It’s that time of year again! Although the coronavirus pandemic has delayed many events in 2020, MTV is still going full steam ahead with the Video Music Awards.
The 37th annual ceremony will be the first awards show held in New York City since the COVID-19 outbreak. It was originally set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn without an audience, per orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, the network and the venue ultimately agreed not to move forward with plans to do the show indoors over fears for the participants’ safety.
“The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 30, and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around [NYC] with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines,” MTV and the Barclays Center said in a joint statement to Page Six on August 7. “In close consultation with state and local health officials, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event.”
The statement concluded, “The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved.”
While the 2020 nominations were announced on July 30, MTV has yet to reveal which artist will receive the coveted Video Vanguard Award. The trophy, which recognizes outstanding contributions and impact on music videos and pop culture, previously went to stars including Missy Elliott (2019), Jennifer Lopez (2018), Pink (2017), Rihanna (2016), Kanye West (2015), Beyoncé (2014), Justin Timberlake (2013), Britney Spears (2011), Janet Jackson (1990), Michael Jackson (1988) and Madonna (1986).
Scroll down for everything you need to know before the big night, from the host to the nominees to the performers and more!
When Does It Air?
The show airs live on MTV and its digital platforms on Sunday, August 30, at 8 p.m. ET.
Who Is Hosting?
Keke Palmer announced on August 6 that she is set to lead this year’s VMAs. “I’m hosting in my own way / Bringing you the VMAs / Gonna change up the scene / Rock out of quarantine,” the True Jackson, VP alum sang in an Instagram video.
Who Is Nominated?
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the list of nominees with nine each, followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with seven apiece. Taylor Swift has five nods, and Justin Bieber has four. The Video of the Year nominees are Eilish (“Everything I Wanted”), Eminem and Juice WRLD (“Godzilla”), Future and Drake (“Life Is Good”), Gaga and Grande (“Rain on Me”), Swift (“The Man”) and The Weeknd (“Blinding Lights”). The Artist of the Year nominees, meanwhile, are DaBaby, Bieber, Gaga, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone and The Weeknd.
Who Is Performing?
The artists set to take the stage include Miley Cyrus (“Midnight Sky”), Gaga and Grande (“Rain on Me”), The Weeknd, BTS, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Maluma, Roddy Ricch and CNCO.
Who Is Presenting?
MTV has yet to announce the celebrities who will be handing out the Moon Person awards.
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