MTV VMAs: Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga lead the red carpet arrivals

Return of the red carpet! Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid smoulder as they lead the fashion at the 2020 MTV VMAs… with stars descending on FIVE NYC boroughs in a nod to social distancing

  • Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid showed off their eye-catching haute couture looks as they arrived at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on Sunday 
  • The event had been filmed over the past few days at several different locations throughout New York City with production abiding by social distancing guidelines as it aired ‘live’ on Sunday night 
  • The show was filmed through NYC’s five boroughs – Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, and Manhattan – and was mostly shot outside, with multiple performances and award speeches pre-taped
  • Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and BTS were the evening’s big winners, with four awards each
  • Gaga won the first ever Tricon honor, while the Weeknd the weekend won Video of the Year and called for justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor in his acceptance speech 
  • This year’s ceremony featured new awards for at-home music videos, which went to Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and quarantine performances, which was awarded to CNCO 

Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid led the fashion at Sunday night’s 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where stars across the showbiz world appeared in five NYC boroughs for the unique event.

Marking a bizarre return to the red carpet amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was filmed over the days at several different locations with production abiding by social distancing guidelines as it aired ‘live’.  

Leading the very-2020 style event, Miley put on a sultry display in a sheer off-the-shoulder dress, while Gaga looked like a chic extraterrestrial in silver gown. The stunner led the red carpet for the VMAs, which were held outdoors across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, and Manhattan.



Red carpet: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid led the fashion at Sunday night’s 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, where stars across the showbiz world appeared in five NYC boroughs for the unique event

Miley flashed her tongue while showing off her outfit, which revealed her toned abs and fit legs.

She wore matching gloves that reached up her arms, and had a black bandeau and matching panties under the sheer covering, which was decorated with small mirrors.

The Party In The USA singer wore her blonde locks in a playful mullet. She accessorized with large Disco Hoop Earrings with brown diamonds from Loree Rodkin, along with a Pave bracelet from the same designer.

Gaga wore a voluminous silver dress with sky-high black platform boots and a clear helmet over her silver-haired head in a nod to her usual kooky style. 


Blinding: Miley sparkled thanks to dozens of tiny mirrors adorning her dress, which left little to the imagination, while Bella went for an equally racy ensemble 

She went on to undergo an eye-popping nine outfit changes and returned to the red carpet with her ficve moonpersons gongs, while donning a more casual MTV T-shirt. 

Like Miley, Bella favored a sheer outfit with a revealing top. The model paired her top, which featured long sleeves, with a high-waisted set of black slacks and black open-toe heels with gold chain straps.

She framed her impeccably made-up face with large gold hoop earrings and wore her raven tresses in striking layers. 

On the moon: She went on to undergo an eye-popping nine outfit changes and returned to the red carpet with her ficve moonpersons gongs, while donning a more casual MTV T-shirt



Evolution: Gaga had nine different outfit changes during the two-hour event including her red carpet look (left) and while she accepted awards for Best Collaboration (center) and Best Song (right)

Madison Beer put her sensational figure on full display with a thigh-skimming black dress. While flaunting her ample cleavage in a plunging neckline, the 21-year-old singer commanded attention in her semi-sheer ensemble, which hugged every inch of her toned frame. 

The beauty showcased her toned and bronzed legs in the flirty black minidress, which hovered above her upper-thighs. In addition to a pair of matching open-toed heels, she donned a pair of black gloves, which came up to her shoulders. 

Her luxurious blonde hair was flawlessly flat ironed, as she oozed confidence and pursed her plump pout on the red carpet.  


Having a blast: Doja Cat (left) looked phenomenal in a plunging gown while Madison Beer (right) put her sensational figure on full display as she arrived in a thigh-skimming black dress

Busty display: While flaunting her ample cleavage in a plunging neckline, the 21-year-old singer commanded attention in her semi-sheer ensemble, which hugged every inch of her toned frame

She was joined by a number of other celebrities, including Keke Palmer, Joey King, Bebe Rexha and Sofia Carson, on the red carpet. 

Joey wore a short green and red floral dress, which she accessorized with a number of gold Chanel necklaces and matching hair clips. 

For her makeup, the 21-year-old Kissing Booth star had applied a heavy swipe of blush and a fierce winged eyeliner. 

Nicole Richie matched the green color scheme in a ruched dress with a long train.

Bebe Rexha strutted in a plunging black dress and her hair in a sky-high ponytail. 

While she opted to wear all-black, she had an eye-popping manicure, which she flaunted while blowing a kiss to photographers. 

Her extra long false nails appeared to be metallic and she also paired her laid-back look with a handful of rings. 

Additionally, some stars began to tease their looks earlier in the evening. 


Florals: The Kissing Booth star Joey King wore a short green and red floral dress, which she accessorized with a number of gold Chanel necklaces and matching hair clips. Nicole Richie matched the green color scheme in a ruched dress with a long train

Very long nails: While she opted to wear all-black, she had an eye-popping manicure, which she flaunted while blowing a kiss to photographers

Ariana Grande, who is leading the pack this year with nine nominations, put on a leggy display in a black leather dress, which featured a silver zipper at the front. 

She teamed the sexy ensemble with a pair of sky-high white heels and opted to style her ombré blonde tresses in perfectly sleek pigtails with flipped ends. 

‘Happy VMA day ::) so excited for u see our first rain on me performance tonight!’ the  27-year Grammy winner captioned a series of shots of herself on Instagram.

happy VMA day ::) so excited for u see our first rain on me performance tonight ! @ladygaga is fucking incredible and i’m so honored to share this moment with her and u all 懶 also just want to say thank you to @MTV being so diligent in making this such a safe & healthy experience for all of the performers and crew involved. it’s so greatly appreciated and i can’t imagine how difficult it was to figure out! see u all so soon! 

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She also gushed she felt ‘honored’ to share the stage with her Rain On Me collaborator, Lady Gaga, who she described as ‘f*cking incredible.’ 

The 7 Rings hitmaker also praised MTV for ‘being so diligent in making this such a safe & healthy experience for all of the performers and crew involved.’   

She and Gaga will perform their hit duet Rain On Me at the event, which was originally scheduled to be held with a limited audience in Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center but will now place at various outdoor locations across New York City instead. 

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The VMA’s, or Video Music Awards, is honoring Gaga’s team-up with Grande with the seven nods, including Song of the Year and top prize Video Of The Year. 

In addition to Video and Song of the Year, the pop snippet is also nominated for best collaboration, best pop, best cinematography, best visual effects, and best choreography. 

In addition to the recognition for Rain On Me, off of Gaga’s latest album Chromatica, Grande is also being nominated for two more VMAs for her sweet quarantine-themed collab with Justin Bieber, Stuck With U.

Those nominations are another in the best collaboration category, and a new category for the age of the coronavirus pandemic – best music video from home.

Grande’s upcoming VMA performance, her fifth, will be the first since 2018, when she wowed with her hit show-stopping rendition of God Is a Woman.

Revealing: Doja Cat put on a busty display in a plunging red dress adorned with red fringe and floral decorations

Stunner: The backless dress revealed her svelte frame, and she showed off her ultra long braided ponytail extension


Beat up: The Weeknd made a splash at the ceremony in a scarlet blazer with a black shirt and pants and black and white loafers. He was made up to look as if he’d been mugged on the way to the ceremony, a look that he’s been using in his recent music videos and performances

She and Gaga join fellow performing artists The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Roddy Ricch, BTS, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Maluma and CNCO for what is sure to be a different experience, as the awards event will of course not be held in front of a live and enthusiastic audience.

Doja Cat put on a busty display in a plunging red dress adorned with red fringe and floral decorations.

The backless dress revealed her svelte frame, and she showed off her ultra long braided ponytail extension. 

The Weeknd made a splash at the ceremony in a scarlet blazer with a black shirt and pants and black and white loafers.

He was made up to look as if he’d been mugged on the way to the ceremony, a look that he’s been using in his recent music videos and performances. 

Gray lady: The host Keke Palmer flaunted her curvaceous figure in a tiny gray dress with a high slit up her thigh and a plunging neckline

Eye-catching: The Hustlers star wore her hair up in a stylish updo and had on a jeweled choker around her neck

Switching it up: She also appeared in drag wearing a colorful shirt with black pants and tan boots and a faux soul patch

The evening’s host, Keke Palmer, tried out two adventurous looks on Sunday.

She flaunted her curvaceous figure in a tiny gray dress with a high slit up her thigh and a plunging neckline.

The Hustlers star wore her hair up in a stylish updo and had on a jeweled choker around her neck.

But she also appeared in drag wearing a colorful shirt with black pants and tan boots and a faux soul patch.


No fuss: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s son Jaden Smith paired a colorful pastel blazer with a graphic T-shirt and weathered jeans. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was even more casual in a white graphic T-shirt and red plaid pants with black sneakers


Stylish: Rapper Machine Gun Kelly added a splash of pink with a hot pink tank top and matching trousers, while he carried his pink blazer over one shoulder. Reggaeton singer J Balvin contrasted him with a black double-breasted tuxedo with pants featuring gold designs running down the legs

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s son Jaden Smith paired a colorful pastel blazer with a graphic T-shirt and weathered jeans.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was even more casual in a white graphic T-shirt and red plaid pants with black sneakers.

Rapper Machine Gun Kelly added a splash of pink with a hot pink tank top and matching trousers, while he carried his pink blazer over one shoulder.

Reggaeton singer J Balvin contrasted his cartoonish performances with a black double-breasted tuxedo with pants featuring gold designs running down the legs. 


Rap stars: Da Baby showed off his muscles while going shirt-free under a black Supreme jacket and white Louis Vuitton pants. The Black Eyed Peas were represented by apl.de.ap, will.i.am, and Taboo, all of whom favored denim

Da Baby showed off his muscles while going shirt-free under a black Supreme jacket and white Louis Vuitton pants.

The Black Eyed Peas were represented by apl.de.ap, will.i.am, and Taboo on the red carpet.

The rapper apl.de.ap wore a denim jacket with ribs painted on it, while will.i.am had on a denim jacket over a white hoodie and Taboo wore a black denim vest to show off his tattoo sleeves. 


Gorgeous: Sofia Carson stunned in an elegant red dress with a ruched top that covered one shoulder. The pleated skirt reached to the floor, and her waisted was wrapped with floppy sheets of fabric

Sofia Carson stunned in an elegant red dress with a ruched top that covered one shoulder.

The pleated skirt reached to the floor, and her waisted was wrapped with floppy sheets of fabric. 

Earlier this month, it was announced that the VMAs would not take place at Barclays as initially planned, instead taking the festivities outdoors as a precaution against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was reached mutually between both MTV and representatives from the large Barclays venue, who said in a statement:

‘The 2020 VMAs paid homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around [the city] with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines.

‘In close consultation with state and local health officials‎, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event,’ the statement continued.

‘The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved,’ the missive concluded. 

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards WINNERS

MTV TRICON AWARD

Lady Gaga – WINNER 

Rock on: Lady Gaga was the biggest winner of the night taking home five moonpersons

 

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

 

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

Say so? Doja cat earned the Best New Artist gong

 

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” 

WON: Megan Thee Stallion celebrated her Best Hip-Hop Video win for Savage from home

 

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”

Talented:  H.E.R took home the Video For Good Award for her powerful music video I Can’t Breathe

 

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

Legends: KPop group BTS won the Best Group Video Award

 

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” 

 

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

After Hours: The Weeknd took home Best R&B video as well as top honor Video Of The Year

 

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 the My Bloody Valentine video which earned him Best Alternative

 

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) 

Golden girl: Miley Cyrus won Best Editing for her Mother’s Daughter video

 

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”

 

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