Lady Gaga, who was born and raised in Manhattan, NY, took home a total of four Video Music Awards (VMAs) last night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” won a VMA for “Best Collab” and “Song of the Year.” Lady Gaga also won a VMA for “Artist of the Year” and made history by becoming the first-ever recipient of the Tricon Award for her accomplishments in music, acting, fashion, and philanthropy.
“I know a renaissance is coming, and the wrath of pop culture will inspire you and the rage of art will empower you as it responds to hardship with its generosity and love,” Lady Gaga said during her acceptance speech for the Tricon Award.
Not only did the VMAs focus on celebration, but also paid tribute to those who died during 2020. A poignant tribute took place at the beginning of the show for Chadwick Boseman. Halfway through the show, a montage of pictures appeared to remember others who passed, including Pop Smoke and Juice Wrld.
Even with eliminating in-person attendance, fans could still appear virtually on surrounding buildings to experience the live performances on the outdoor stage from The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Doja Cat. BTS, the South Korean band, made their VMA debut performing their hit single “Dynamite.”
The VMAs took time to address the fight against racial injustice. Host Keke Palmer’s opening speech addressed the need to end police brutality and systemic racism while The Weeknd used his acceptance speech to bring continued awareness to the deaths of Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor. After H.E.R won the VMA for “Video for Good,” Pepsi announced it would donate $100,000 to the NAACP.
Other notable VMA wins for the night included Megan Thee Stallion’s VMA for “Best Hip Hop” with “Savage,” Doja Cat winning “PUSH Best New Artist,” and Machine Gun Kelly’s “Best Alternative” win for “Bloody Valentine.”