At MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, Lady Gaga wins mul­ti­ple tro­phies, mod­els stylish masks

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - BY MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga cleaned house at the 2020 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards, while The Weeknd took home the top prize — and both pop stars sent mes­sages to view­ers about the cur­rent state of the world: “Wear a mask” and “Jus­tice for Ja­cob Blake and Bre­onna Tay­lor.”

Gaga won five hon­ors Sun­day, most of them for her No. 1 hit with Ari­ana Grande, “Rain on Me,” which the pop stars per­formed live for the first time.

“Wear a mask. It’s a sign of re­spect,” Gaga said dur­ing one of her sev­eral ap­pear­ances on­stage as she ac­cepted awards in­clud­ing artist and song of the year.

With an elec­tronic mask, Gaga per­formed a med­ley of her songs, in­clud­ing “Stupid Love,” “Chro­mat­ica II” and “911.” She and Grande were joined by a num­ber of back­ground dancers all wear­ing masks.

The Weeknd, the first per­former of the night, paid trib­ute to Blake and Tay­lor — two Black peo­ple who were shot by po­lice of­fi­cers — after win­ning video of the year and best R&B for “Blind­ing Lights.”

“It’s re­ally hard for me to cel­e­brate right now and en­joy this mo­ment, so I’m just go­ing to say: jus­tice for Ja­cob Blake and jus­tice for Bre­onna Tay­lor,” he said.

The VMAs kicked off with an­other touch­ing mo­ment, as host Keke Palmer told view­ers the show was ded­i­cated to Chad­wick Bose­man, who died Fri­day at 43 after bat­tling colon can­cer.

“We ded­i­cate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He’s a true hero, not just on-screen,” Palmer said. “His im­pact lives for­ever.”

MTV

Ari­ana Grande (left) and Lady Gaga, both masked, per­form “Rain on Me” at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards.

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