Serious about how the one year 2020 has in actuality felt like a complete decade, it would be no longer easy to undergo in mind the fundamental moments of, disclose, April, no longer to mention the defining cultural hit makers of the past dozen months. The 2020 VMAs can succor walk your memory.
The Artist of the Year field for this one year’s awards impress — claimed by Ariana Grande within the waste one year’s event — is de facto packed. DaBaby, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, and The Weeknd are all up for the coveted prize, and excellent one can clutch. Whilst you’d like a recap of the spectacular years every of these six superstars has led, we’ve got you covered below.
This one year, the North Carolina rapper persisted his inconceivable walk of facets by appearing on a staggering 11 — and likewise found time to liberate seven of his own singles, alongside with team-u.s.a.with Drake, Camila Cabello, and more. He dropped his third album in 13 months, Blame It on Toddler, in April, and saw his Roddy Ricch collab “Rockstar” hit No. 1. That tune has spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 as of this writing, which speaks to the form of longevity DaBaby has cultivated in this form of immediate amount of time. At this one year’s VMAs, he’s also nominated for Finest Hip-Hop and Finest Choreography, and his Cabello collaboration, “My Oh My,” also landed one for Finest Cinematography. He’ll bring the corpulent expanse of his vitality to the stage, too, as one in every of the evening’s performers. The man by no manner sleeps.
- Justin Bieber
2020 saw the liberate of Bieber’s long-awaited recent album Changes, which earned him his fifth No. 1 and yielded a complete immediate of gorgeous, wide-ranging visuals courtesy of inventive director Nick DeMoura. On the identical time, Bieber managed to flip his marriage to Hailey Bieber correct into a complete daily life brand, complete with at-house boat-lag quarantine videos and and in-depth docuseries that probed how their relationship pulled Bieber out of a deep spiral. Couple that with “Stuck With U,” his Ariana Grande cease-house anthem that earned VMA nods for Finest Collaboration and Finest Tune Video From Home, and Bieber’s 2020 has been corpulent of diversified foremost, you guessed it, adjustments.
- Lady Gaga
Chromatica, Gaga’s first solo album since 2016, marked a triumphant return to the pop sphere after a season away amassing her first Oscar. The lead-up was stuffed with masses of patented Gaga intrigue; she teased the album with mechanized imagery and proclaimed, “I will fabricate no matter it takes to compose the sector dance and smile,” earlier than making appropriate on that exclaim with the kinetic “Tiring Esteem,” the Blackpink collab “Sour Candy,” and of direction, “Rain on Me,” an Ariana Grande-powered dance anthem. The 2 are also tied for most noms this one year, with 9 every. Together, they’ll electrify the VMAs with a are living efficiency of the tune, so prepare your galoshes.
- Megan Thee Stallion
It would possibly possibly likely perhaps be recency bias, but few songs believe contrivance to account for 2020 as totally as “WAP,” Meg’s blockbuster team-up with Cardi B wherein the duo celebrate and totally own their sexuality. And that one excellent dropped three weeks ago! Someplace else in 2020, Meg went from scene-stealing VMA pre-impress performer at the tail discontinue of a Hot Girl Summer to a lawful pressure all her own, teaming up with Beyoncé for her first-ever No. 1 single and tightening her resolve on pop custom at gigantic. This one year, she’s also nominated for Tune of the Year and Finest Hip-Hop. Though she’s had her share of struggles, Meg’s proved her resilience thru it all.
- Post Malone
“Circles” — what a banger! That breezy gem (and Posty’s fourth No. 1) is candy one in every of his many modes, the big totality of which allow him to believe facets from Ozzy Osbourne, Halsey, DaBaby, and SZA all on the identical album. It be also what helped his downright exhilarating livestreamed Nirvana tribute elevate $500,000 for coronavirus relief in April. That grungy burst, which featured Travis Scott on the drums, earned him a Finest Quarantine Efficiency VMA nomination, alongside with a separate nod within the Tune of the Year class. You would possibly possibly likely perhaps not be ready to seek it thru his more and more ink-covered face, but Posty’s smiling (whilst Hollywood’s bleeding).
- The Weeknd
In a one year marked by loads of excessive-profile returns within the tune realm, The Weeknd descended to earth and totally rebooted himself (all yet again) at the tail discontinue of 2019 as a toad-licking, Joker-channeling, unhealthy Las Vegas thrill shark — and pivoted to synth-pop, on myth of it felt correct. He completed around with the very thought of press appearances, making stressful and meta visuals that can likely perhaps even believe painted him as a psychopath, and he even completed a virgin on American Dad in a appropriate bit of self-spoofing. What a one year! This one year, alongside with Billie Eilish, he’s tied for the 2nd-most nominated artist this one year, having racked up six nods in complete. He’ll be bringing his chaotic After Hours vision to life at the VMAs with a efficiency. As we’ve contrivance to query, anything else can happen.
The 2020 VMAs will air are living at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, August 30 across MTV’s linear and digital platforms, moreover to with loads of open air performances around Fresh York City. Salvage the entirety you would believe to perceive at vma.mtv.com.