The 2020 MTV VMA's: A New Way to Present Award Shows

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still putting restrictions on large gatherings due to its dangerous nature, the entertainment industry has been forced to find alternatives to their live events. Last night, MTV put on the 2020 Video Music Awards in a new fashion- combining socially distant performances and prerecorded videos of acceptances. Watching the award show I couldn’t help but think- will this be the future of live events?

The show was hosted by Keke Palmer (who, by the way, did a fabulous job) and took place in New York City. Normally, the show would have live performances outside with tons of fans, celebrities walking the red carpet, a packed audience with many (if not all) of the nominees being in house…but this year, things were different.

Keke Palmer and the presenters were all kept solo on the stage to enforce distancing as well. Masks were not required while presenting or accepting, however, Lady Gaga wore a mask the entire duration of the show. During her acceptances and her performance, Gaga locked in the importance of mask wearing by dressing up her various fashionable masks. When performing “Rain On Me”, Ariana Grande also joined Gaga in wearing a mask throughout the duration of the performance.

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Green screens were present quite often as performers utilized them for a backdrop on what many believe were prerecorded performances. Doja Cat, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus were some of the few performances fans have speculated to have been prerecorded. Setting the debate aside, safety is what comes first in a pandemic and however it may have been performed was the safest option for the artists, crew, and fans.

Lastly and most importantly- DaBaby, Keke Palmer, and Sofia Carson all shed led on the importance of fighting social injustice, as well as the Weeknd who utilized his acceptance speech to demand justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor. The Weeknd stating that “Wins are hard to really hard to celebrate”, he called for justice in both of his acceptances speeches (winning Best R&B Video and Video of the Year). A message that comes at a crucial time.

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