Lady Gaga Wore Elaborate Masks to the MTV VMAs 2020, and the Internet Lived for It

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Here are some reactions online to Gaga’s incredible masks: 

All the awards Gaga won at the MTV VMAs 2020 were for her and Ariana Grande’s song, “Rain on Me,” which is all about dancing through your pain. The two singers are now dear friends, but Gaga admits she was hesitant about befriending Grande after they recorded the song. 

“[Grande] was so persistent,” Gaga told Zane Lowe of Apple Beats 1. “She would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful. Eventually she called me on my shit. She was, like ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was like, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’ And then this friendship blossomed.”

“One time….. i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did…who cried as much as I did, drank as much wine as I did, ate as much pasta as I did, and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me,” Grande tweeted about her collaboration with Gaga back in May. “She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica, and together we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love you @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman!”

MTV VMAs 2020: Watch Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Jaw-Dropping Performance of ‘Rain on Me’

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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s 2020 VMAs performance was, unsurprisingly, incredible. The two pop queens joined forces to sing their hit “Rain on Me” for the first time, and it was everything fans hoped for and more. We got costumes! We got choreography! We got perfectly blended, harmonized vocals! There was a lot of anticipation going into this performance, as it was Gaga’s first from her Chromatica era as well as her return to the VMAs stage after seven years. She did not disappoint. 

Fresh off their Song of the Year win, Gaga and Grande absolutely left it all on the stage. And yes, they BOTH wore masks. Oh, and they didn’t just perform “Rain on Me”—Gaga started off with “Chromatica II” right into “911,” before Grande joined for “Rain on Me.” Finally, Gaga hit us with a quick change and sang the hell out of “Stupid Love” at the piano. 

We know you just want to watch, so go ahead and check it out, below, and then we can discuss it. 

Here’s how those on the Internet who survived the performance reacted:

“Rain on Me” is one of  2020’s undisputed songs of the summer. It reached number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and enjoyed high chart placement for several weeks. The accompanied album, Chromatica, also went to number one and is one of Gaga’s most critically-revered works. 

While doing press for the album, Gaga opened up about how she was originally apprehensive to be friends with Grande after they finished “Rain on Me.” “She was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me,” Gaga told Zane Lowe for Apple Beats 1. “And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful.”

“Eventually she called me on my shit. She was, like ‘You’re hiding,’” Gaga continued. “And I was like, ‘I am hiding. I’m totally hiding.’ And then this friendship blossomed.”

The song “Rain on Me” is all about dancing through your pain. “One time I felt like I was crying so much it would never stop. Instead of fighting it, I thought bring it on, I can do hard things,” Lady Gaga tweeted upon the song’s release. “@arianagrande I love you for your strength and friendship. Let’s show them what we’ve got.”

The MTV VMAs 2020 were half-outside and half-virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Artists, including The Weeknd and Miley Cyrus, performed in several locations around New York City. 

Lady Gaga Debuted Gray Hair at the MTV VMAs 2020

The MTV VMAs 2020 are here, and while things certainly look different from award shows in the past—there’s no traditional red carpet for one, and the show is happening across New York’s five boroughs—at least there’s one thing we can count on: Lady Gaga making headlines for her look. 

The singer, who is performing at the show for the first time in seven years tonight, knows how to make an entrance, even in the midst of a pandemic. Riffing off of both the show’s Moon Man trophies and the fact that face coverings are the must-have accessory du jour, Gaga showed up in a full-on spacesuit-inspired getup, complete with a clear helmet. “I was wearing face shields before it was a thing,” she even joked on Instagram

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Yes, the look—and the technicolor one she wore to accept her award for Best Collab with Ariana Grande—is instantly iconic, but the real scene stealer here is Gaga’s hair. The long silvery-gray makes her look like a fashion witch from space, and we’re very into it. Gaga has rocked a plethora of hair colors. In addition to her signature platinum, she most recently had a pastel pink and a pretty “ocean blonde,” but grey isn’t a look we’ve seen from Mother Monster in nearly 10 years.

Gaga’s hairstylist, Frederic Aspiras, shared the inspiration for the look on Instagram. While he didn’t clarify if it’s a wig—our guess is extensions are involved—he did shout out that he used Joico and GHD to style her hair.  

He wrote: “Love is the inspiration. Bringing all the elements of earth, wind and fire. Lady Gaga’s journey thru the years have inspired me to create hairstyles and color combinations that encapsulates this journey. She is tough, brave, a musical genius, a visionary and overall kind human being that believes in love and kindness in the world.”

Now that’s some energy we could all use for the rest of 2020. 

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

Lady Gaga Matched Her Mermaid Gray Hair to Her Dress at the MTV VMAs

The MTV VMAs 2020 are here, and while things certainly look different from award shows in the past—there’s no traditional red carpet for one, and the show is happening across New York’s five boroughs—at least there’s one thing we can count on: Lady Gaga making headlines for her look. 

The singer, who is performing at the show for the first time in seven years tonight, knows how to make an entrance, even in the midst of a pandemic. Riffing off of both the show’s Moon Man trophies and the fact that face coverings are the must-have accessory du jour, Gaga showed up in a full-on spacesuit-inspired getup, complete with a clear helmet. “I was wearing face shields before it was a thing,” she even joked on Instagram

Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020

Yes, the look—and the technicolor one she wore to accept her award for Best Collab with Ariana Grande—is instantly iconic, but the real scene stealer here is Gaga’s hair. The long silvery-gray makes her look like a fashion witch from space, and we’re very into it. Gaga has rocked a plethora of hair colors. In addition to her signature platinum, she most recently had a pastel pink and a pretty “ocean blonde,” but grey isn’t a look we’ve seen from Mother Monster in nearly 10 years.

Gaga’s hairstylist, Frederic Aspiras, shared the inspiration for the look on Instagram. While he didn’t clarify if it’s a wig—our guess is extensions are involved—he did shout out that he used Joico and GHD to style her hair.  

He wrote: “Love is the inspiration. Bringing all the elements of earth, wind and fire. Lady Gaga’s journey thru the years have inspired me to create hairstyles and color combinations that encapsulates this journey. She is tough, brave, a musical genius, a visionary and overall kind human being that believes in love and kindness in the world.”

Now that’s some energy we could all use for the rest of 2020. 

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

MTV VMAs 2020: BTS’s Performance Broke the Internet

A BTS performance always gets social media talking, which means a BTS VMAs performance has the potential to break the internet. And that it did at the MTV Video Music Awards 2020. The wildly popular K-pop band performed their hit song “Dynamite” at this year’s VMAs, and yup, Twitter went into frenzy as a result. Watch just 30 seconds of the performance, and you’ll see why. 

Honestly, though, you should check out the whole thing. I mean, they already won this year’s VMAs for best group and best K-pop for a reason. Watch the video, below, and then we can keep chatting. 

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Here’s what the Army had to say.

BTS is just one of several artists who performed at the MTV VMAs 2020. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Miley Cyrus (among others) all sang during the show, which took place virtually and at outside locations in New York City because of the coronavirus. (Fingers crossed that next year we’ll just have a normal, wild VMAs!) 

BTS comprises seven members (Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jungkook) and has sold over 20 million albums globally. “Dynamite” is proving to be quite the international hit too, reaching numbers seven and six on the Japanese and South Korean charts, as well as cracking American top-40 radio. The band has released eight albums in total; their latest, Map of the Soul: 7, reached number one in over 20 countries. 

“When things were difficult and frustrating for us, this was a sort of ray of light, a sip of sweet water,” RM told online newsletter NME about the new song, “Dynamite.” “We call this our own recharge project, and we hope that it will be able to recharge your own batteries, even if it’s only for a moment.”

In a collective statement to NME, BTS said of the song, “We didn’t intend to choose disco for our digital single. We came across the song while working on our new album. When we first heard the demo, the upbeat sound and energy of the track instantly cheered us up. We wanted  ‘Dynamite’ to deliver a message of hope to our fans in these difficult times, so this disco-pop genre track felt like the perfect fit.”

MTV VMAs 2020: BTS’s Performance Is Breaking the Internet

A BTS performance always gets social media talking, which means a BTS VMAs performance has the potential to break the internet. And that it did at the MTV VMAs 2020. The wildly popular K-pop band performed their hit song “Dynamite” at this year’s VMAs, and, yup, Twitter went into frenzy as a result. Watch just 30 seconds of the performance, and you’ll see why. 

Honestly, though, you should check out the whole thing. I mean, they already won this year’s VMAs for Best Group and Best K-Pop for a reason. Watch in the video, below, and then we can keep chatting. 

Courtesy of MTV

Here’s what the ARMY had to say.

BTS is just one of several artists who’s performing at the MTV VMAs 2020. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Miley Cyrus (among others) are all singing during the show, which is taking place virtually and around outside locations in New York City because of the coronavirus. (Fingers crossed next year we’ll just have a normal, wild VMAs!) 

BTS is comprised of seven members (Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jungkook) and has sold over 20 million albums globally. “Dynamite” is proving to be quite the international hit, too, reaching number seven and six on the Japanese and South Korean charts, as well as cracking American top 40 radio. The band has released eight albums in total; their latest, Map of the Soul: 7, reached number one in over 20 countries. 

“When things were difficult and frustrating for us, this was a sort of ray of light, a sip of sweet water,” RM told NME about the new song, “Dynamite.” “We call this our own recharge project and we hope that it will be able to recharge your own batteries, even if it’s only for a moment.”

In a collective statement to NME, BTS said of the song, “We didn’t intend to choose disco for our digital single. We came across the song while working on our new album. When we first heard the demo, the upbeat sound and energy of the track instantly cheered us up. We wanted  ‘Dynamite’ to deliver a message of hope to our fans in these difficult times, so this disco-pop genre track felt like the perfect fit.”

MTV VMAs 2020: All the Beauty Looks You Can’t Miss

Like most things this year, the MTV VMAs 2020 look a little different than usual. One thing that hasn’t changed? The incredible beauty looks. The VMAs traditionally bring the most fun, fabulous, and out-there beauty moments of all the award shows, and while there’s technically no red carpet this year (at least in the traditional sense), the stars who are presenting, performing, or accepting awards still brought some truly killer hair and makeup looks. 

From Keke Palmer’s chic ’90s updo to Joey King’s gilded hair clips, the VMAs 2020 carpet finally brought us something to smile about. And the best part? Most of them are pretty easy to replicate at home. We’ll be rounding up all the biggest moments here throughout the night, so check back for more, and get ready to stan.

Below, all the VMAs 2020 hair and makeup looks you need to see. (And for more information on the MTV VMAs 2020, click here.

MTV VMAs 2020: Miley Cyrus Recreated Her Iconic ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video During Her Performance

Miley Cyrus’s MTV VMAs 2020 performance this year was special for many reasons. First and foremost, it was the live debut of her new song “Midnight Sky,” a shimmery, disco-pop anthem about finding your strength and independence. Cyrus is one of the most talented singers in mainstream music, so it’s no shock that her performance at the MTV VMAs 2020 was spectacular. But she can tell you that better than I can—or should I say, show you. 

Check out a video of Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance for yourself, below. At the end, she jumped on top of a disco ball and swung on it, à la her “Wrecking Ball” video. 

Cyrus was just one of many A-list performers at the MTV VMAs 2020. She was joined by Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, BTS, and countless others. Her set made me love “Midnight Sky” even more—which I didn’t think was possible. 

Here’s what the internet had to say about Cyrus’s performance:

Recent interviews Cyrus has given offer insight into the song’s meaning. “You know, you asked me to kind of explain briefly what my song is about. And I think it’s my relationship with the stigma. That ‘forever,’ if it’s not successful or if you claimed something to be forever and you fail, then you’re a failure. And I just don’t think that. I think we’re kind of set up for devastation—in that, from the time we’re little kids, we’re taught to claim other humans as our best friends forever,” she told Sirius XM. “And you just don’t know who you’re going to be sitting with here right now. You never know who you’re going to evolve to be and who they’re going to evolve to be. So I think that we, especially as women in relationships, a lot of the time we can get villainized when ‘forever’ doesn’t happen. And I think that you’re just really setting yourself up to kind of be disappointed—and not from a bitter or resentful way, but from a realistic and logical standpoint, especially in modern society.” 

The MTV VMAs 2020 Kicked Off With a Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Just two nights after the world learned of the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the MTV VMAs 2020 kicked off the night with a touching tribute to the Black Panther star by host Keke Palmer.

“Before we get into the music tonight, we need to take the time to get into the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman,” Palmer said in a pre-recorded video right at the top of the awards show. “An actor who’s talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched and everyone he encountered. We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He’s a true hero, not just on-screen, but in everything he did. His impact lives forever.”

Of course, her words made people emotional. 

The actor—known for iconic roles like King T’Challa, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown—died on August 28 after a years-long battle with colon cancer. 

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” his team wrote in an Instagram post. “⁣Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” the post concluded. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

While the VMAs are dedicated to the life of this legend, ABC is currently airing Black Panther commercial-free, followed by a 40-minute tribute called Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King.

MTV VMAs 2020 Winners: See the Full List Here

Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – “My Oh My” – Syco Music / Epic Records – Cinematography by Dave Meyers

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” – Capitol Records – Cinematography by Arnau Valls

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records – Cinematography by Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” – Polo Grounds Music / RCA Records – Art direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Warner Records – Art direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Columbia Records – Art direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Art direction by Christian Stone

Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” – Interscope Records – Art direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Republic Records – Art direction by Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Darkroom / Interscope Records – Visual effects by Drive Studios

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” – Island Records – Visual effects by Hoody FX

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Warner Records – Visual effects by EIGHTY4

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Columbia Records – Visual effects by Mathematic

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Visual effects by Ingenuity Studios

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” – Epic Records / Cactus Jack – Visual effects by ArtJail, Scissor Films & Frender

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun

CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” – Sony Music Latin / RCA Records – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami

DaBaby – “Bop” – SCMG / Interscope Records – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Warner Records – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Choreography by Richy Jackson

Normani – “Motivation” – Keep Cool / RCA Records – Choreography by Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING

Halsey – “Graveyard” – Capitol Records – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” – Republic Records – Edited by Frank Lebon

Lizzo – “Good as Hell” – Atlantic Records – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico

ROSALÍA – “A Palé” – Columbia Records – Edited by Andre Jones

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Blackpink – “How You Like That”

Cardi B (featuring Megan Thee Stallion) – “WAP”

Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”

DaBaby (featuring Roddy Rich) – “Rockstar”

DJ Khaled (featuring Drake) – “Popstar”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”

Lil Baby (featuring 42 Dugg) – “We Paid”

Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Beyoncé) – “Savage (Remix)”

Pop Smoke (featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Rich) – “The Woo”

Saint Jhn – “Roses”

Saweetie – “Tap In”

Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

EVERYDAY HEROES: FRONTLINE MEDICAL WORKERS

Jason “Tik Tok Doc” Campbell

Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – “Imagine”

Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – “Level Up”

Lori Marie Key – “Amazing Grace”

Dr. Nate Wood – “Lean on Me”

Congrats to all these artists for joining the ranks of MTV VMAs award winners.