MTV has long been using VMAs an annual highlight of the cable network. VMAs are different from the Grammy Awards the show draws the viewership from youth in millions. This is why, it has also been called “Super Bowl for Youth”. The awards are given to honor the medium of Music Videos, a popular category of the modern mainstream media. Throughout the history of VMAs, there have been many memorable moments but last three years have not been good for MTV. The show is suffering from an all time low ratings each year surpassing the previous one. But, VMAs 2020 might just be among the few good things that came out this year in News Engine.
The year 2020 has brought the worst upon us month after month. From racial inequality issues, massive protests, political unrest to the ongoing pandemic, there is barely anything to cheer up about. Among all the chaos, MTV’s VMAs were surprisingly a breath of fresh air.
The show aired live from New York City on 30th August and featured performances from all the five boroughs. Due to the current pandemic, MTV held the show outdoors with minimum audience. Originally the show was supposed to be held at the Barclays Center.
Lady Gaga and Arianna set the stage on fire, BTS brought their moves, the Weekend blinded everyone high up the New York City and Miley Cyrus got a new wrecking ball. The VMAs were the quarantine escape we all needed. The virus did not stop MTV as host Keke Palmer kicked off the show from the epic New York set. She also began by dedicating the show to the late Chadwick Boseman.
The Weekend set the roll in motion with Blinding Lights literally as he performed his single a thousand feet above New York surrounded by a thousand skyline stoves and even fireworks. He later won the Best R&B Award and gave an emotional message with a nod to the racial injustice in the US.
DaBaby also took the stage for the first time ever. His performances of late have been social justice system motivated and the police imagery combined with the city fire was a huge cue to the movement.
Lady Gaga’s mask game slayed as she took home several awards. She and Arianna won Best Collaboration and Song of the Year for ‘Rain on Me’. Gaga also won the Best Artist Award and later took the stage to perform the hit song with amazing mask, those chromatic outfits and the iconic choreography while also performing ‘Stupid Love’.
She also took to the stage to accept the show’s first ever Tricon Award for her unparalleled impact and dedication to music, fashion and activism. And again, we loved all her masks! All of them! Everyone of them! Mother Monster knows how to make a good point.
Miley Cyrus made her debut of Midnight Sky with an epic 70’s feel complete with a disco wrecking ball. A definite upgrade from the last wrecking ball. Spicing up the night, Maluma brought the heat in the Yellow Suit at the drive in. He then won Best Latin Video and did his acceptance speech in Spanish to show the love.
The boys of BTS made their VMA debut bringing hot moves and fireworks to the stage. They won Best Pop and Best K-Pop, Best Choreography and Best Group for the Army. Doja Cat brought all the vibes with long, green hair and an out of this world rendition of her number one billboard hit ‘Say So’ . She was surely a delightful screen presence with her memorable performance.
And of course, who can forget the performance of the Black Eyes Peas. They got the internet talking for wearing pants lighting up in an interesting location and closing the show with ‘I Got A Feeling’. What a time from right at our homes!
Despite the successful night for MTV’s event, internet has not been highly positive about the show. There are mixed responses with many criticizing that given the current circumstances, it was insensitive to conduct VMAs.
There are also others who showed great support for the various talented artists who participated in the show and won the awards. We are not so sure about the overall attention the show gained this year as the ratings have not been out at the time of this article. But it looks hopeful as the event went much smooth this time around.