The MTV Video Music Awards are coming up at the end of this month. Viewers can expect two new categories this year. Both are influenced by quarantine under the COVID-19 era.
MTV announced the “Best Music Video From Home” and “Best Quarantine Performance” categories in addition to its usual lists. These categories are to reward the artists who connected with their fans virtually this past year. While “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Artist of the Year” are all accounted for, these categories are special to 2020.
DJ D-Nice performed his “Club MTV presents #Dance Together” show in April. This snagged him the nomination for “Best Quarantine Performance.” DJ D-Nice’s show included other celebrities, dance-offs, and a connection to his fans virtually. Additionally, the show supported the Save The Music Foundation. This organization focuses on students impacted by COVID-19 to ensure they have access to virtual music education.
This livestream brought in 100,000 viewers. Some of these viewers included other artists like Rhianna, Janet Jackson, and Michelle Obama. Even Mark Zuckerberg attended the event. Furthermore, this show showed artists and listeners what can be done virtually in the music industry. Even in a pandemic, the music community can come together, support each other, and rave on.
Other nominees for “Best Quarantine Performance” include:
Chloe & Halle “‘Do It’ from MTV’s Prom-athon”
CNCO “Unplugged At Home.”
John Legend “#togetherathome Concert Series,”
Lady Gaga “‘Smile’ from One World: Together At Home”
Post Malone “Nirvana Tribute”.
In regards to the “Best Music Video From Home” category, nominees include:
5 Seconds of Summer: “Wildflower”
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber: “Stuck with U”
Blink-182: “Happy Days”
Drake: “Toosie Slide”
John Legend: “Bigger Love”
Twenty One Pilots: “Level of Concern”