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Lady Gaga wins Lady Gaga award for being Lady Gaga at MTV VMAs

By | Published on Tuesday 1 September 2020

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Pandemic or not, people still need awards. Especially Lady Gaga, apparently, who won a load of them at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. That includes one apparently made up just for her that had nothing to do with music videos.

Originally scheduled to take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the event was shifted to a number of outdoor locations in order to out-fox that pandemic thing. Gaga took home a total of five awards, including Artist Of The Year. Her tally was also boosted when she became the first recipient of the new Tricon Award.

That particular gong has been introduced to recognise an artist who has achieved success in three disciplines – and it was handed to Gaga this year because she makes music, was in a movie once, and has done some fashion stuff.

“I truly never could’ve imagined that someday I would be given an award like this that honoured me for so many of my passions”, said Gaga in her acceptance speech. “I want to share this award with everybody at home tonight. Everybody at home that is their own form of a Tricon”.

The Tricon Award seemingly replaces the event’s old Vanguard Award, which had the vague criteria of recognising “achievements in music and film, but … sometimes [being] handed out as a lifetime achievement award”.

MTV talked up the new prize as if it will definitely be able to think of an artist who has done three things again next year, but you probably also shouldn’t be surprised if the Vanguard quietly returns and the Tricon is never mentioned again.

Elsewhere, in the bit of the show actually celebrating videos, a woman won the Best Direction trophy for the first time. So that’s good news for all you female music video directors out there. One day, if you work really hard, you too could have your work recognised at a major televised event.

Although it would help if you were Taylor Swift. For it was she who won the prize for her work on her video for ‘The Man’.

Who wants to see a list of all the winners? Let’s not even pretend you’re here for anything else. Here you go…

Artist Of The Year: Lady Gaga
Best Group: BTS
Best New Artist: Doja Cat
MTV Tricon Award: Lady Gaga

Song Of The Year: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Best Collaboration: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Best Pop: BTS – On
Best Hip Hop: Megan Thee Stallion – Savage
Best Rock: Coldplay – Orphans
Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly – Bloody Valentine
Best Latin: Maluma feat J Balvin – Qué Pena
Best R&B: The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Best K-pop: BTS – On

Video Of The Year: The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Video For Good: HER – I Can’t Breathe
Best Music Video From Home: Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – Stuck With U
Best Quarantine Performance: CNCO – Unplugged At Home

Best Direction: Taylor Swift – The Man (Taylor Swift)
Best Cinematography: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (Thomas Kloss)
Best Art Direction: Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter (Christian Stone)
Best Visual Effects: Dua Lipa – Physical (EIGHTY4)
Best Choreography: BTS – On (Son Song Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun)
Best Editing: Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter (Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico)