Lady Gaga Steals The Show at The MTV VMAs as She Wore a LED Face Mask

Published August 31st, 2020 - 06:45 GMT
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande put on a fierce performance at the 2020 MTV VMAs
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande put on a fierce performance at the 2020 MTV VMAs
The Weeknd kicked off the event performing his track Blinding Lights on a rooftop

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande put on a fierce performance at the 2020 MTV VMAs on Sunday evening - easily stealing the show.

The event had been filmed over the past few days at several different locations throughout New York City with production abiding by social distancing guidelines as it aired 'live' on Sunday night.  

The showstopping set was a medley of Gaga's songs including 911, Rain On Me, and Stupid Love, from her hit album Chromatica.

Making a statement on abiding by safety guidelines, Gaga, 34, wore a LED face mask throughout her set, as well as Ariana, 27, who wore a black silk mask, as she joined her for their hit For Rain On Me.

The pair wore similar outfits to that of the video for Rain On Me, which was a big winner on the night. 

The performance was kicked off by Gaga under a blanket as she watched a TV, which teased a performance by Britney Spears and N*Sync from an old MTV VMAs event.

She then got up from the couch and began singing the track 911 from her latest album, before Ariana also came on stage with her. 

Trailing them in the glam stakes was Miley Cyrus who came out swinging - quite literally - as she performed her song Midnight Sky from a giant mirror ball. 

Miley, 27 wore a very skimpy outfit for the performance of the song, which she sang live.

The pop star is known for making a big splash at the event, having previously caused an outcry when she performed in latex bra and pants alongside Robin Thicke back in 2013.  

This time around, the defiant singer appeared to throw a nod to her racy past as she went from performing the hit song on a stage, to getting on top of a mirror ball. 

Showing off her long legs while holding on to a chain, Miley belted out her tune as she put on a spirited performance. 

The Weeknd opened the show with a performance of his hit song - Blinding Lights - on the rooftop of the Edge, which is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. 

The Canada-born star came into the night with six nominations including Artist Of The Year, and five for the song's video: Video Of The Year, Best R&B, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Direction by Anton Tammi. 

Looking bloodied and bruised to match the cover of his latest studio album After Hours, the hitmaker kicked things off seemingly passed-out, laying on the ground in a pre-recorded clip.

As the intro to the song progressed, The Weeknd stood up to reveal his 1980s-era ensemble of black pants, red blazer and black shirt and tie.

The impressive visual effect included an array of light towers and images of subway cars behind him.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, before the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to re-think the entire event.

This year's show marks the first time the bash has been held at various different locations, with performances taking place in and around New York City, without packed audiences to abide by social distancing guidelines.

MTV explained its plans for the show to ‘[span] all five boroughs’ of New York, to ‘pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents.’

Nominations this year were dominated by pop performers Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, with nine nods each, while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd followed closely behind with six each.

They all appear in the top prize category, Video of the Year, which finds Eilish's Everything I Wanted going up against Eminem and Juice WRLD's Godzilla, Future and Drake's Life Is Good, Gaga and Grande's Rain on Me, Taylor Swift's The Man, and The Weeknd's Blinding Lights.

Nominees for Push Best New Artist were revealed on July 23 and other categories were announced on July 30. Fan voting began on July 30 and ended on August 23.

Additional categories were unveiled last week, including Song of Summer, Best Group and Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers, with the latter created to ‘celebrate performances by Covid-19 first responders.’

Other new one-off award categories this year are for Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video from Home.

DaBaby made a Black Lives Matter statement during his set, as he performed on top of a police car. 

The 28-year-old rapper appeared to be referencing police brutality as she sang a medley of his songs Peep Hole, Blind, and Rockstar. 

He was seen in the back of a police car during the performance, and later engulfed in flames as he stood on top of it. Dance group Jabbawockeez also joined him on stage.

Closing out the bash was the Black Eyed Peas, who treated viewers to a rendition of their classic hit I Gotta Feeling. 

Replacing the singer Fergie in the band is J. Rey Soul, real name Jessica Reynoso. 

She first got involved with the band when she worked with member on The Voice Philippines. 

The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, where Madonna performed her hit Like a Virgin wearing her iconic wedding gown/bustier combination.

The Video Vanguard Award has been awarded to 34 acts, and was renamed the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1991, after he previously won the 1988 trophy.

MTV has stated that next year’s 2021 VMAs will be held at the Barclays Center.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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