MTV doesn’t play very many music videos any more, but they still celebrate the medium with the annual MTV Video Music Awards.

In what was originally planned as a gala extravaganza at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn has become a city wide event as the event has moved outside and across the five Burroughs of New York City.

With the Covid-19 virus still a certainty and life an uncertainty, MTV hade the decision to move the awards outside.

Keke Palmer is hosting the event from inside the Barclay’s Center.

One day after his death, MTV has dedicated the show to super hero actor Chadwick Boseman.

High above the Manhattan, The Weeknd gets the night of music started with “Blinding Lights”.

DaBaby  performs a medley of “Peephole”, “Blind”, and “Rockstar”.

In the first award of the night, Jaden Smith presented the award for Best Collaboration to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”.

Miley Cyrus performs “Midnight Sky” in a performance that includes swinging from a disco ball.

Drew Barrymore presented the award for Best Direction of a Video to Taylor Swift for “The Man”.  This was the first time Swift directed a video on her own.

At the Skyline Drive In in Brooklyn, Maluma gives a performance of “Hawai”.

The award for Best Latin Video went to Maluma for “Qué Pena”.  While he sang in Spanish, Maluma accepted the award in English and Spanish.  This is Maluma’s first VMA award.

The award for Song of the Year went to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”. 

In a historic event, BTS gives their first MVA performance live from their homeland of South Korea of their new record shattering video “Dynamite”.

The award for Best Music Video from Home went to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for “Stuck with You”.

Lady Gaga takes the stage for a medley performance of “Enigma”, Chromatica II”, “Rain on Me” with Ariana Grande, and “Stupid Love”.  Both artists were wearing masks during their performance.  In the first hour, Lady Gaga has accepted two awards and given a performance; in that time, she has made four costume changes.

Nicole Richie presents the award for Best Pop Video to BTS for “On”.  The band gave their acceptance speech via video from South Korea.

Richie also presented the award for Best R&B Video to The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”.

Award winning performer Kelly Clarkson presents the award for Artist of the Year to Lady Gaga.

Honouring the medical workers for all that they have done, the MTV VMA’s showed clips of health care workers making music of their own.

JP Saxe and Julia Michaels gave a special performance.

Sophia Carson presented the award for Video for Good – artists using their voice and music for change – to H.E.R. for “I Can’t Breathe”.  Pepsi will be giving $100,000 to the NAACP Legal Fund.

New artist Doja Cat gave her debut VMA performance of “Say So” and “Like That”.

Lady Gaga is presented with the inaugural MTV Tricon Award.  This is her fourth on air award of the night.  Lady Gaga, along with Ariana Grande, received nine VMA nominations to lead the list of nominees.

Travis Barker presented the award for Best Hip-Hop Video to Megan Thee Stalllion for “Savage”.  This is Megan’s second VMA Award.

Barker paid tribute to the Hip-Hop artists who have died this year; as well as, all of artist lost in the past year.

Back at the Drive In in Brooklyn, host Keke Palmer performs “Snack”.

In a VMA debut, CNCO give a performance.

Machine Gun Kelly presents the award for Best New Artist – a fan voted award – to Doja Cat.  Kelly revealed that over 39 million votes were cast.

Bebe Rexha presented the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year to The Weeknd for “Blinding Lights”.

Closing out the night of music was the Black Eyed Peas with “Vida Loca” and “I Got a Feeling”.


Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Best K-Pop: BTS for “On”
Best Rock: Cold Play for “Orphans”
Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly for “Bloody Valentine”
Best Group: BTS
Best Quarantine Performance: CNCO for “MTV Unplugged at Home”
Best Cinematography: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for “Rain on Me”
Best Art Direction: Miley Cyrus for “Mother’s Daughter”
Visual Effects:
Dua Lipa for “Physical”
Best Choreography: BTS for “On”
Best Editing: Miley Cyrus for “Mother’s Daughter”