Lady Gaga sweeps VMAs, the Weeknd wins top prize

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In this video capture aired on Sunday, August 30, 2020, by MTV, Ariana Grande, left, and Lady Gaga perform “Rain On Me” during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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“Wear masks. It’s a sign of respect, ”said Lady Gaga during one of her several stage appearances to receive the artist and song of the year award.

Wearing an electronic mask, she performed a medley of her songs, including “Stupid Love,” “Chromatica II,” and “911.” Lady Gaga and Grande were accompanied by a corps of dancers, all wearing masks.

The Weeknd, who delivered the first musical number of the night, paid tribute to Blake and Taylor – two African-Americans who died after being shot by police officers – by winning the awards for video of the year and best R&B for “Blinding Lights.”

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In this video capture broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2020 on MTV, The Weeknd presents "Blinding Lights" during the MTV Video Music Awards.

In this video capture aired on Sunday, August 30, 2020, on MTV, The Weeknd presents “Blinding Lights” during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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“It’s really difficult 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.

The VMAs, as these awards are also known, began with heartfelt words in memory of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, to whom host Keke Palmer said the event was dedicated. Boseman, 43, died last Friday after spending four years fighting a private battle with colon cancer.

“We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched many. He’s a true hero, not just on the screen, ”Palmer said. “Its impact will live forever.”

The Black Eyed Peas, who closed the more than two-hour event with Nicky Jam and Tyga, ended their performance by saying, “Black Lives Matter.” R&B star HER won the video for good award for his protest anthem about police brutality and systematic racism, “I Can’t Breathe.”

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In this video capture aired on Sunday, August 30, 2020, by MTV, apl.de.ap, from left, will.i.am, Taboo and J. Rey Soul of the Black Eyed Peas perform during MTV Video Music. Awards.

In this video capture aired on Sunday, August 30, 2020, by MTV, apl.de.ap, from left, will.i.am, Taboo and J. Rey Soul of the Black Eyed Peas perform during MTV Video Music. Awards.

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“I am super proud that everyone speaks out about social injustice,” said HER

But most of the show was devoted to funny performances, some prerecorded, some filmed from different locations in New York.

The K-pop group BTS, which won awards as best pop and best group, gave a first-rate prerecorded performance, and as usual with good choreography. The seven-member band danced and sang in elegant suits, at times with Times Square in the background.

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In this video capture broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2020 by MTV, BTS interprets "Dynamite" during the MTV Video Music Awards.

In this video capture aired on Sunday, August 30, 2020 on MTV, BTS performs “Dynamite” during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Another boy band, the Latin quintet CNCO, performed “Beso” during the gala before winning the award for best quarantined performance for their “MTV Unplugged at Home.”

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In this video capture broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2020 by MTV, CNCO performs "Kiss" during the MTV Video Music Awards.

In this video capture broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2020 by MTV, CNCO performs “Kiss” during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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The VMAs, which were originally to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, featured Colombian singer Maluma – winner of the best Latin video award – singing from Brooklyn, while The Weeknd performed from Manhattan.

DaBaby, accompanied by the Jabbawockeez dance team, performed a hit medley including “Rock Star,” which he rapped by jumping over a police car, with a burning city in the background. Named Best New Artist Doja Cat delivered a futuristic number of her hits “Say So” and “Like That.”

Also starring was Miley Cyrus, who ended her performance with “Midnight Sky” sitting on a large disco ball, similar to how she appeared in her 2013 viral video “Wrecking Ball.”

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In this video capture broadcast on Sunday, August 30, 2020 by MTV, Miley Cyrus interprets "Midnight sky" during the MTV Video Music Awards.

In this video capture aired on Sunday, August 30, 2020 on MTV, Miley Cyrus performs “Midnight Sky” during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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As for the top winners, Grande followed Lady Gaga with multiple honors. His number one duet with Justin Bieber, “Stuck with U,” was voted best home music video, one of two new categories created in response to the pandemic, along with the award won by CNCO.

Taylor Swift was honored with the award for best director for “The Man.”

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In this video posted on Sunday, August 30, 2020 by MTV, Taylor Swift accepts the award for best director for "The Man" during the MTV Video Music Awards.

In this video posted on Sunday, August 30, 2020, by MTV, Taylor Swift accepts the award for best director for “The Man” during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Lady Gaga sweeps VMAs, the Weeknd wins top prize