The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards saw celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Bella Hadid setting new fashion trends. The event marked a peculiar comeback to the red carpet during the ongoing pandemic and was filmed over several days at various locations in NYC and LA, adhering to social distancing guidelines. While Miley and Gaga were on green screens from LA, Bella appeared in Brooklyn. Originally planned to be hosted live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the show was switched to pre-recorded appearances due to changing plans. Miley stole the show in a stunning sheer off-the-shoulder dress, exposing her sculpted abs and fit legs, which she accessorized with matching gloves, Disco Hoop Earrings with brown diamonds, and a Pave bracelet from Loree Rodkin. Gaga’s voluminous silver dress paired with sky-high black platform boots and a clear helmet over her silver hair made her look like a chic extraterrestrial. The VMAs were held outdoors across all five NYC boroughs and LA.
Miley and Bella both opted for daring outfits that turned heads. Miley’s dress was adorned with small mirrors that glittered and revealed a lot of skin, while Bella also chose a risqué look.
Miley Cyrus was making a bold statement as she strutted down the red carpet, showcasing her edgy style. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s stunning silver-blue hair was specially colored for the event by Frederic Aspiras, who explained that the inspiration behind her look was the morning sky just before the sun comes out. Aspiras used products from the Joico Color Intensity collection to create the silver-blue shade, and then gradually added pinks and purples to represent Gaga’s journey over the years. To protect her hair from heat styling, he used products such as K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine & Protect Spray and Joico Dream Blowout Thermal Protection. To complete the look, he added a water ripple effect with the GHD Platinum+ Styler and finished with Joico KPAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Glossing Oil. Gaga went on to wear nine different outfits and returned to the red carpet in a more casual MTV T-shirt, while Bella Hadid opted for a sheer top paired with high-waisted black slacks and gold chain strap heels.
While on the moon, Lady Gaga put on a show-stopping performance, changing her outfit nine times during the two-hour event. She left the stage with five well-deserved moonpersons awards and appeared back on the red carpet wearing a more casual MTV T-shirt. From her stunning red carpet look to her acceptance speeches for Best Collaboration and Best Song, Gaga’s evolution was evident in each of her nine outfit changes.
Feeling envious? During the pre-recorded event, Bella was brought in via a green screen. Madison Beer stole the show with her stunning appearance in a black thigh-skimming dress that showcased her enviable figure. The 21-year-old singer confidently flaunted her ample cleavage in the plunging neckline and hugged every inch of her toned frame in the semi-sheer ensemble. She completed the look with a pair of matching open-toed heels and black gloves that extended up to her shoulders. Her luxurious blonde hair was perfectly flat-ironed as she confidently posed on the red carpet, leaving everyone mesmerized.
Enjoying themselves to the fullest: Doja Cat was absolutely stunning in a low-cut dress, while Madison Beer flaunted her gorgeous physique in a short black dress as they both arrived at the event.
A stunning display of fashion was on show at the red carpet event, with singers and actors alike showcasing their unique styles. One standout was a 21-year-old singer who flaunted her ample cleavage in a semi-sheer ensemble that hugged her toned figure. Among the other celebrities in attendance were Keke Palmer, Joey King, Bebe Rexha, and Sofia Carson. Joey wore a short green and red floral dress, accessorized with gold Chanel necklaces and hair clips, while Nicole Richie sported a ruched dress with a long train in matching green. Bebe Rexha stunned in a plunging black dress and a sky-high ponytail styled by Iggy Rosales for Dove Hair. Iggy stated that he wanted to complement Bebe’s modern and cool ensemble with an effortlessly cool, on-trend hairstyle, which he achieved using Dove hair products. While some stars teased their looks earlier in the evening, others blew photographers kisses and showed off their eye-catching manicures.
Flowers were in full bloom at the recent event as Joey King, known for her role in The Kissing Booth, donned a charming short dress adorned with green and red floral patterns. She paired it with several gold Chanel necklaces and matching hair clips to complete her look. Meanwhile, Nicole Richie stayed true to the green color scheme by wearing a ruched dress with an extended train.
With an all-black outfit choice, the highlight of her look was definitely her eye-catching manicure that she confidently showed off by blowing a kiss to the photographers. Ariana Grande, who is leading in nominations this year with nine, sported a short black leather dress with a silver zipper at the front that accentuated her long legs. Completing her bold and sexy look were her sky-high white heels and perfectly sleek pigtails with flipped ends that elegantly showcased her ombré blonde tresses. Excitement filled the air as the 27-year-old Grammy winner shared a series of shots on Instagram captioned with “Happy VMA day ::) so excited for you to see our first rain on me performance tonight!”
In an interview, the popular singer, 7 Rings, expressed her admiration for Lady Gaga, her collaborator on the hit song Rain On Me. She was thrilled to be sharing the stage with the “f*cking incredible” artist and felt honored to do so. Moreover, she praised MTV’s efforts in ensuring the safety and health of everyone involved in the event, which had to be relocated due to the pandemic. The duo will perform Rain On Me, their popular duet, at various outdoor locations across New York City.
The Video Music Awards, also known as VMA’s, have given Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande seven nominations, including Song of the Year and Video of the Year for their collaboration on “Rain On Me.” The song has also been nominated for Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Choreography. In addition to these nominations, Grande has also been nominated for two more VMAs for her quarantine-themed collaboration with Justin Bieber, “Stuck With U.” These nominations include Best Collaboration and a new category for music videos made at home during the pandemic. Grande is set to perform at the event, which will be her fifth performance at the VMA’s and her first since 2018.
Doja Cat turned heads with her eye-catching ensemble featuring a low-cut red dress embellished with bright red fringe and delicate floral accents, accentuating her ample curves.
She looked absolutely gorgeous in the dress that exposed her toned body, complimented by her stunning long braided ponytail extension.
The Weeknd arrived at the awards ceremony sporting a striking scarlet blazer paired with black pants, shirt, and black-and-white loafers. His latest performances and music videos have featured a look that makes him appear as though he was mugged on his way to the event. Joining him, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Maluma, BTS, CNCO, Roddy Ricch, and Lady Gaga will also be performing at the ceremony. Due to current circumstances, the event will not have a live audience, making it a unique experience. Doja Cat put on an eye-catching display in a red dress with floral decorations and red fringe detailing. The backless dress highlighted her slim figure, and she flaunted her long braided ponytail extension.
The lovely Keke Palmer showcased her stunning curves in a chic, gray-colored dress that featured a daringly high slit up her thigh and a plunging neckline.
Stunning: The actress from Hustlers sported a chic updo and accessorized with a bejeweled choker adorning her neck.
Shaking things up a bit: The event’s emcee, Keke Palmer, rocked two bold and daring outfits on Sunday night. First, she showed off her stunning figure in a tight gray dress with a daringly high thigh slit and a deep V-neckline. Her hair was elegantly styled in an updo, and she accessorized with a sparkling choker. Later on, she switched it up and donned a colorful shirt paired with black pants and tan boots. To complete the look, she added a faux soul patch for an extra edge.
No drama: Jaden Smith, the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, rocked a trendy pastel blazer with a funky graphic tee and distressed jeans. Meanwhile, Travis Barker from Blink-182 kept it laid-back in a cool white graphic tee, red plaid pants, and black sneakers.
Machine Gun Kelly made a bold fashion statement by donning a pink tank top and matching trousers, while casually carrying a pink blazer over his shoulder. On the other hand, Maluma opted for a more classic look with a black double-breasted tuxedo featuring gold designs on the pants. Jaden Smith added some color to his outfit by pairing a pastel blazer with a graphic T-shirt and distressed jeans. Meanwhile, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker kept it casual in a white T-shirt and red plaid pants paired with black sneakers.
The red carpet was graced by some of the biggest rap stars in the industry. Da Baby, known for his buff physique, flaunted his muscle gains by opting to go shirtless under a stylish black Supreme jacket and white Louis Vuitton pants. Meanwhile, the Black Eyed Peas trio composed of apl.de.ap, will.i.am, and Taboo, all opted for denim outfits to showcase their unique fashion sense. Apl.de.ap turned heads in his denim jacket adorned with painted ribs, while will.i.am looked cool in his denim jacket layered over a white hoodie. Taboo, on the other hand, showcased his tattooed arms by wearing a black denim vest.
The lovely Sofia Carson looked stunning in a gorgeous red dress with a ruched top that draped over one shoulder. The flowy pleated skirt reached down to the ground, while her waist was cinched with soft, billowy fabric. To complete her elegant look, makeup artist Karan Mitchell used Revlon products to create a stunning makeup look for the actress and singer. Starting with the Revlon PhotoReady Prime Plus Perfecting & Smoothing Primer, Karan then used the Revlon ColorStay Looks Book Eyeshadow Palette in Enigma to bring out the green in Sofia’s eyes. The look was topped off with a swipe of Revlon x Sofia Carson Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes in Untold Stories and finished with Super Lustrous The Gloss in Snow Pink.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the VMAs had to make changes to their original plans to hold the event at Barclays. Instead, they opted for outdoor performances around the city with limited or no audience to ensure safety for all involved. The decision was made in consultation with state and local health officials, and MTV plans to return to Barclays Center in 2021 while continuing to prioritize safety measures.