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Gaga’s five wins for the night bring her career total to 18 VMAs, a total topped only by Beyoncé, with 24, and Madonna, with 20.

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” won video of the year at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. But Lady Gaga won the most awards during the night—five—followed closely by Ariana Grande and BTS, with four each.

“Blinding Lights” also won the award for best R&B. It’s the first R&B video to win the top award since by Beyoncé’s “Formation” four years ago.

Gaga won artist of the year and a special MTV Tricon Award. This is the third year in a row a female artist has won artist of the year. Camila Cabello won two years ago. Grande won last year.

Gaga and Grande shared three awards for their megahit “Rain on Me” — song of the year, best collaboration and best cinematography. (Thomas Kloss was in charge of cinematography on that video, but MTV gives artists credit for technical awards on their videos.)

Gaga’s five wins for the night bring her career total to 18 VMAs, a total topped only by Beyoncé, with 24, and Madonna, with 20.

In addition to the three awards she shared with Gaga, Grande won best music video from home—for “Stuck With U,” her collab with Justin Bieber.

BTS won three of its four awards for “On,” which took best pop (surprisingly beating “Rain on Me,” among others), best K-pop and best choreography (for Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun and Lee Byung Eun). The group also won best group. These were the group’s second consecutive wins for best K-pop and best group.

Taylor Swift took best direction for the feminist-themed “The Man” (which she personally directed). Swift is just the third artist to win best direction without a co-director. She follows Beck, who won for “The New Pollution” (1997) and Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, who won for the trio’s “Make Some Noise” (2011). In addition, Swift is just the second woman (artist or not) to win best direction without a co-director. She follows Melina Matsoukas, who won for directing Beyoncé’s “Formation” (2016).

Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” won best hip-hop. It’s the third year in a row a female artist has won in that category.

Doja Cat won push best new artist, presented by Chime Banking. The Los Angeles singer and rapper is the third female artist in a row to win the new artist award. Billie Eilish (another L.A. native) won last year. Cardi B won in 2018.

Coldplay took best rock for “Orphans.” It’s the group’s second win in that category, following a win for “Paradise” eight years ago.

Machine Gun Kelly won in the reinstated alternative category with “Bloody Valentine.” The VMAs presented this award (initially called best post-modern video) every year from 1989-98, but hadn’t presented it since then until this year.

H.E.R. won in the socially-minded video for good category with “I Can’t Breathe,” which reflects the fight for Black equality. Two recent winners were on the same broad theme—Logic’s “Black Superman” (featuring Damian Lemar Hudson) and Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”

Maluma’s “Qué Pena” (featuring J Balvin) took best Latin. This is the third year in a row that J Balvin has won in that category. He won in 2018 with “Mi Gente,” a collab with Willy William (2018), and in 2019 with “Con altura,” a collab with Rosalía (featuring El Guincho, 2019).

Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter” won two technical awards—best art direction (Christian Stone) and best editing (Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico).

Another sign of K-Pop’s impact, beyond BTS’ mini-sweep: Blackpink took song of the summer for “How You Like That.”

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/9442551/the-weeknd-2020-vmas-lady-gaga-ariana-grande-bts/

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