12.04.2021

Everything you can expect from Sunday’s 2020 VMA awards

This year, the show is honouring “Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers” and will celebrate the best performances from the frontline medical workers who kept our spirits up during the pandemic.

The MTV Video Music Awards is always a must-watch, but this year, we expect even more of us will be tuning in to see how things go, thanks to this year’s unexpected guest: the coronavirus pandemic. While we never thought we’d see categories like ‘Best Music Video From Home’ and ‘Best Quarantine Performance,’ if 2020 has taught us anything: it’s to roll with the punches.

While previous awards shows decided to go virtual, the MTV VMAs 2020 is set to be the first major one to be broadcast live – and we’re so excited about it. The VMAs will be held on Sunday 30th August in several locations around New York and can be watched live on MTV, streamed on mtv.com or via the MTV app. Abiding by health and safety guidelines, the performances will be held outside with limited or no audiences.

As usual, there will be a pre-show, hosted by MTV’s Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa. Expect to see performances from the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Chloe x Halle, Jack Harlow, Tate McRae, and Machine Gun Kelly featuring Travis Barker and Blackbear, as well as the usual celebrity interviews.

Hosted by the legendary Keke Palmer, we’re looking forward to seeing BTS with their first VMA performance and TV debut of their English-language single “Dynamite.” Alongside the K-Pop Kings, we’ll also be treated to Miley Cyrus’ debut performance of her new single “Midnight Sky” as well as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s rendition of everyone’s favourite pop anthem “Rain on Me.” Black Eyed Peas, CNCO, The Weeknd, Da Baby, Doja Cat and Maluma will also be making appearances.

If you’re watching from the UK, you can see the show live on MTV or MTV.com on Monday, 31 August from 1am – 4am.

Now for the nominees…

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST presented by Chime Banking

Doja Cat
Lewis Capaldi
YUNGBLUD

SONG OF SUMMER

BLACKPINK – “How You Like That”
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”

BEST GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer
The 1975
BLACKPINK
BTS
Chloe x Halle
CNCO
Little Mix
MONSTA X
Now United
twenty one pilots

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “everything i wanted”
Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”
Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift – “The Man”
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DaBaby
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Post Malone
The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “everything i wanted”
Doja Cat – “Say So”
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
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 / Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”

BEST POP

BTS – “ON”
Halsey – “You should be sad”
Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”
Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions”
Lady Gaga / 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”
Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
Travis Scott – “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM”

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”

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”
BTS – “ON”
EXO – “Obsession”
Monsta X – “SOMEONE’S SOMEONE”
Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”
Red Velvet – “Psycho”

BEST LATIN

Anuel ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, KAROL G and J Balvin – “China”
Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna and J. Rey Soul – “MAMACITA”
J Balvin – “Amarillo”
KAROL G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena”

BEST ROCK

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Coldplay – “Orphans”
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”
twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”
Ariana Grande / Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
Blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Drake – “Toosie Slide”
John Legend – “Bigger Love”
twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe & Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon
CNCO – Unplugged at Home
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

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”
Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
Taylor Swift – “The Man”

EVERYDAY HEROES: FRONTLINE MEDICAL WORKERS

Dr. Nate Wood – Lean On Me
Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – Imagine
Jason “Tik Tok Doc” Campbell
Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – Level Up
Lori Marie Key – Amazing Grace

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – “xanny” (dir. Billie Eilish)
Doja Cat -“Say So” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)
Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” (dir. Nabil)
Harry Styles – “Adore You” (dir. Dave Meyers)
Taylor Swift – “The Man” (dir. Taylor Swift)
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (dir. Anton Tammi)

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” (art direction: A$AP Rocky and Nadia Lee Cohen)
Dua Lipa – “Physical” (art direction: Anna Colomer Nogué)
Harry Styles – “Adore You” (art direction: Laura Ellis Cricks)
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (art direction: Christian Stone)
Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” (art direction: Tatiana Bianca van Sauter)
Taylor Swift – “Lover” (art direction: Ethan Tobman)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “ON” (choreography: Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun and Lee Byung Eun)
CNCO / Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” (choreography: Kyle Hanagami)
DaBaby – “BOP” (choreography: Dani Leigh and Cherry)
Dua Lipa – “Physical” (choreography: Charm La’Donna)
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (choreography: Richy Jackson)
Normani – “Motivation” (choreography: Sean Bankhead)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” (cinematography: Kieran Fowler)
Camila Cabello – “My Oh My” [ft. DaBaby] (cinematography: Dave Meyers)
Billie Eilish – “all the good girls go to hell” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)
Katy Perry – “Harleys in Hawaii” (cinematography: Arnau Valls)
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (cinematography: Thomas Kloss)
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (cinematography: Oliver Millar)

BEST EDITING

Halsey – “Graveyard” (editing: Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)
James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” (editing: Frank Lebon)
Lizzo – “Good as Hell” (editing: Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan)
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (editing: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico)
Rosalía – “A Palé” (editing: Andre Jones)
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (editing: Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Billie Eilish – “all the good girls go to hell” (visual effects: Drive Studios)
Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” (visual effects: Hoody FX)
Dua Lipa – “Physical” (visual effects: EIGHTY4)
Harry Styles – “Adore You” (visual effects: Mathematic)
Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (visual effects: Ingenuity Studios)
Travis Scott – “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” (visual effects: Artjail, Scissor Films and Freenjoy).

We can’t wait!

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