The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has cancelled a majority of events for 2020 but the MTV VMAs will still go on with the show with a new award show format. This year the VMAs will be hosted as an outdoor party in New York City rather than the traditional theatre location.
New York City has hosted the VMAs every year and won’t let COVID-19 stop them this year, it will just change some traditions including the venue. The VMAs originally planned to host the awards show at the Barclays Center and will now be hosted in several outdoor locations throughout New York City.
This new venue format will be more like a music festival rather than a red carpet awards show to be held on August 30 airing at 8 p.m. EST/PST. All locations will feature a limited if no audience in accordance with social distancing guidelines to prevent spreading COVID-19.
New York was one of the biggest regions of COVID-19 cases and now the local infection rate is down to 1 percent ad New York implemented mandatory shutdowns first. New York is looking into opening gyms and schools soon so the VMA award show was able to continue without cancellation.
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The VMAs will also host a first-time VMA performance by K-Pop sensation BTS along with performances from stars including Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, Miley Cyrus, Maluma, CNCO, and possibly more surprise performances. Miley Cyrus will also be performing her latest single “Midnight Sky” for the first time at the VMAs.
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 17, 2020
Specific locations have yet to be disclosed but MTV has hinted that this exciting show will highlight the boroughs and is planning on returning to the Barclays Center in 2021. The show will be streamed online at vma.mtv.com and will be hosted by Keke Palmer.
The star-studded nominee list has Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande leading the pack with each going up for nine awards including nominations for their collaboration song from Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ album with the chart-topping song, “Rain On Me.” The Weeknd and Billie Eilish both have six nominations each, proving to be competition for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in certain categories.
The VMAs will also celebrate 2020 with two new award categories: Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home. These categories are celebrating the artists creating music and videos from their homes during COVID-19 quarantine.
The nominees for the Best Music Video From Home includes “Happy Days” by blink-182, “Tootsie Slide” by Drake, “Bigger Love” by John Legend featuring his family, and “Stuck with U” by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. The award for Best Quarentine Performance is in consideration for Post Malone’s Nirvana Tribute, Lady Gaga’s rendition of “Smile” for the One World” Together At Home special, and John Legend’s #TogetherAtHome Concert Series.
You can visit vma.mtv.com to see all the nominees to vote for and updates on the awards show.