The MTV VMAs Revealed Two New Quarantine-Era Award Categories
But, the ceremony will take place in-person next month.
The MTV Music Video Awards are always trying to shake things up to set themselves apart from the pack. In 2017, the VMAs made their nomination categories completely gender-neutral. This year, the MTV VMAs have added two quarantine-era categories to the mix—and, ironically—plan to have a live stage show during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Added to the ranks of categories like Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Rock, and Best New Artist will be Best Music Video From Home and Best Quarantine Performance.
These two new categories are meant to acknowledge the talent artists put forth during at-home concerts and TV specials as well as in creating entertaining music videos with limited resources.
Nominees in the MTV VMAs Best Music Video From Home category are:
- 5 Seconds of Summer: "Wildflower"
- Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber: "Stuck With U"
- Blink-182: "Happy Days"
- Drake: "Toosie Slide"
- John Legend: "Bigger Love"
- Twenty One Pilots: "Level of Concern"
Nominees in the MTV VMAs Best Quarantine Performance category are:
- Chloe x Halle: "Do It (from MTV Prom-Athon)"
- CNCO: MTV 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
So, essentially, the first awards show to recognize quarantine-era talent—music and performances created while practicing social distancing and self-isolation—is also the first awards show to attempt to bring nominees to a live show to accept their awards and perform.
According to MTV, the 2020 VMAs will air live at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 30th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, “as well as from various iconic locations throughout New York City's five boroughs,” most likely to keep crowds to a minimum at a single location.
Per Pitchfork, the VMAs will have to comply with the COVID-19 social distancing regulations for large events, meaning the show will take place in front of “limited or no audience.” Therefore, the live show will most likely only host the actual nominees in person—that is, if they choose to attend.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have nine nominations each (both make appearances in the new VMA quarantine categories), and Billie Eilish and The Weeknd each have six noms. All four powerhouses face off in the Video of the Year category alongside Future ft. Drake, Eminem ft. Juice WRLD, and Taylor Swift, who racked up five nominations, herself.
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