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MTV VMA logoWhen: Sunday, August 30, 2020

Where: Televised on MTV live from New York in various locations throughout the city.

It was another fun-filled awards ceremony honoring the top music videos of the past year -- when the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards aired live in August on ... (where else?) MTV.

The 2020 MTV VMA nominees were announced on Thursday July 30, 2020.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande led the pack with nine nominations each, followed by Billie Ellish and The Weeknd with six. And, for the first time ever, brand new categories honored the Best Quarantine Performance and the Best Music Video from Home.

Hosting the annual extravaganza in 2020 for the first time ever was Keke Palmer from Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP.

The starting performance for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards was BTS -- who made their inaugural VMA debut and performing their mega-hit, "Dynamite". Lady Gaga also returned to perform at the MTV VMAs for the first time in seven years. Rounding out the all-star lineup was The Weeknd, J Balvin, Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, CNCO and Maluma.

Health concerns helped guide the format this year as the MTV VMA's took off in all directions in various locations in all five boroughs of New York City - Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx & Staten Island!

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of nominees as well as big winners on awards night ...

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DID YOU KNOW? MTV VMA fun facts & trivia

• The very first MTV VMA award show in 1984 was hosted by Bette Midler and Dan Akroyd.

• More than a two dozen categories have been dropped by the VMA lineup over the years, including Best Artist Website and Best Video Game Soundtrack (and does anyone remember Ringtone of the Year?)

• The award for Quadruple Threat of the Year was given out just once, in 2007, to Justin Timberlake.

• Madonna is the winning-est music artist of all time with 20 Moonmen, more than Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson combined.

• American audiences were stunned by the twerkfest by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA's, wracking up more than 150 formal complaints to the FCC for their naughtier-than-thou performance.

• The first nominees for music videos in Spanish were announced at the 2005 VMAs that also featured live performances by Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Tego Calderon.

• The most awarded music video of all time is Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," which took home a total of nine Moonmen at the 1987 VMAs.

2020 MTV VMA Nominees & WINNERS



Billie Eilish – "Everything I Wanted”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” -- WINNER



Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga -- WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

The Weeknd


Billie Eilish – "Everything I Wanted”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” -- WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Post Malone – “Circles”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box"


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 with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” -- WINNER

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking

Doja Cat -- WINNER

Jack Harlow

Lewis Capaldi

Roddy Ricch

Tate McRae



BTS – “On” -- WINNER

Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”

Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “Lover”


DaBaby – “Bop”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage” -- WINNER

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”


Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Coldplay – “Orphans” -- WINNER

Evanescence – “Wasted On You”

Fall Out Boy ft. Wyclef Jean – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”

Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”

The Killers – “Caution”


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” -- WINNER

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”


Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – “China”

Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – “Mamacita”

J Balvin – “Amarillo”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena” -- WINNER


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” -- WINNER


(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”

BTS – “On” -- WINNER

EXO – “Obsession”

Monsta X – “Someone's Someone”

Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

Red Velvet – “Psycho”


Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

H.E.R. - ”I Can’t Breathe” -- WINNER

Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”


5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U” -- WINNER

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Drake – “Toosie Slide”

John Legend – “Bigger Love”

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”


Chloe x Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon

CNCO – Unplugged At Home -- WINNER

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


Billie Eilish – “Xanny” – Directed by Billie Eilish

Doja Cat – “Say So” – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

Dua Lipa – “Don't Start Now” – Directed by Nabil

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Directed by Dave Meyers

Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Directed by Taylor Swift -- WINNER

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Directed by Anton Tammi


5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” – Cinematography by Kieran Fowler

Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – “My Oh My” – Cinematography by Dave Meyers

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” – Cinematography by Arnau Valls

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss -- WINNER

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Cinematography by Oliver Millar


A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” – Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Art Direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Art Direction by Christian Stone -- WINNER

Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Art Direction by Ethan Tobman


Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Visual Effects by Drive Studios

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” – Visual Effects by Hoody FX

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4 -- WINNER

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Visual Effects by Mathematic

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” – Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER


BTS – “On” – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun -- WINNER

CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami

DaBaby – “Bop” – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Choreography by Charm La'Donna

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Choreography by Richy Jackson

Normani – “Motivation” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead


Halsey – “Graveyard” – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

James Blake – “Can't Believe the Way We Flow” – Edited by Frank Lebon

Lizzo – “Good As Hell” – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico -- WINNER

Rosalía – “A Palé” – Edited by Andre Jones

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana


5 Seconds of Summer

The 1975



Chloe x Halle


Little Mix


Now United

Twenty One Pilots


BLACKPINK – “How You Like That” -- WINNER

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”

Tricon Award

Lady Gaga -- WINNER

More about the MTV VMA's around the Web:

Elsewhere on the Web, check out major links to star profiles, red carpet fashion photos, and lots of history & fun facts behind the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV Video Music Awards - The official site with complete list of this year's nominees, winners, presenters and performers, photo galleries and video clips.

MTV Video Music Awards - Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia with a complete history of the awards, hyperlinks to lists of winners by year dating back to 1984, and related resources.

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