Lady Gaga and her masks triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards

Joy in the houses of the “little monsters”. Lady Gaga fans have seen the “monster mother” reign again at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, taking home five awards (including best song and best artist), in recognition of the success of her return to the dance floor with Chromatic. The character had grown so much that it suffocated the person, so Stefani Germanotta (New York, 34 years old) decided to explore other less extravagant territories with her album of duets with Tony Bennett (2014), her personal inner journey with Joanne (2016) and his triumphal entry into the cinema with A star Is Born (2018). But with Chromatic, published this spring, returns to the paths of dreams and fantasies from which a privileged niche was opened in the pop firmament 10 years ago.

Like everything in this 2020, this Sunday has been a strange edition of the MTV Video Music Awards, that kind of Super Bowl of youth music, which the coronavirus stripped of the heat of the live audience. Instead of a packed auditorium, the artists performed without an audience from various New York locations to respect social distancing.

But the coronavirus also allowed the public to contemplate a delirious range of aesthetic possibilities that a garment such as the mask can offer, when it is Lady Gaga who wears it: it showed at least four different ones, silver, pink, with horns like a wild boar, with screens of LEDs. They even sang with masks, her and Ariana Grande, their success Rain on me, which won the song of the year and best collaboration awards. “Wear a mask, it is a sign of respect,” Gaga said at the end, after collecting the Tricon award, new for this edition, which recognizes an artist for their merits in three or more disciplines.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga during their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.Kevin Winter / MTV VMAs 2020 (Getty Images for MTV)

The night began with a tribute to a superhero. This is how the presenter of the virtual gala, the actress Keke Palmer, described Chadwick Boseman, the leading actor of Black panther, passed away last Friday. The first performance of the night was by Canadian The Weeknd, who performed his hit Blinding Lights. At the end of the gala, he would win the coveted award for best video, and when he picked it up he asked for justice for Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor, two of the latest victims who have ignited protests over police violence against African-American citizens in the United States.

Another of the most anticipated performances was that of the boy band South Korean BTS, which ended up taking the award in the pop category. They performed for the first time at a Video Music Awards gala, and they did so with Dynamite, Her first single in English, which after its launch on August 21 broke the record for the most views on YouTube in the first 24 hours (more than 101 million).

DaBaby, riding in a police car, during his performance at the gala.
DaBaby, riding in a police car, during his performance at the gala.Kevin Winter / MTV VMAs 2020 (Getty Images for MTV)

Miley Cyrus offered the nostalgic wink of the night, singing Midnight sky climbed into a large mirror ball, recalling his swaggering over a knockdown ball in the groundbreaking video of Wrecking Ball that forever banished her image as a Disney girl.

The Weeknd and BTS won again in the categories of r & b and K-Pop, respectively. Other winners were Doja Cat (best new artist), Maluma and J Balvin (Latin), Megan Thee Stallion (hip hop), Coldplay (rock), Machine Gun Kelly (alternative), HER (video for a good cause) and Taylor Swift , which won the award for best directing for his debut behind the camera in The Man, from his new album Folklore. This year, in addition, there were awards for the best quarantine performance and the best video from home, which were won, respectively, by Latinos CNCO and, again, Ariana Grande with Justin Bieber for the song. Stuck With U.

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Lady Gaga and her masks triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards

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