Words: Chloe Watts
This year the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards is taking social distancing seriously with The Weeknd opening the ceremony atop a building in Manhattan, 1,000 feet to be exact. With nothing but the New York City skyline and two helicopters to keep the superstar company, the ‘Starboy’ singer treated a virtual audience to a performance of his hit song, ‘Blinding Lights’, which is up for six nominations tonight including Video of the Year, Best RnB (spoiler: he won) and Song of the Year.
In a year where everyone has been forced to adapt to a new way of living and working, artists and awards shows are taking things to levels we may not have not otherwise been able to see (in this case, literally) if awards shows were following in their traditional format. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any more wild, fireworks lit up the Hudson River and treated New York locals to a special light show during what has been a difficult year.
The artist took the red carpet earlier in the evening donned in the same red suit look, bloodied and bruised as is signature in his latest album.
Of course Twitter had something to say about the mammoth opening performance, and the fans are raving about it. We rounded up a few below.
— lil.andre (@uesoandre) August 31, 2020
— Tim Macdonell (@timmacdonell) August 31, 2020
— ꨄ𝑺𝒂𝒕𝒂𝒏__𓂀 (@cynn_2518) August 31, 2020
— THE MEDIA PRINCE,LLC (@TheMediaPrince) August 31, 2020
— Yasser Khan (@y3khan) August 31, 2020
— archiver 🍁 (@dietzbaldos) August 31, 2020