The MTV “VMAs” set the stage and aired live Sunday August 30-2020 with the spotlight on New York City.

It was a big deal for entertainment as we have faced a challenging year in the industry.  It was nice to see some of the biggest stars perform and entertain in a unique way this year using the social distancing  but still maintaining the eye catching back drops and visual effects on and off stage this year. 

Hosted by Keke Palmer, the star-studded awards show featured performances by Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, BTS, Black Eyed Peas, Doja Cat, DaBaby, Maluma, CNCO, among other big stars. Fans were able to vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Quarantine Performance,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com through August 23, 2020. Voting for “PUSH Best New Artist, Presented by Chime Banking,” will remain open.

Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist and performer. She has amassed an outstanding 35 million global album sales, 42 billion streams and 321 million in song consumption, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In May 2020, Gaga released her sixth consecutive #1 studio album Chromatica, which features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Elton John and Blackpink and is executive produced by BloodPop® and Lady Gaga.  Maluma is widely considered one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister. Recently, the mega-star registered his sixteenth number one hit on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart for his single “ADMV.” He also released on July 29th his new “Hawai,” which was the number one trending video on Youtube globally.

CNCO have quietly become one of the biggest acts in the world. With over 3 billion cumulative streams, 6.5 billion total music video views, 12 GOLD and PLATINUM certifications in the U.S. alone and countless sold out shows around the globe, their influence can be felt in nearly every corner of the world. For the pre show - Artists Chloe x Halle, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Tate McRae and Machine Gun Kelly featuring Travis Barker and blackbear, performed during the 2020 “VMAs” Pre-Show airing on Sunday, August 30th at 6:30pm ET/PT. The Pre-Show will be hosted by Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa and feature celebrity interviews, coast to coast coverage and more from celebrity correspondents, Kevan Kenney and Travis Mills.

Chloe x Halle: With their doe eyes and hypnotic harmonies, Chloe x Halle brought a youthful insouciance to R&B with their honeyed melodies and empowering, Black girl magic anthems. Their breakout, Grammy-nominated debut The Kids Are Alright wove bright tales of young adult love, sisterhood and self-acceptance over an adventurous infusion of jazz, indie rock, trap, synth-pop and soul. Chloe x Halle’s music—which they write, arrange, producer and engineer themselves—is uplifting and delightfully enchanting, but the ladies were eager to show a different side of themselves.

Some of the big wins for the night - VIDEO OF THE YEAR -The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records, ARTIST OF THE YEAR was-Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records .  SONG OF THE YEAR- Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records.   BEST LATIN-Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Queì Pena” – Sony Music Latin.  BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE-CNCO – Unplugged At Home, and of course PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking-Doja Cat – Kemosabe / RCA Records BEST POP-BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment. Photos courtesy of: MTV- VMA'S / GETTY