2020 VMAs: The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, And Doja Cat Take Home Top Awards

2020 VMAs: The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, And Doja Cat Take Home Top Awards

During his acceptance speech, The Weeknd called for justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.

Published 4 weeks ago

Written by BET Staff

The 2020 MTV Video Music Award aired last night (Aug. 30) and a number of music’s biggest stars brought their fans some much-needed respite from the coronavirus. 

  1. Following an emotional opening from multihyphenate Keke Palmer where she paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who passed away after a four year long battle with colon cancer, The Weekend kicked off the night with his chart-topping hit, “Blinding Lights” from the Hudson Yards in New York. His stage was followed by memorable performances from Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, DaBaby, Doja Cat and more. 

    Gaga led the pack with five awards wins last night, bringing her career total to 18 VMAs, according to Billboard, placing her just behind Beyoncé and Madonna who have 24 and 20 accolades, respectively.

    RELATED: A Mood! Keke Palmer Makes History As The First Black VMAs Host In 33-Years

  2. The hip-hop and R&B community walked away with a few big wins as well. The Weeknd took home awards for both Video of the Year and Best R&B for “Blinding Lights.” While accepting the trophies, the R&B crooner delivered a short yet poignant 20-second speech.

    “It’s really hard for me to celebrate and enjoy this moment so I’m just going to say justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor,” he said.

     

  3. Doja Cat was declared Best New Artist amid a meteoric rise that culminated in her first No. 1 hit with her Nicki Minaj-assisted “Say So” remix in May. “Damn I love yall” she tweeted out later that night.

    Though she did not perform, Megan Thee Stallion took home the award for Best Hip-Hop. The Houston rapper virtually accepted the Moon Person with a video message to her loyal fanbase and MTV. 

    “Thank you Hotties! Thank you, MTV! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m Best Hip-Hop,” she gushed with a giggle. “Thank y’all for real. This is my second Moonman. Definitely not my last. We gon’ keeping turning up.”

  4. R&B singer H.E.R. received “Video For Good” for her protest anthem, “I Can’t Breath.” She released the song in June in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Still dreaming!!! But it’s not about me, it's about the movement,” H.E.R. wrote of the moment on Instagram along with a video message.

  5. See the full list of winners below: 

    Video of the Year

    WINNER: The Weeknd: "Blinding Lights" – XO / Republic Records

    Billie Eilish: "Everything I Wanted" – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Eminem ft. Juice WRLD: "Godzilla" – Shady / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Future ft. Drake: "Life Is Good" – Epic Records / Freebandz

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: "Rain on Me" – Streamline / Interscope Records

    Taylor Swift: "The Man" – Republic Records

    Artist of the Year

    WINNER: Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records

    DaBaby – SCMG / Interscope Records

    Justin Bieber – RBMG / Def Jam

    Megan Thee Stallion – 300 Entertainment

    Post Malone – Republic Records

    The Weeknd – XO / Republic Records

    PUSH Best New Artist

    WINNER: Doja Cat — Kemosabe / RCA Records

    Jack Harlow — Generation Now / Atlantic Records

    Lewis Capaldi — Capitol Records

    Roddy Ricch — Atlantic Records

    Tate McRae — RCA Records

    Yungblud – Locomotion Recordings / Geffen Records / Interscope Records

    Song of the Year

    WINNER: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records

    Billie Eilish: “Everything I Wanted” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Doja Cat: “Say So” – Kemosabe / RCA Records

    Megan Thee Stallion: “Savage” – 300 Entertainment

    Post Malone: “Circles” – Republic Records

    Roddy Ricch: “The Box” – Atlantic Records

    Best Collaboration

    WINNER: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records

    Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber: “Stuck with U” – Republic Records / Def Jam

    Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin: “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” – Epic Records / We The Best

    Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid: “Beautiful People” – Atlantic Records

    Future ft. Drake: “Life Is Good” – Epic Records / Freebandz

    Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj: “Tusa” – Universal Music Latin Entertainment

    MTV Tricon Award

    WINNER: Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records

    Best Pop

    WINNER: BTS: “On” – Big Hit Entertainment

    Halsey: “You Should Be Sad” – Capitol Records

    Jonas Brothers: “What a Man Gotta Do” – Republic Records

    Justin Bieber ft. Quavo: “Intentions” – RBMG / Def Jam

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records

    Taylor Swift: “Lover” – Republic Records

    Best Hip Hop

    WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion: “Savage” – 300 Entertainment

    DaBaby: “Bop” – SCMG / Interscope Records

    Eminem ft. Juice WRLD: “Godzilla” – Shady / Aftermath / Interscope Records

    Future ft. Drake: “Life Is Good” – Epic Records / Freebandz

    Roddy Ricch: “The Box” – Atlantic Records

    Travis Scott: “Highest in the Room” – Epic Records / Cactus Jack

    Best R&B

    WINNER: The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records

    Alicia Keys: “Underdog” – RCA Records

    Chloe x Halle: “Do It” – Parkwood / Columbia Records

    H.E.R. ft. YG: “Slide” – MBK / RCA Records

    Khalid ft. Summer Walker: “Eleven” – Right Hand Music / RCA Records

    Lizzo: “Cuz I Love You” – Atlantic Records

    Best K-Pop

    WINNER: BTS: "On" – Big Hit Entertainment

    EXO: "Obession" – SM Entertainment

    (G)I-DLE: "Oh My God" – Republic Records

    Monsta X: "Someone's Someone" – Epic Records

    Red Velvet: "Psycho" – SM Entertainment

    Tomorrow X Together: "9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)" – Big Hit Entertainment

    Best Latin

    WINNER: Maluma ft. J Balvin: “Qué Pena” – Sony Music Latin

    Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin: “China” – Real Hasta La Muerte

    Bad Bunny: “Yo Perreo Sola” – Rimas Entertainment

    Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul: “Mamacita” – Epic Records

    J Balvin: “Amarillo” – Universal Music Latin Entertainment

    Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj: “Tusa” – Universal Music Latin Entertainment

    Best Rock

    WINNER: Coldplay: “Orphans” – Atlantic Records

    Blink-182: “Happy Days” – Columbia Records

    Evanescence: “Wasted On You” – BMG

    Fall Out Boy ft. Wyclef Jean: “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” – Island Records

    Green Day: “Oh Yeah!” – Reprise / Warner Records

    The Killers: “Caution” – Island Records

    Best Alternative

    WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly: “Bloody Valentine” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records

    The 1975: “If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)” – Dirty Hit / Interscope Records

    All Time Low: “Some Kind Of Disaster” – Fueled By Ramen

    Finneas: “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” – AWAL

    Lana Del Rey: “Doin’ Time” – Interscope Records

    Twenty One Pilots: “Level of Concern” – Elektra Music Group / Fueled By Ramen

    Best Group

    WINNER: BTS

    5 Seconds of Summer

    The 1975

    Blackpink

    Chloe x Halle

    CNCO

    Little Mix

    Monsta X

    Now United

    Twenty One Pilots

    Best Music Video From Home

    WINNER: Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber: “Stuck with U” – Republic Records / Def Jam

    5 Seconds of Summer: “Wildflower” – Interscope Records

    Blink-182: “Happy Days” – Columbia Records

    Drake: “Toosie Slide” – OVO/Republic Records

    John Legend: “Bigger Love” – Columbia Records

    Twenty One Pilots: “Level of Concern” – Elektra Music Group / Fueled By Ramen

    Best Quarantine Performance

    CNCO: MTV Unplugged At Home

    Chloe x Halle: "Do It (from MTV Prom-Athon)"

    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

    Video For Good

    WINNER: H.E.R.: “I Can’t Breathe” – MBK / RCA Records

    Anderson .Paak: “Lockdown” – 12 Tone Music Group

    Billie Eilish: “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Darkroom / Interscope Records

    Demi Lovato: “I Love Me” – Island Records

    Lil Baby: “The Bigger Picture” – Quality Control Music / Motown / Capitol Music Group

    Taylor Swift: “The Man” – Republic Records

    Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers

    WINNER: ALL

    Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson: "Imagine"

    Dr. Nate Wood: "Lean On Me"

    Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad: "Level Up"

    Jason "Tik Tok Doc" Campbell

    Lori Marie Key: "Amazing Grace"

    Best Direction

    WINNER: Taylor Swift: “The Man” – Republic Records – Directed by Taylor Swift

    Billie Eilish: “Xanny” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Directed by Billie Eilish

    Doja Cat: “Say So” – Kemosabe / RCA Records – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

    Dua Lipa: “Don’t Start Now” – Warner Records – Directed by Nabil

    Harry Styles: “Adore You” – Columbia Records – Directed by Dave Meyers

    The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records – Directed by Anton Tammi

    Best Cinematography

    WINNER: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Cinematography by Michael Merriman

    5 Seconds of Summer: “Old Me” – Interscope Records – Cinematography by Kieran Fowler

    Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby: “My Oh My” – Syco Music / Epic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham

    Billie Eilish: “all the good girls go to hell” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

    Katy Perry: “Harleys In Hawaii” – Capitol Records – Cinematography by Arnau Valls

    The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records – Cinematography by Oliver Millar

    Best Art Direction

    WINNER: Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Art Direction by Christian Stone

    A$AP Rocky: “Babushka Boi” – Polo Grounds Music / RCA Records – Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen

    Dua Lipa: “Physical” – Warner Records – Art Direction by Anna Colomer Nogué

    Harry Styles: “Adore You” – Columbia Records – Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

    Selena Gomez: “Boyfriend” – Interscope Records – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

    Taylor Swift: “Lover” – Republic Records – Art Direction by Kurt Gefke

    Best Visual Effects

    WINNER: Dua Lipa: “Physical” – Warner Records – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4 and Mathematic

    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

    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: “Highest in the Room” – Epic Records / Cactus Jack – Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

    Best Choreography

    WINNER: BTS: “On” – Big Hit Entertainment – Choreography by The Lab, Son Sung Deuk

    CNCO & Natti Natasha: “Honey Boo” – Sony Music Latin / RCA Records – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami

    DaBaby: “BOP” – SCMG / Interscope Records – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

    Dua Lipa: “Physical” – Warner Records – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Choreography by Richy Jackson

    Normani: “Motivation” – Keep Cool / RCA Records – Choreography by Sean Bankhead

    Best Editing

    WINNER: Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico

    Halsey: “Graveyard” – Capitol Records – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

    James Blake: “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” – Republic Records – Edited by Frank Lebon

    Lizzo: “Good As Hell” – Atlantic Records – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan

    Rosalía: “A Palé” – Columbia Records – Edited by Andre Jones

    The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

(Photo from left: Efren Landaos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for A24, and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for RCA)

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