Lady Gaga dominated the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards which were held on Sunday with five wins, most of them for her hit single ‘Rain on Me‘ with Ariana Grande, which the duo performed live at the ceremony.
With a series of visually arresting outfits and masked performances, Lady Gaga scored five wins including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Cinematography with Ariana Grande and a new lifetime achievement award called the Tricon Award.
According to reports, Gaga,34, stormed the award show with multiple costume changes ranging from an exotic bird to a bright green gown, which she teamed up with exaggerated custom-made face masks and muzzles.
“I was wearing face shields before it was a thing,” Lady Gaga said on Twitter during the ceremony.
“Wear a mask. It’s a sign of respect,” Lady Gaga urged her fans during one of her several appearances onstage as she took home awards like artist and song of the year.
Sporting an electronic mask, Lady Gaga performed a variety of her hit songs, including her recently released tracks ‘Chromatica II’, ‘Stupid Love,’ and ‘911.’ She was accompanied by Grande along with a number of background dancers all wearing face masks.
The Weeknd, who won video of the year and best R&B for ‘Blinding Lights’, opened the ceremony by paying tribute to Blake and Taylor — two Black people who were shot dead by police officers.
“It’s really hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment, so I’m just going to say: justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor,” he said.
Hosted by Keke Palmer, the MTV Video Music Awards kicked off with another touching moment by dedicating it to ‘Black Panther’ actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on Friday after privately battling colon cancer at the age of 43.
“We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many.” Palmer said, “He’s a true hero, not just on-screen, his impact lives forever.”
K-pop sensation BTS, who won four awards including best pop and best group, made their debut performance at the VMAs, singing their new single ‘Dynamite.’
Ariana Grande tied BTS bagging four honors, including her No. 1 duet with Justin Bieber, ‘Stuck with U,’ which won the best music video award.