feel less alive in some ways and a renaissance is coming, and the rage of art will empower you.”

When CNCO started performing, though I’m Latin I could for the life of me not understand their Spanish. My husband goes “Who the hell is this?” only for me to tell him. “It’s funny how every country now has a boyband.” My response” Well, they’re definitely not One Direction.”

The Weekend finished the night by accepting the away for Video of the Year for “Blinded By The Night” and used his acceptance speech to bring awareness to racial injustice.

I’ve been covering these awards for 20 years now, but I gotta admit this is the first time it has lasted an hour. I am not sure if it’s due to the different format and related to the pandemic, but it was definitely strange to have this award show last a little over an hour.

I hope you all enjoyed the coverage!

See the full list of winners below.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – WINNER

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DaBaby

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga – WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

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

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Post Malone – “Circles”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

BEST COLLABORATION

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”

Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”

Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid – “Beautiful People”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

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

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking

Doja Cat – WINNER

Jack Harlow

Lewis Capaldi

Roddy Ricch

Tate McRae

Yungblud

BEST POP

BTS – “On” – WINNER

Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”

Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “Lover”

BEST HIP-HOP

DaBaby – “Bop”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage” – WINNER

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

BEST ROCK

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Coldplay – “Orphans” – WINNER

Evanescence – “Wasted On You”

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

Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”

The Killers – “Caution”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

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

All Time Low – “Some Kind Of Disaster”

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

Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”

Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine” — WINNER

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – “China”

Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – “Mamacita”

J Balvin – “Amarillo”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena” – WINNER

BEST R&B

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”

Chloe x Halle – “Do It”

H.E.R. ft. YG – “Slide”

Khalid ft. Summer Walker – “Eleven”

Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – WINNER

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”

BTS – “On” — WINNER

EXO – “Obsession”

Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”

Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

Red Velvet – “Psycho”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”

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

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

H.E.R. – ”I Can’t Breathe” – WINNER

Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”

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

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Drake – “Toosie Slide”

John Legend – “Bigger Love”

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe x Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon

CNCO – Unplugged At Home – WINNER

DJ D-Nice – Club MTV presents #DanceTogether

John Legend – #togetherathome Concert Series

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

Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – “Xanny” – Directed by Billie Eilish

Doja Cat – “Say So” – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” – Directed by Nabil

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Directed by Dave Meyers

Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Directed by Taylor Swift – WINNER

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Directed by Anton Tammi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” – Cinematography by Kieran Fowler

Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – “My Oh My” – Cinematography by Dave Meyers

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” – Cinematography by Arnau Valls

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss – WINNER

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Cinematography by Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” – Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Art Direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Art Direction by Christian Stone – WINNER

Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Art Direction by Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Visual Effects by Drive Studios

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” – Visual Effects by Hoody FX

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4 – WINNER

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Visual Effects by Mathematic

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” – Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “On” – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun – WINNER

CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami

DaBaby – “Bop” – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Choreography by Richy Jackson

Normani – “Motivation” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING

Halsey – “Graveyard” – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” – Edited by Frank Lebon

Lizzo – “Good As Hell” – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico – WINNER

Rosalía – “A Palé” – Edited by Andre Jones

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

BEST GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer

The 1975

BLACKPINK

BTS — WINNER

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Little Mix

MONSTA X

Now United

twenty one pilots

SONG OF THE SUMMER

BLACKPINK – “How You Like That” – WINNER

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”

DJ Khaled ft. Drake – “Popstar”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Harry Styles –“Watermelon Sugar”

Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”

Lil Baby ft. 42 Dugg – “We Paid”

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”

Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”

Pop Smoke ft. 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch – “The Woo”

SAINt JHN – “Roses”

Saweetie – “Tap In”

Taylor Swift – “cardigan”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

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