The Weeknd won the most important prize on Monday morning (Dutch time) at the presentation of the MTV Video Music Awards. He received the prize for the best music video for Blinding Lights . In addition to the Canadian singer, who also won the prize for the best R&B video with the same video clip, Lady Gaga dominated the largely online award ceremony with five awards.
Lady Gaga won an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) in the Artist of the Year category and was the first winner of the new MTV Tricon Award , an award for musicians who also excel in other areas. With Rain On Me , the singer also won awards for the song of the year, the best collaboration (with Ariana Grande) and the best camera work.
The award for best music video from home went to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for Stuck with You . The VMA for Best Quarantine Performance went to the Unplugged At Home performances during CNCO.
Grande and Gaga both topped the list with nine nominations. The Weeknd and Billie Eilish had six nominations.
Taylor Swift wins award for directing, HER wins most award for most involved video
Taylor Swift received the VMA in the Best Direction category. The singer had directed The Man herself and was preferred over Billie Eilish, among others, who was also responsible for directing Xanny .
The VMA for video for good, the most involved video, went to HER. The American singer-songwriter won with I Can’t Breathe , a protest number against the deaths of unarmed black people from police brutality.
Presentation dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, focusing on Black Lives Matter
The VMAs were dedicated to Chadwick Boseman. The actor, who is mainly known for his lead role in the superhero film Black Panther, died on Friday at the age of 43 from colon cancer.
Due to the corona crisis, MTV presented two corona categories mainly online. In addition to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Doja Cat and BTS performed from several previously kept secret places in New York.
Presenter Keke Williams also discussed the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. The actress emphasized the connecting and healing power of music.