Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2020 Live Online Streaming

The MTV Video Music Awards are back! The 2020 VMAs promise to be different from any ever before, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. The structure of the show may look a bit different, but the takeaways are the same: The best and brightest in pop, hip hop, R&B and rock will be honored for their audio and visual contributions to music in the past year…and oh, what a year it’s been! (Seriously, it feels so long ago that Taylor Swift took home Video of the Year for “You Need to Calm Down,” doesn’t it?)

In recent years, the VMAs have seen a shift in cultural relevance (is anything shocking anymore?) as well as a decline in live ratings, largely because MTV itself doesn’t make its bread and butter with music videos anymore. Still, for most music fans, the MTV VMAs are a must-see event that counters the often self-serious nature of the Grammy Awards in the winter, and it’s a great send-off to summer. Now grab your popcorn and a hairbrush to sing into—here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 MTV VMAs.

Will the 2020 MTV VMAs have an actual in-person ceremony?

The 2020 VMAs were set to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It would have been the first event held at the venue since the COVID-19 crisis turned the city that never sleeps into a largely shutdown Big Apple. However, reps for the Barclays Center confirmed in a statement to Page Six that MTV has rethought those plans.

“The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, Aug. 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. 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 reads, according to Page Six. “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.”

According to Page Six, gift bags for the guests and nominees have been being shipped out.

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When are the 2020 MTV VMAs?

The MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020

What time are the 2020 MTV VMAs airing?

The award show will air at 9 p.m. ET.

How to watch and stream the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards on TV and online

You can watch the 2020 MTV VMAs live on MTV or stream them on and the MTV app. To watch the VMAs online or stream them from the MTV app (available on Google Play, iTunes, Roku and other platforms), you’ll have to sign in with your TV provider.

Who is the 2020 MTV VMAs host?

Keke Palmer has been tapped to host the 2020 VMAs. Palmer revealed the news in a faux video call with her throwback titular True Jackson, VP character. Palmer most recently starred in Hustlers with Jennifer Lopez and served as a cohost on GMA With Strahan, Sara and Keke. MTV said in a statement, “We’re thrilled to have the multi-talented Keke Palmer as this year’s VMAs host. Keke is an energetic force and a quadruple threat with unmatched comedic wit who will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.”

Who has the most 2020 MTV VMA nominations?

Lady Gaga, who made her VMAs debut a decade ago this year, and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with a tied nine nominations each, including several for the duet “Rain on Me.”

2020 VMAs nominations

Video of the Year

Billie Eilish — “Everything I Wanted”
Eminem (featuring Juice WRLD) – “Godzilla”
Future (featuring Drake) — “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift — “The Man”
The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights”

Artist of the Year

Post Malone
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
The Weeknd

Song of the Year

Doja Cat – “Say So”
Billie Eilish — “Everything I Wanted”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”
Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”
Post Malone – “Circles”
Roddy Ricch — “The Box”

Push Best New Artist

Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Tate McRae
Roddy Ricch

Best Collaboration

Black Eyed Peas (featuring J Balvin) – “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)”
Future (featuring Drake) — “Life Is Good”
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
Karol G and Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”
Ed Sheeran (featuring Khalid) – “Beautiful People”

Best Pop

Justin Bieber (featuring Quavo) — “Intentions”
BTS — “On”
Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”
Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain on Me”
Taylor Swift — “Lover”

Best Hip Hop

DaBaby — “Bop”
Eminem (featuring Juice Wrld) — “Godzilla”
Future (featuring Drake) — “Life Is Good”
Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”
Roddy Ricch — “The Box”
Travis Scott — “Highest in the Room”

Best R&B

Chloe x Halle — “Do It”
H.E.R. (featuring YG) – “Slide”
Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
Khalid (featuring Summer Walker) – “Eleven”
Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”
The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights”

Best K-Pop

BTS — “On”
Exo – “Obsession”
(G)I-dle – “Oh My God”
Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”
Red Velvet – “Psycho”
TXT – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

Best Latin

Anuel AA (featuring Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G and J Balvin) – “China”
Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
J Balvin – “Amarillo”
Black Eyed Peas (featuring Ozuna and J. Rey Soul) – “Mamacita”
Karol G and Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”
Maluma (featuring J Balvin) – “Qué Pena”

Best Rock

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Coldplay – “Orphans”
Evanescence – “Wasted on You”
Fall Out Boy (featuring Wyclef Jean) – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”
Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”
The Killers – “Caution”

Best Alternative

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”
The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

Best Music Video from Home

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”
Blink-182 – “Happy Days”
Drake – “Toosie Slide”
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
John Legend – “Bigger Love”
twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

Best Quarantine Performance

Chloe x Halle — “Do It” (from MTV Prom-Athon)
CNCO – “MTV Unplugged at Home”
DJ D-Nice – “Club MTV Presents: #DanceTogether”
Lady Gaga – “Smile” (from One World: Together At Home)
John Legend – #TogetherAtHome Concert Series
Post Malone – “Nirvana Tribute”

Video for Good

Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”
Billie Eilish – “all the good girls go to hell”
H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”
Taylor Swift – “The Man”

Best Direction

Doja Cat – “Say So” (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)
Billie Eilish – “xanny” (Director: Billie Eilish)
Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” (Director: Nabil)
Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Director: Dave Meyers)
Taylor Swift – “The Man” (Director: Taylor Swift)
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director: Anton Tammi)

Best Art Direction

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” (Art Directors: A$AP Rocky and Nadia Lee Cohen)
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (Art Director: Christian Stone)
Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” (Art Director: Tatiana Van Sauter)
Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Art Director: Anna Colomé Nogu)
Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Art Director: Laura Ellis Cricks)
Taylor Swift – “Lover” (Art Director: Kurt Gefke)

Best Choreography

BTS – “On” (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk)
CNCO and Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” (Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami)
DaBaby – “BOP” (Choreographers: DaniLeigh and Cherry)
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Choreographer: Richy Jackson)
Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Choreographer: Charm La’Donna)
Normani – “Motivation” (Choreographer: Sean Bankhead)

Best Cinematography

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” (Director of Photography: Kieran Fowler)
Camila Cabello (featuring DaBaby) – “My Oh My” (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)
Billie Eilish – “all the good girls go to hell” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Director of Photography: Michael Merriman)
Katy Perry – “Harleys in Hawaii” (Director of Photography: Arnau Valls)
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director of Photography: Oliver Millar)

Best Editing

James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” (Editor: Frank Lebon)
Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (Editors: Alexandre Moors and Nuno Xico)
Halsey – “Graveyard” (Editors: Emille Aubry, Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)
Lizzo – “Good as Hell” (Editors: Russell Santos and Sofia Kerpan)
Rosalía – “A Palé” (Editor: Andre Jones)
The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”(Editors: Janne Vartia and Tim Montana)

Best Visual Effects

Billie Eilish – “all the good girls go to hell” (Visual Effects: Drive Studio)
Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)
Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Visual Effects: EIGHTY4)
Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” (Visual Effects: Hoody FX)
Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)
Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Visual Effects: Mathematic)

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Are there any new categories at the 2020 VMAs?

For the 2020 VMAs, two new categories emerged thanks to COVID-19: Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home.

Were any artists snubbed for 2020 MTV Video Music Award nominations?

Dua LipaHarry Styles and Selena Gomez were considered by some to have been snubbed in terms of MTV Video Music Award nominations. Despite generating massive hits with their respective 2019 and 2020 albums, they were each only nominated in technical categories.

The 2020 VMAs performances include BTS!

BTS will perform their new English-language single “Dynamite” at the 2020 VMAs, making it their first time ever taking the stage for the awards show. J Balvin and Doja Cat will also perform at the big night. Other performers will be announced as the air date approaches.

Are the VMAs fan-voted?

In part, yes! You can vote for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Push Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Hip Hop, Best R&B, Best K-Pop, Best Latin, Best Rock, Best Alternative, Best Video from Home, Best Video for Good and Best Quarantine Performance on and in the MTV app. You can vote in each category up to 10 times.

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