MTV Movie & TV Awards 2020: Everything to know ahead of Sunday night’s show

The stage at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards
The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards stage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
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The MTV Movie & TV Awards are switching things up this year — and not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to scaling down the show due to public health concerns, MTV has expanded its pool of 2020 honorees to include beloved stars, films and TV series dating back to the 1980s.

Unlike previous ceremonies, which have typically focused on entertainment and performances from only the past year, the 2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards looks to crown the “Greatest of All Time” in new categories ranging from heartbreaking break-up to legendary lip lock.


In June, MTV postponed the fan-facing ceremony — which is normally held in the summer — because of the ongoing public health crisis. Here are all the details about Sunday’s event.

What time is the show, and where can I watch it?

Snoop Dogg holds a popcorn trophy standing next to Martha Stewart.
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart present an award at a previous MTV Movie & TV Awards ceremony.
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The 90-minute special kicks off Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on MTV and VH1. It will be available to stream on and the MTV app.

Who’s hosting?

Vanessa Hudgens posing in a pink gown
Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends the 2020 premiere of “Bad Boys for Life” in Los Angeles.
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The star-studded telecast will be hosted by “High School Musical” alum and multiple MTV Movie & TV Award nominee Vanessa Hudgens. The singer and actress has scored nods in the past for best kiss and breakthrough female performer.

“At this point, you’ve pretty much watched all the movie and TV shows you can handle,” Hudgens joked last week in a promo video. “So now it’s time for us to decide the greatest movie and TV moments of all time, all hosted by me.”


Who’s presenting?

Lily Collins wearing red lipstick
Actress Lily Collins is among the presenters set to appear at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.
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“Emily in Paris” herself, Lily Collins, leads this year’s pack of presenters, along with “Iron Man” stars Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle.

Others set to dole out this year’s prizes are Chelsea Handler, Derek Hough, David Spade, Neve Campbell, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Jacob Bertrand, Peyton List, Xolo Maridueña, David Spade and Maddie Ziegler.

Who’s performing?

DJ Steve Aoki wearing a white shirt
DJ Steve Aoki at a previous MTV Movie & TV Awards ceremony.
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Headlining the MTV Movie & TV Awards this year are Blink-182’s Travis Barker, DJ Steve Aoki and singer-songwriter Sia.

“I’m stoked to be performing with one of my good friends,” Aoki, who will perform alongside Barker, said in a statement. “Not only will we be celebrating the best of the best pictures with the iconic music that pushed them forward, but we have some surprises for you all as well.”


Who are the honorees?

Chadwick Boseman in a turtleneck and suit
“Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman will be honored posthumously at the 2020 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
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The following entertainment luminaries, listed in alphabetical order, will be honored throughout the night with titles including scream queen, legendary lip lock, dance your a— off, heartbreaking break-up, comedy giant, zero to hero, she-ro and dynamic duo:

  • Kevin Bacon
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Kristen Bell
  • Selma Blair
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Gal Gadot
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Kevin Hart
  • Adam Sandler
  • Jason Segel
  • William Zabka

Late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman will receive MTV’s Hero for the Ages award, presented by Downey and Cheadle, who starred alongside Boseman’s T’Challa as, respectively, Iron Man and War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On Sunday, the late “Black Panther” star will be awarded the Hero for the Ages honor during the “MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time” special.

Dec. 4, 2020

How will COVID affect things?

To ensure the safety of everyone involved, the show will be a prerecorded mix of virtual and in-person segments, the latter of which will be shot on a COVID-compliant set.

MTV also is ditching its typical spectacle of a red carpet for a smaller, more private photo call for talent only.

'MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time'

Where: MTV and VH1
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)