The ongoing global pandemic isn’t stopping award shows, it’s simply changing them. The MTV EMAs were the latest show to continue celebrating the best in the arts amidst physical distancing protocols. On Sunday, November 8, MTV handed out their awards for the top artists of the year during the virtual ceremony and K-pop supergroup BTS led the charge with Lady Gaga close behind.English girl group Little Mix hosted the event, which was filmed in London and Budapest. Formed in 2011 on the British version of The X Factor
, Little Mix, which is made up of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson, took the stage several times during Sunday’s event. Nelson unfortunately was absent due to illness. The group performed their new single “Sweet Melody” and took home the award for Best Pop. Little Mix’s win was BTS’ only loss of the night, with the seven-piece winning four of the five categories they were nominated in.BTS and members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook appeared virtually to accept their four awards, including Biggest Fans, Best Virtual Live for Bang Bang Con and Best Song for “Dynamite.” BTS’ win for Best Group marked the third year in a row that the supergroup claimed victory in the major category. "We'll keep working hard to be a group that can touch the hearts of people and give them hope through music,” said RM during the group’s acceptance speech. Following their Best Song win, the group announced that they were dedicating the award to their fan army, adding that they were happy to release a positive song during such a difficult time for so many.
Lady Gaga went into this year’s award shows with the most nominations and walked away with the award for Best Artist, a category that also included Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa.Karol G and Nicki Minaj won Best Collaboration, Doja Cat won Best New Artist, Karol G won Best Latin, Coldplay won Best Rock, Cardi B won Best Hip Hop, David Guetta won Best Electronic, Hayley Williams won Best Alternative, Yungblud won Best Push and H.E.R. won Video for Good for “I Can’t Breathe.” Drake and DJ Khaled were also big winners during Sunday's show, taking home the award for Best Video for their track “Popstar.” The video stars Justin Bieber
, who lip syncs Drake’s vocals as he makes his way through a massive house party and eventually wakes up from a dream to find wife Hailey Bieber by his side.The virtual award show may not have had a live audience, but it still had fierce fashion on the red carpet and plenty of exciting performances. Hosts Little Mix along with performers like Sam Smith, Alicia Keys, and Maluma all walked the pandemic-friendly carpet. Canadian supermodel Winnie Harlow also made an appearance on the carpet and at the award show, along with DJ Khaled, Bebe Rexha and Rita Ora.
The 2020 MTV EMAs looked awfully different from previous years but it was still packed with plenty of performances. In addition to Little Mix, Smith, Keys and Maluma, fans also saw performances from Why Don’t We, Yungblud, Madison Beer, Zara Larsson, Karol G, DaBaby, Tate McRae, David Guetta and Raye, Jack Harlow and Doja Cat.
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