MTV Video Music Awards 2020: all the nominees, TV times and voting procedure

MTV Video Music Awards 2020: all the nominees, TV times and voting procedure

It is time to forget about everything that has been happening in the country and globally and take a break because the annual MTV Video Music Awards are here. The plans that had been made earlier regarding the event were thwarted because of the pandemic. Read on to find out more details about the new arrangements on how the event will be held.

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Initially, the MTV Video Music Awards 2020 was set to be aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, the organisers of the event were forced to change the plans because of the pandemic. In line with the COVID-19 rules, a couple of the performances will be held outdoors with limited or no audience.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards

This year's event is going to held in a different way. These details will equip you on how and when to catch the show.

2020 MTV Video Music Awards TV times

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Where can I watch the MTV Video Music Awards? This year's MTV Video Music Awards will take place on 30th August 2020 although South Africans will catch a glimpse of the events in the wee hours of Monday morning. The live show will kick off at 01h00, and it will start by a pre-show that will be hosted by Jamila Mustafa and Nessa. The main show will begin at 02h00 up until 04h00 CAT, and it will be hosted by the self-proclaimed millennial diva, Keke Palmer, and the two will air on MTV Base and MTV.

The pre-show will air in primetime at 18:00, and the main show will air between 19:00 to 21:00 on MTV only.

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MTV Video Music Awards nominees

There are twenty-four different categories for the awards. In each category, one winner will be crowned. The winner will be determined by the number of votes cast in their favour.

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Song of the Year

In this category, six candidates will be contesting for the title. These are the candidates that were nominated for the Song of the Year category:

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

Best Collaboration

The Best Collaboration category has six contestants, and they include:

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

Video of the Year

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The Video of the Year category has six contestants, and they include:

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

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Best Hip Hop

The Best Hip Hop category has six candidates, and they include:

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

Best R&B

The Best R&B category has six contestants:

  • The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
  • Chloe x Halle - Do It
  • Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
  • Khalid (featuring Summer Walker) - Eleven
  • Alicia Keys - Underdog
  • H.E.R. (featuring YG) - Slide
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Best Latin

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The contestants for the Best Latin category include:

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

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Best Pop

The candidates for the Best Pop category include:

  • Taylor Swift - Lover
  • Justin Bieber (featuring Quavo) - Intentions
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande - Rain on Me
  • Halsey - You Should Be Sad
  • BTS - On

Best K-Pop

The Best K-Pop category has six contestants:

  • BTS - On
  • TXT - 9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)
  • Exo - Obsession
  • Red Velvet - Psycho
  • (G)I-dle - Oh My God
  • Monsta X - Someone's Someone
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Best Rock

MTV Video Music Awards 2020: all the nominees, TV times and voting procedure

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The six contestants of the Best Rock category include:

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

Song of Summer

The Song of Summer category has the highest number of contestants, and they include:

  • The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
  • Blackpink - How You Like That
  • Taylor Swift - Cardigan
  • Cardi B (featuring Megan Thee Stallion) - WAP
  • Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
  • Miley Cyrus - Midnight Sky
  • Saweetie - Tap In
  • Pop Smoke (featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Rich) - The Woo
  • Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
  • Lil Baby (featuring 42 Dugg) - We Paid
  • DJ Khaled (featuring Drake) - Popstar
  • DaBaby (featuring Roddy Rich) - Rockstar
  • Doja Cat - Say So
  • Jack Harlow - Whats Poppin
  • Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Beyoncé) - Savage (Remix)
  • Saint Jhn - Roses
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Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers

The contestants in this category include:

  • Jason Tik Tok Doc Campbell
  • Dr. Nate Wood - Lean on Me
  • Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson - Imagine
  • Lori Marie Key - Amazing Grace
  • Jefferson University Hospital's Swab Squad - Level Up

Best Alternative

The nominees in this category include:

  • The 1975 - If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)
  • Twenty one pilots - Level of Concern
  • FINNEAS - Let's Fall in Love for the Night
  • All Time Low - Some Kind of Disaster
  • Machine Gun Kelly - Bloody Valentine
  • Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time

Video for Good

The nominees in this category include:

  • Billie Eilish - All the Good Girls Go to Hell
  • Taylor Swift - The Man
  • Anderson Paak - Lockdown
  • H.E.R. - I Can't Breathe
  • Demi Lovato - I Love Me
  • Lil Baby - The Bigger Picture
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Best Music Video from Home

The nominees for the Best Music Video from Home category include:

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

Best Quarantine Performance

The nominees for the Best Quarantine Performance category include:

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

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Best Direction

These are the nominees in this category:

  • Doja Cat - Say So (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)
  • The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (Director: Anton Tammi)
  • Billie Eilish - Xanny (Director: Billie Eilish)
  • Taylor Swift - The Man (Director: Taylor Swift)
  • Harry Styles - Adore You (Director: Dave Meyers)
  • Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now (Director: Nabil)
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Best Art Direction

In the Best Art Direction category, the nominees are:

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

Best Editing

For this category, the nominees are:

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

In the Best Cinematography category, the nominees are:

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - Old Me (Director of Photography: Kieran Fowler)
  • The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (Director of Photography: Oliver Millar)
  • Camila Cabello (featuring DaBaby) - My Oh My (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)
  • Katy Perry - Harleys in Hawaii (Director of Photography: Arnau Valls)
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande - Rain on Me (Director of Photography: Michael Merriman)
  • Billie Eilish - All the Good Girls Go to Hell (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)

Best Choreography

The nominees for the Best Choreography are:

  • Normani - Motivation (Choreographer: Sean Bankhead)
  • BTS - On (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk)
  • Dua Lipa - Physical (Choreographer: Charm La'Donna)
  • CNCO and Natti Natasha - Honey Boo (Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami)
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande - Rain on Me (Choreographer: Richy Jackson)
  • DaBaby - Bop (Choreographers: DaniLeigh and Cherry)
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Best Visual Effects

The nominees for the Best Visual Effects category are:

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

Artist of the Year

The artists who will be competing for this category include:

  • Justin Bieber
  • The Weeknd
  • DaBaby
  • Post Malone
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Lady Gaga

Best Group

In the Best Group category, the contestants include:

  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Blackpink
  • BTS
  • Chloe x Halle
  • CNCO
  • Little Mix
  • Monsta X
  • Now United
  • The 1975
  • Twenty One Pilots

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Push Best New Artist

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In the Push Best New Artist category, the nominees are:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Doja Cat
  • Yungblud

MTV Video Music Awards voting procedure

Voting fr most of the categories has been closed down. Currently, the only category that is open for voting is the Song of Summer category. If you wish to vote in this category, you can do so on the MTV Instagram stories.

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Lady Gaga is one of the artists that will perform in the gracious occasion. This year marks seven years ever since she had the opportunity to perform at the event. Other artists who will be performing include DaBaby, Ariana Grande, Chloe X Halle, Jack Harlow, Doja Cat, to mention a few. The list of the performers is enough reason why you ought to tune in.

If you have been longing to support your favourite international artist, this is the opportunity to do so. You can still catch the progress of the MTV Music Video Awards.

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