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    Everything You Need To Know About The 2020 MTV VMAs

    From how it will work in a pandemic to the performers, presenters, and how to watch.

    This Sunday, Aug. 30, the MTV Video Music Awards will return, kicking off awards show season in a pandemic. This year's programming, however, is going to look a lot different.

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    For one, the show will be outdoors, taking place in various locations across New York City.

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    There will be performances throughout the city with "limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines," per a statement from MTV to Variety.

    Originally, the producers had planned to hold the show indoors, but that changed because of the coronavirus.

    "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 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."

    One thing that won't be different: The show will still have a host, and this year we'll be blessed with Keke Palmer.

    Here's how the hosting will work:

    "It'll be a lot of darting from stage to stage and showing the beautiful boroughs in New York," Keke told USA Today. "There will be some consistent spots, but it will be a lot of traveling and movement throughout."

    There will also still be presenters — expect appearances from these celebs:

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    Anthony Ramos, Bebe Rexha, Bella Hadid, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith, Joey King, Kelly Clarkson, Machine Gun Kelly, Madison Beer, Nicole Richie, Sofia Carson, and Travis Barker.

    As for the performers, there are a lot of familiar faces:

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    Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, BTS, Black Eyed Peas, CNCO, DaBaby, Doja Cat, and Maluma will all be taking the stage — or various stages in different locations. (Roddy Ricch and J Balvin were originally scheduled to perform as well but had to drop out because of complications from the pandemic, according to Deadline.) There will also be performances from Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, Chloe x Halle, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Tate McRae, and Blackbear during the preshow.

    The award categories are also slightly different this year — some are specific to the pandemic, like Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home.


    Billie Eilish — "Everything I Wanted”

    Eminem feat. Juice WRLD — “Godzilla”

    Future feat. Drake — “Life Is Good”

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”

    Taylor Swift — “The Man”

    The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights”



    Justin Bieber

    Lady Gaga

    Megan Thee Stallion

    Post Malone

    The Weeknd


    Billie Eilish — "Everything I Wanted”

    Doja Cat — “Say So”

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”

    Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”

    Post Malone — “Circles”

    Roddy Ricch — “The Box"


    Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber — “Stuck With U”

    Black Eyed Peas feat. J Balvin — “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)”

    Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid — “Beautiful People”

    Future feat. Drake — “Life Is Good”

    Karol G feat. Nicki Minaj — “Tusa”

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”


    Doja Cat

    Jack Harlow

    Lewis Capaldi

    Roddy Ricch

    Tate McRae



    BTS — “On”

    Halsey — “You Should Be Sad”

    Jonas Brothers — “What a Man Gotta Do”

    Justin Bieber feat. Quavo — “Intentions”

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”

    Taylor Swift — “Lover”


    DaBaby — “Bop”

    Eminem feat. Juice WRLD — “Godzilla”

    Future feat. Drake — “Life Is Good”

    Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”

    Roddy Ricch — “The Box”

    Travis Scott — “Highest in the Room”


    Blink-182 — “Happy Days”

    Coldplay — “Orphans”

    Evanescence — “Wasted on You”

    Fall Out Boy feat. Wyclef Jean — “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”

    Green Day — “Oh Yeah!”

    The Killers — “Caution”


    The 1975 — “If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)”

    All Time Low — “Some Kind of Disaster”

    Finneas — “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”

    Lana Del Rey — “Doin’ Time”

    Machine Gun Kelly — “Bloody Valentine”

    Twenty One Pilots — “Level of Concern”


    Anuel AA feat. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G, and J Balvin — “China”

    Bad Bunny — “Yo Perreo Sola”

    Black Eyed Peas feat. Ozuna and J. Rey Soul – “Mamacita”

    J Balvin — “Amarillo”

    Karol G feat. Nicki Minaj — “Tusa”

    Maluma feat. J Balvin — “Qué Pena”

    BEST R&B

    Alicia Keys — “Underdog”

    Chloe x Halle — “Do It”

    H.E.R. feat. YG — “Slide”

    Khalid feat. Summer Walker — “Eleven”

    Lizzo — “Cuz I Love You”

    The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights”


    (G)I-dle — “Oh My God”

    BTS — “On”

    Exo — “Obsession”

    Monsta X — “Someone's Someone”

    Tomorrow X Together — “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

    Red Velvet — “Psycho”


    Anderson .Paak — “Lockdown”

    Billie Eilish — “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”

    Demi Lovato — “I Love Me”

    H.E.R. — ”I Can’t Breathe”

    Lil Baby — “The Bigger Picture”

    Taylor Swift — “The Man”


    5 Seconds of Summer — “Wildflower”

    Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber — “Stuck With U”

    Blink-182 — “Happy Days”

    Drake — “Toosie Slide”

    John Legend — “Bigger Love”

    Twenty One Pilots — “Level of Concern”


    Chloe x Halle — “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon

    CNCO — Unplugged at Home

    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"


    Billie Eilish — “Aanny,” directed by Billie Eilish

    Doja Cat — “Say So,” directed by Hannah Lux Davis

    Dua Lipa — “Don't Start Now,” directed by Nabil

    Harry Styles — “Adore You,” directed by Dave Meyers

    Taylor Swift — “The Man,” directed by Taylor Swift

    The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights,” directed by Anton Tammi


    5 Seconds of Summer — “Old Me,” cinematography by Kieran Fowler

    Camila Cabello feat. DaBaby — “My Oh My,” cinematography by Dave Meyers

    Billie Eilish — “All the Good Girls Go to Hell,” cinematography by Christopher Probst

    Katy Perry — “Harleys In Hawaii,” cinematography by Arnau Valls

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me,” cinematography by Thomas Kloss

    The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights,” cinematography by Oliver Millar


    A$AP Rocky — “Babushka Boi,” art direction by A$AP Rocky and Nadia Lee Cohen

    Dua Lipa — “Physical,” art direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́

    Harry Styles — “Adore You,” art direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

    Miley Cyrus — “Mother’s Daughter,” art direction by Christian Stone

    Selena Gomez — “Boyfriend,” art direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

    Taylor Swift — “Lover,” art direction by Ethan Tobman


    Billie Eilish — “All the Good Girls Go to Hell,” visual effects by Drive Studios

    Demi Lovato — “I Love Me,” visual effects by Hoody FX

    Dua Lipa — “Physical,” visual effects by Eighty4

    Harry Styles — “Adore You,” visual effects by Mathematic

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me,” visual effects by Ingenuity Studios

    Travis Scott — “Highest in the Room,” visual effects by Artjail, Scissor Films, and Frender


    BTS — “On,” choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, and Lee Byung Eun

    CNCO and Natti Natasha — “Honey Boo,” choreography by Kyle Hanagami

    DaBaby — “Bop,” choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

    Dua Lipa — “Physical,” choreography by Charm La'Donna

    Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me,” choreography by Richy Jackson

    Normani — “Motivation,” choreography by Sean Bankhead


    Halsey — “Graveyard,” edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia, and Tim Montana

    James Blake — “Can't Believe the Way We Flow,” edited by Frank Lebon

    Lizzo — “Good as Hell,” edited by Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan

    Miley Cyrus — “Mother’s Daughter,” edited by Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico

    Rosalía — “A Palé,” edited by Andre Jones

    The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights,” edited by Janne Vartia and Tim Montana

    Here's how you can watch: Tune in to MTV or stream the show at this Sunday, Aug. 30, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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