Lady Gaga tidied up at MTV\’s Video Music Awards Sunday, an irregular show that paid socially distanced praise to New York City as topics of casting a ballot and racial equity accentuated the night.
The 2020 VMAs – a show known more for gaudy exhibitions, made-for-Twitter minutes and wild outfits than the genuine honors – was downsized due to the coronavirus pandemic, with exhibitions held at outside spaces and numerous famous people tolerating prizes by means of video.
Host Keke Palmer, known for her job in last year\’s film \”Hustlers,\” opened the show with a passionate cold-open honoring entertainer Chadwick Boseman, who just died of colon cancer.
It was one of many nods to the Black Lives Matter movement, acknowledging a year that has seen months of anti-racism protests. Lady Gaga took home trophies including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rain on Me,” her collaboration with Ariana Grande.
“We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many,” she said of the performer who portrayed James Brown and Jackie Robinson, and was the first Black superhero in “Black Panther.”
Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd — whose wins included the coveted Video of The Year — then launched into a performance of the hit “Blinding Lights” atop a viewing deck protruding off a Manhattan skyscraper, 1,000 feet in the air.
“It’s really hard for me to celebrate right now,” he said in accepting his moon man trophy for Best R&B.
“I’m just going to say justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor,” he continued, referring to recent black victims of police violence.
Lady Gaga’s Image Credit gotten from: ASHOKA