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VMAs 2020: COVID and Lady Gaga loom large

Lady Gaga, photographed on screen, accepts an award at the 2020 VMAs.
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At MTV’s 35th VMAs, the Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande duet “Rain on Me” won song of the year and best collaboration, while Gaga also took home the prize for artist of the year. The Weeknd nabbed the night’s biggest award, video of the year, for “Blinding Lights,” and best direction went to first-time director Taylor Swift for her song “The Man.”

Hosted by Keke Palmer, the event featured performances by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, Da Baby, Miley Cyrus, BTS, Doja Cat, Latin boy band CNCO and Maluma.

Gaga and Grande led the field with nine nominations apiece, followed by The Weeknd and Billie Eilish with six.