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Recap: Full List of Winners + The Best Moments of the 2020 VMAs

Posted on August 31, 2020

It wasn’t the award show we’re used to, but it was the award show we needed. After a night of oohs, awes, and amazing performances the 2020 MTV VMA’s have come to an end and we’re here to recap some of the sweetest and most epic moments of the night!

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Now, here’s your 2020 #VMAs recap!

LEWIS CAPALDI LITERALLY HAVING THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL

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Lewis sang a breathtaking rendition of his hit song Before You Go during the VMA pre-show. The singer-songwriter (who was nominated for PUSH Best New Artist) delivered a stripped back performance free of any theatrics or dance breaks and it was honestly so stunning. We’re manifesting a shift from “nominee” to “award winner” for Lewis at the 2021 VMAs.

❤️WATCH THE “BEFORE YOU GO” MUSIC VIDEO HERE❤️

THE WEEKND SHOWING UP AND SHOWING OUT

The King of the Fall opened the show with a jaw dropping performance of “Blinding Lights,” set to a glorious firework display over New York’s Hudson Yards. If we had to sum it up in one word, legendary might suffice.

When he wasn’t mesmerizing us with his vocals and stage presence, The Weeknd was using the platform to draw much needed attention to the Black Lives Matter Movement as he addressed victims of police brutality during his acceptance speeches.

The Weeknd also ended the night by adding two more illustrious awards to his collection, winning:

  • Video of the Year (“Blinding Lights”)
  • Best R&B (“Blinding Lights”)

WATCH THE AWARD WINNING MUSIC VIDEO

MACHINE GUN KELLY BEING THE CUTEST HUMAN ALIVE

From a stellar tag team performance of “my bestfriend’s ex” with blackbear and Travis Barker, to a well-deserved win for “Best Alternative” for “Bloody Valentine,” it’s safe to say it was a big night for MGK.

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How cute is Machine Gun Kelly’s reaction to winning?!

💔 CHECK OUT THE SONG THAT GOT MGK THAT MOON MAN 💔

LADY GAGA DOMINATING THE WHOLE DANG SHOW

She came, she saw, she DEVOURED. We can’t even choose our fave Gaga moment because she gave us so many. Between the numerous outfit changes and Gaga gently reminding everyone at home to WEAR 👏 A 👏 MASK 👏 our love for her has quadrupled overnight.

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Then there was that transcendent performance of “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande that still has us shook!!!

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Oh, and Gaga casually went home with:

  • Artist of the Year
  • Video of the Year (“Rain On Me”)
  • Song of the Year (“Rain On Me”)
  • Best Collaboration (“Rain On Me”) with Ariana Grande

🌧️ WATCH THE AWARD WINNING MUSIC VIDEO 🌧️

Thank You So So Much Lady Gaga GIF by 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

Full list of 2020 VMA winners:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

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”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DaBaby

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish — “everything i wanted”

Doja Cat — “Say So”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain On Me”

Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”

Post Malone — “Circles”

Roddy Ricch — “The Box”

BEST COLLABORATION

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”

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Lewis Capaldi

Roddy Ricch

Tate McRae

YUNGBLUD

BEST POP

BTS — “On” 

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”

BEST HIP-HOP

DaBaby — “BOP”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD — “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake — “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”

Roddy Ricch — “The Box”

Travis Scott — “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM”

BEST ROCK

blink-182 — “Happy Days”

Coldplay — “Orphans”

Evanescence — “Wasted On You”

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

Green Day — “Oh Yeah!”

The Killers — “Caution”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

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”

twenty one pilots — “Level of Concern”

BEST LATIN

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”

BEST R&B

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”

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE — “Oh My God”

BTS — “On” 

EXO — “Obsession”

Monsta X — “SOMEONE’S SOMEONE”

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

Red Velvet — “Psycho”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Anderson .Paak — “Lockdown”

Billie Eilish — “all the good girls go to hell”

Demi Lovato — “I Love Me”

H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”

Lil Baby — “The Bigger Picture”

Taylor Swift — “The Man”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer — “Wildflower”

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber — “Stuck with U”

blink-182 — “Happy Days”

Drake — “Toosie Slide”

John Legend — “Bigger Love”

twenty one pilots — “Level of Concern”

BEST GROUP

BTS

5 Seconds of Summer

The 1975

BLACKPINK

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Little Mix

MONSTA X

Now United

twenty one pilots

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe x Halle — “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-Athon

CNCO — MTV Unplugged At Home

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

BEST DIRECTION

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 

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby — “My Oh My” — Cinematography by Scott Cunningham

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

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

BEST ART DIRECTION

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 

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

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish — “all the good girls go to hell” — Darkroom / Interscope Records — Visual Effects by Drive Studios

Demi Lovato — “I Love Me” — Island Records — Visual Effects by Hoody FX

Dua Lipa — “Physical” — Warner Records — Visual Effects by EIGHTY4 

Harry Styles — “Adore You” — Columbia Records — Visual Effects by Mathematic

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain On Me” — Streamline / Interscope Records — Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

Travis Scott — “Higest in the Room” — Epic Records / Cactus Jack — Visual Effects by ArtJail, Scissor Films & Frender

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS — “On” — Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun 

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

BEST EDITING

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 

ROSALÍA — “A Palé” — Edited by Andre Jones

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

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