Megan Thee Stallion Addresses Her Shooting In Raw New Freestyle

It’s been quite the summer for Megan Thee Stallion. While she’s suffered her share of horrible personal traumas, her star has also continued to rise, most recently through “WAP,” her 2020-defining collaboration with Cardi B.

And last night, at the 2020 VMAs, Meg took home the award for Best Hip Hop for her indelible track “Savage.” She popped a bottle of champagne in a short-but-sweet victory speech to celebrate. “We gon’ keep turning up,” she said as part of her acceptance.

It’s clear that Meg was feeling herself this weekend, and not just because of her VMA win — her second, after nabbing Best Power Anthem last year, where she also performed “Hot Girl Summer” during the pre-show. Earlier on Sunday (August 30), Meg posted a new freestyle to Instagram where she directly addresses being shot earlier this summer in an incident that led to the arrest of fellow rapper Tory Lanez.

“Tic-tac-toe, I X this bitch / If a hit dog holler, I address that shit,” she raps to begin her freestyle, later mentioning the shooting specifically: “Got shot two times and I ate that shit / Bounced right back with a Revlon deal.”

The beat came courtesy of producer Lil Ju Made Da Beat, a.k.a. Max Julian, who Meg’s worked with before on a handful of songs that have helped define her: “Big Ole Freak,” “Cash $hit,” and “Captain Hook.” “Going through beats and I just had to do a Lil quick freestyle,” she wrote in the caption. “@liljumadedabeat send me another pack.”

Meg was nominated for the three awards and won one last night at the 2020 VMAs. Find out all the night’s winners right here.

Black Eyed Peas Lit Up The Stage (And Their Crotches) At The VMAs

By Lauren Rearick

Before closing the book on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, the Black Eyed Peas made their VMAs live performance debut, sharing a classic and a new single with viewers.

Taking the stage with “glowing crotches,” the Black Eyed Peas performed their new single, “Ritmo” along with a special performance of the always classic, “I Gotta Feeling.” For those that don’t remember, “I Gotta Feeling” was a true staple of 2009, appearing at middle school dances everywhere, and atop the Billboard charts.

Ahead of their VMAs appearance, BEP had teased fans on social media with a promise for “something awesome.” The group had also talked of their anticipation for performing in a pre-show interview with MTV, pledging to bring joy and energy to the stage.

Based on the social media reaction of fans, Black Eyed Peas certainly made good on their promise. Throwing it back to their chosen performance song, one fan said they “gotta feeling” that “tonight was the best night ever,” while another applauded the performance and the evening’s host.

Although this was their first VMAs performance, the group has secured multiple nominations, including in this year’s ceremony. Along with a nomination for Best Collaboration for their single “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” with J. Balvin, the group, along with Ozuna & J. Rey Soul were nominated in the Best Latin category for their track, “Mamacita.”

While the group didn’t add any personal moon people to their collection this year, they have secured multiple VMA wins for choreography in the past, and tonight, they made the nostalgic dreams of some come true.

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

Lady Gaga Wins First-Ever MTV Tricon Award And Knows ‘A Renaissance Is Coming’

Lady Gaga: singer/actress, fashion icon, and activist. And now, fittingly, she’s also the first recipient of the MTV Tricon Award, an honor that spans everything Gaga is and does.

“You can’t just call her a triple threat,” Bella Hadid said to introduce Gaga as this year’s award winner. “She turns pop music into high art. She redefines fashion,” Hadid continued, calling Gaga “a powerhouse” actor and someone who “inspires and empowers all of us” with her activism. When she took the stage in one of her latest visionary 2020 VMAs looks (including a mask, of course), Gaga said she was eager to share the prize.

“I want to share this award with everybody at home tonight, everybody at home who is their own form of a Tricon,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I want you to know that you can do this too. Just because we’re separated right now and culture may feel less alive in some ways, I know a renaissance is coming, and the wrath of pop culture will inspire you, and the rage of art will empower you as it responds to hardship with its generosity and love.”

The rest of her remarks touched on her path here, on this night, when she ended up taking home four Moon Person awards — including Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Artist of the Year, and Best Cinematography — and where she also debuted her powerhouse cut “Rain on Me” with a dazzling performance alongside Ariana Grande.

“I want you to know I failed over and over again as an actress and as a musician when I was young, and though I gave back to the local community through service as a young woman in New York, philanthropy became a much bigger part of my life as a star,” she said, shouting out the Born This Way Foundation, which she started with her mother.

“I wish for you to think of three things that define who you are and take a moment to reward yourself for your bravery,” Gaga continued. “This has not been an easy year for a lot of people. But what I see in the world is a massive triumph of courage. I also hope that people at home that have big dreams, I hope they see me here today accepting this award and know how grateful I am.”

It’s those qualities that have made Gaga an indelible presence in the cultural sphere for over a decade. Her debut album, The Fame, dropped in 2008, but it was the following year that she seemed to reach out and remake the pop realm in her own image and likeness, thanks to visionary videos like “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” and the choreography that each entailed.

This year’s Chromatica — which she showed off in a transportive nine-minute medley earlier in the show — brought her back to the pop-music space, though she’d spent the back half of the 2010s as an actress. She first popped up on American Horror Story in a Golden Globe-winning performance, then moved into film, starring alongside Bradley Cooper in his Oscar-winning directorial debut, A Star Is Born.

A decade ago, Gaga had quite a night at the 2010 VMAs, walking away with eight awards and turning heads in her world-famous meat dress, which quickly become a fashion highlight.

Now, though, Gaga’s wishes are simple: “I want nothing more than to be your artist in 2020.”

Oh, and please, wear a fucking mask, OK? “It’s a sign of respect,” she said. You heard the Tricon.

The 2020 VMAsh have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find the complete winners list here and everything else you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

Keke Palmer And CNCO Are The VMA Doubleheader We Needed

By Harron Walker

Two major musical acts made their VMA debuts back-to-back at the 2020 Video Music Awards, and we don’t know which one to rave about first! First up, we had Keke Palmer pausing on her hosting duties to whip out a snippet of her new summer jam, “Snack,” followed by Latin American boy band CNCO giving us their extremely playlist-friendly track, “Beso.” Where to begin? Well, since Keke held down the whole shebang, let’s start with her.

Clad in a neon yellow zip-up leotard that stretched all the way to her Day-Glo manicured fingers, which she paired with a lime Jell-O see-through visor, Palmer kicked off the doubleheader with her feel-good, feeling yourself anthem, “Snack,” off of her new EP, Virgo Tendencies, Pt. 1. From the high-energy choreography to the lyrics promoting self-love — not to mention the 2020 VMA host’s all-around stellar performance — it would be pretty hard to keep a smile from creeping across your face as you watch the Hustlers star do her thing from home.

Then, as Keke closed out her set, the five deeply crushable dudes of CNCO — that’s Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez, Zabdiel De Jesús, Richard Camacho, and Joel Pimentel — emerged from the fancy cars surrounding Palmer’s mini-stage. Crooning us with their latest fire-breathing single, the group nearly swept us off our feet with their killer vocals and incredible dance moves, including some totally unexpected, high-flying acrobatics performed atop a sedan.

Like I already said, tonight marked both Keke and CNCO’s first turns on the VMAs stage. Here’s hoping there are many more performances in their respective futures!

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

Doja Cat Went From Viral Superstar To PUSH Best New Artist

By Lauren Rearick

2020 is officially the year of Doja Cat. The performer, who also made her VMAs debut tonight with a performance of TikTok’s favorite singles, was crowned the PUSH Best New Artist winner.

Accepting her award with a lengthy list of personal appreciation shout outs, Doja Cat also paid tribute to her fans, remarking that their “support meant everything to me.” Joking about her refusal to cry, the singer also asked for fans to stay safe, acknowledging that “it’s been a really hard year.” Before leaving the virtual stage, she gave one last important thank you to her mom.

Prior to winning Best New Artist, Doja Cat performed a medley of “Say So” and “Like That,” two singles which have catapulted to popularity on TikTok. Although the performer has gained a much larger following this year, and released more new tunes, including a collaborative single with City Girls, she first gained viral attention back in 2018, releasing “Mooo!”

Along with her win for Best New Artist, Doja Cat was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Direction. Although she didn’t secure a win in either category, her VMAs debut was certainly one to remember, as she transformed the stage into an otherworldly dimension.

Seventeen artists were nominated in total for Best New Artist, including AJ Mitchell, Arizona Zervas, Ava Max, BENEE, BROCKHAMPTON, Conan Gray, Doja Cat, FINNEAS, Jack Harlow, Kiana Ledé, Lewis Capaldi, Lil Tecca, Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Tate McRae, and YUNGBLUD. The list was then narrowed down, and prior to Sunday’s ceremony, only Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi, and YUNGBLUD were left as potential winners.

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

The Weeknd Calls For Justice With His Video Of The Year Speech

In late 2019, The Weeknd pulled a star move by playing himself (though the 2012 version of himself) in Josh and Benny Safdie’s film Uncut Gems. A key scene involves Adam Sandler’s hard-luck character taking a swing at the pop star, though things get broken up before they escalate too wildly. Around that same time, The Weeknd released his vision for indefatigable new single “Blinding Lights,” which chronicled him on a death-wish bender through Los Angeles; he ends up bloody, beaten, and flashing the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. It felt like a sign.

Now, that omen has been made clear: “Blinding Lights” just won Video of the Year at the 2020 VMAs. And The Weeknd, who also opened the show with a stratospherically dizzying rendition of the song from 1,100 feet about Manhattan, accepted the award with makeup that made it look like he’d actually been hit in the face.

But his brief acceptance speech was not about that kind of spectacle or even his music. Instead, Abel Tesfaye offered brief thank yous to the people involved in making the video (including director Anton Tammi), then dedicated the bulk of his platform to two simple calls to action: “Justice for Jacob Blake. Justice for Breonna Taylor.”

The pop superstar’s win acted as a fitting bookend to the evening, which began with his performance. But even as he picked up his first award of the night earlier, for Best R&B, The Weeknd made sure to amplify his same message: “Justice for Jacob Blake. Justice for Breonna Taylor.”

The Weeknd’s entire After Hours era has found him rocking a red suit, which has become his latest trademark, and dancing with abandon, often in the middle of the street as the world spirals around him. For his part, the artist is actually quite meticulous, crafting the After Hours album with high-energy pop bravado, R&B flourishes, and the kind of joie de vivre only the gorgeously icy synth-pop of a track like “Blinding Lights” can provide.

But as his two calls to action tonight demonstrated, in his words, “It’s hard to celebrate.”

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old, was shot multiple times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23 in what protestors and activists are calling a clear case of excessive violent force. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his wounds. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old, was shot to death in her bed by police who had entered her apartment on a so-called “no-knock” warrant in March. Taylor’s death — along with the similar police killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and so many others — helped spark large-scale global demonstrations against racism, police brutality, violence, and systemic injustice earlier this year. Activists have protested in Blake’s honor, calling for justice, since his shooting.

In June, The Weeknd donated $500,000 to three racial-justice nonprofits and voiced support for Black Lives Matter.

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several performances around New York City. Find all of MTV News’s coverage right here.

Lady Gaga, VMA Artist Of The Year, ‘Was On a Mission To Spread Joy Through Music’

Claws up, Little Monsters: Lady Gaga is going to need help holding all of these Moon People.

The 2020 VMAs have blasted off with a one-way ticket to Chromatica, leaving viewers soaking wet with not only the first live performance of Gaga and Ariana Grande’s joyful jam, “Rain on Me,” but Gaga performing a Chromatica medley featuring tracks from the album: “Chromatica II,” “911” and the album’s lead single, “Stupid Love.”

In addition to their instantly iconic live performance, Gaga and Grande’s collaboration also won the VMAs for Song of the Year and Best Collaboration, and Gaga snatched the Moon Person for Artist of the Year.

“This is so exciting, thank you so much,” she told the crowd, sporting one of her many masks throughout the evening. “Being an artist is the only thing I ever wanted to be in my whole life. I never wanted to be anything else.”

“Everyone always knew if they were hanging out with me that I was on a mission to spread joy through culture, through dance, through music. I’ve written music my whole life, and I feel so honored I get to do this every day,” she added.

This is Gaga’s 16th VMA in total, making her the annual awards show’s third most-decorated artist after Beyoncé and Madonna.

Gaga and Grande lead the nominations at this year’s VMAs with nine nominations each, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rain on Me.” From her legendary “Paparazzi” performance to her iconic meat dress, Gaga has always brought it to the VMAs, and this year’s socially distant version was no different.

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

Doja Cat Blasts Off To Planet Hot Pink In Debut VMA Performance

By Harron Walker

Doja Cat beamed down from some hot pink alien lady planet for her live performance of “Say So” and “Like That” at the 2020 Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and I, for one, welcome our new TikTokina overlordess. Give in to Doja Cat! All! Hail! Her!

Dressed (well, in a sense) in a barely-there pink champagne bodysuit featuring strategically placed light-up gem-encrusted accouterments — looking not unlike what I imagine Britney Spears’s sparkly, regular champagne-colored bodysuit from the 2000 VMAs’ final form would look like — the 21-year-old Los Angeles-born artist kicked off her 2020 VMAs set with “Say So,” a song about waiting for someone you’re hot for to finally make the first move.

“It’s about when you go somewhere and you see someone and they don’t approach you,” Doja said about “Say So” during an interview with MTV News earlier this year. “But you’re looking at each other and you both feel like there’s something there.”

Remember flirting with people IRL? I hate this pandemic so much!

Anyway, Doja — who was nominated for four awards at tonight’s VMA ceremony including Push Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Direction, and Song of the Summer — then switched into “Like That,” which, much like “Say So,” became the hit we know thanks to its viral status on TikTok. As a nod to her two Hot Pink tracks’ social media fame, Doja made sure to do the TikTok dance during one of the choruses in “Say So.”

“It’s really changed my life,” the musician said of her music’s incredible reach on TikTok during a recent interview with YouTube makeup artist James Charles. “I feel like my whole career has become based around it.”

Tonight’s performance of “Say So” and “Like That” mark Doja Cat’s debut performance on the VMA stage. Here’s to many more!

The 2020 VMAsh have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.

BTS Wins Best Pop VMA, Proving There’s Literally Nothing They Can’t Do

By Lauren Rearick

The record-breaking accolades for February’s Map of the Soul: 7, the newest studio album from BTS, continue. Tonight, the boys of BTS won the VMA for Best Pop, earning a moon person for Map single, “On.”

The septuplet beat out other nominees in the Best Pop category including Halsey, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber and Quavo, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift.

Of course, the win wasn’t lost on members of ARMY, the always supportive BTS fanbase. Many took to social media, sharing messages of support, and a lot of emotions. “BTS WON BEST POP IM CRYING,” one fan tweeted. While another Twitter user noted that yep, the boys are in fact sweeping tonight’s awards.

It has been a pretty busy night for the Bangtan Boys, as they started off the show with a win for Best Group, and a win for “On” in the Best K-pop category. Along with securing multiple wins tonight, BTS made their official VMA performance debut, donning suits as they danced through their newest single, “Dynamite.” BTS had discussed the meaningful message behind the song, their first sung entirely in English, in a pre-VMAs interview with MTV. “It’s a really fun disco-pop track about doing what we can do, even when things don’t work out as planned,” RM said.

As for BTS, everything is definitely working out as planned, at least when it comes to the VMAs. The award show has become somewhat of a major event for the K-pop stars, as last year, they made MTV VMA history, winning the first ever Best K-pop award for “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey.

It might be a little early to start thinking about next year’s ceremony, but with BTS seemingly always working on new material, here’s hoping the record-breakers return to the VMAs again next year.

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several performances around New York City. Find all of MTV News’s coverage right here.

Maluma’s “Hawái” Brings Tropical Vibes To A Socially Distant Drive-In

Hope you’re buckled up because Maluma is taking the 2020 Video Music Awards to the drive-in.

In an interview with MTV leading up to the VMAs, the Colombian heartthrob teased his upcoming performance as being “electric” and “vintage”—and he stayed true to his word with the live debut of his song, “Hawái,” at a drive-in overlooking the New York City skyline.

Surrounded by glittery purple palm trees and swimsuit-clad dancers, Maluma, sporting a sunny yellow suit, brought the tropical vibes of “Hawái” to the big city. Performing on a drive-in stage bathed in purple lights, as fans watched from their cars, the “Chantaje” singer made his way down and danced his way through the cars to a stage in the middle of the parking lot, ending his performance with a fireworks display that lit up the sky over New York’s East River.

But that wasn’t the only airtime Maluma got during the awards show. Immediately following his purple performance, the VMAs took it back to the drive-in to present Maluma with the moon person for Best Latin Video for 2019’s “Qué Pena.”

“I can’t believe this. It’s beautiful,” he told the crowd while clutching his award. “Thank you to all my fans for their love and affection you show me every day. Especially to my mom and dad and little sister who are watching from home. Everything I do, I do for them.”

Maluma was previously nominated three times before at the VMAs. This was his first win.

The 2020 VMAs have kicked off across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, as well as with several outdoor performances around New York City. Find everything you need to know at vma.mtv.com.