The MTV VMAs brought some of the biggest names in music to the stage for a virtual awards show that raised the bar for event TV in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. From exciting performances to inspiring speeches, this year’s VMAs were something special.
This year’s performances were moved from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — as originally planned — to various outdoor areas around the Big Apple, which led to some of the most unexpected and groundbreaking numbers in the show’s history.
With Keke Palmer showing off her hosting skills — and, at one point, her dancing skills — Sunday’s big show was a fun, energetic affair from start to finish.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest performances and most memorable moments from Sunday’s big show.
If you want to kick things off in a big way, you can’t go wrong with fireworks or The Weeknd. So it only makes sense that when you combine them, it’s a winning combo. Performing in his red blazer and black gloves, The Weeknd opened the show with a rendition of his retro-synth masterpiece “Blinding Lights.” The singer performed high above the streets of New York on the opening skydeck of Edge at Hudson Yards. As the song built to its big finish, the night sky lit up with a flury of fireworks that made this one of the most memorable VMA openers in years. This marked The Weeknd’s return to the VMAs since 2015, when he wowed with a performance of “Can’t Feel My Face.”