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How to stream 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

Live from New York. Sort of.


Jaime Carrillo


Posted on Aug 28, 2020

Pandemic or not, everyone’s favorite award show of the year simply must go on. The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards was set to be live from the Barclay Center, but will now be held across all five Burroughs of New York, following Covid-19 safety guidelines. This, along with the Everyday Heroes Award, will pay tribute to essential workers in this trying time.

Actress and R&B superstar Keke Palmer will serve as host in the biggest VMA competition yet. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have each garnered nine nominations, with Lady G nominated in both the Video of the Year and Artist of the Year categories. Plus, there will be some fantastic live performances from artists including Jack Harlow, Chloe x Halle, Black Eyed Peas, Da Baby, Miley Cyrus, The Weekend, CNCO, Tate McRae, and international K-Pop sensation BTS.

Here’s everything you need to know to stream the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.

What is 2020 MTV Video Music Awards?

  • Airtime: Sunday, August 30 at 8 pm EST.
  • Channel: MTV, simulcast on MTV2, VH1, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, The CW and other networks. Check your local listings.
  • Genre: Award Show
  • Hosted by: Keke Palmer

How to stream the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. 

2020 MTV Video Music Awards on Philo

Philo is a budget-minded streaming service, and depending on what channels you want, it might be right for you. The 59 Philo channels lean decidedly toward entertainment; the Philo channel list includes AMC, Discovery, IFC, Lifetime, and the Paramount Network, all for $20 a month. so if you want to stream 2020 MTV Video Music Awards you’re in luck: You can find it on Philo. Philo also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


2020 MTV Video Music Awards on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue along with the Comedy Extra channel suite. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

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Orange + Blue$50

2020 MTV Video Music Awards on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.

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2020 MTV Video Music Awards on Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo’s an option to stream 2020 MTV Video Music Awards—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

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English Premium Package$66.33/ 3 months
English Plus Package$53/ 3 months
Spanish Mas Package$25/ 3 months

2020 MTV Video Music Awards on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.

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2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominees

Video of the Year

  • Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
  • Eminem (featuring Juice WRLD) – “Godzilla”
  • Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Taylor Swift – “The Man”
  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Song of the Year

  • Doja Cat – “Say So”
  • Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
  • Post Malone – “Circles”
  • Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Artist of the Year

  • Justin Bieber
  • DaBaby
  • Lady Gaga
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Post Malone
  • The Weeknd

Best Group

  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Blackpink
  • BTS
  • Chloe x Halle
  • CNCO
  • Little Mix
  • Monsta X
  • Now United
  • The 1975
  • Twenty One Pilots

Push Best New Artist

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Doja Cat
  • Yungblud

Best Collaboration

  • Black Eyed Peas (featuring J Balvin) – “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)”
  • Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”
  • Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
  • Karol G (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Tusa”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Ed Sheeran (featuring Khalid) – “Beautiful People”

Best Pop

  • Justin Bieber (featuring Quavo) – “Intentions”
  • BTS – “On”
  • Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”
  • Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me”
  • Taylor Swift – “Lover”

Best Hip Hop

  • DaBaby – “Bop”
  • Eminem (featuring Juice Wrld) – “Godzilla”
  • Future (featuring Drake) – “Life Is Good”
  • Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”
  • Roddy Ricch – “The Box”
  • Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

Best R&B

  • Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
  • H.E.R. (featuring YG) – “Slide”
  • Alicia Keys – “Underdog”
  • Khalid (featuring Summer Walker) – “Eleven”
  • Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”
  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Best K-Pop

  • BTS – “On”
  • Exo – “Obsession”
  • (G)I-dle – “Oh My God”
  • Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”
  • Red Velvet – “Psycho”
  • TXT – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

Best Latin

  • Anuel AA (featuring Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G and J Balvin) – “China”
  • Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • J Balvin – “Amarillo”
  • Black Eyed Peas (featuring Ozuna and J. Rey Soul) – “Mamacita”
  • Karol G (featuring Nicki Minaj) – “Tusa”
  • Maluma (featuring J Balvin) – “Qué Pena”

Best Rock

  • blink-182 – “Happy Days”
  • Coldplay – “Orphans”
  • Evanescence – “Wasted on You”
  • Fall Out Boy (featuring Wyclef Jean) – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”
  • Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”
  • The Killers – “Caution”

Best Alternative

  • The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
  • All Time Low – “Some Kind of Disaster”
  • Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”
  • FINNEAS – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”
  • Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”
  • twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

Best Music Video from Home

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”
  • blink-182 – “Happy Days”
  • Drake – “Toosie Slide”
  • Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”
  • John Legend – “Bigger Love”
  • twenty one pilots – “Level of Concern”

Best Quarantine Performance

  • Chloe x Halle – “Do It” (from MTV Prom-Athon)
  • CNCO – MTV Unplugged at Home
  • DJ D-Nice – Club MTV Presents: #DanceTogether
  • Lady Gaga – “Smile” (from One World: Together At Home)
  • John Legend – #TogetherAtHome Concert Series
  • Post Malone – “Nirvana Tribute”

Best Video for Good

  • Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”
  • H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
  • Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”
  • Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”
  • Anderson Paak – “Lockdown”
  • Taylor Swift – “The Man”

Best Direction

  • Doja Cat – “Say So” (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)
  • Billie Eilish – “Xanny” (Director: Billie Eilish)
  • Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” (Director: Nabil)
  • Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Director: Dave Meyers)
  • Taylor Swift – “The Man” (Director: Taylor Swift)
  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director: Anton Tammi)

Best Art Direction

  • A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” (Art Directors: A$AP Rocky, Nadia Lee Cohen and Brittany Porter)
  • Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” (Art Director: Christian Stone)
  • Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” (Art Director: Tatiana Van Sauter)
  • Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Art Director: Anna Colomé Nogu)
  • Harry Styles – “Adore You” (Art Director: Laura Ellis Cricks)
  • Taylor Swift – “Lover” (Art Director: Kurt Gefke)

Best Choreography

  • BTS – “On” (Choreographers: The Lab and Son Sung Deuk)
  • CNCO and Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” (Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami)
  • DaBaby – “Bop” (Choreographers: DaniLeigh and Cherry)
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Choreographer: Richy Jackson)
  • Dua Lipa – “Physical” (Choreographer: Charm La’Donna)
  • Normani – “Motivation” (Choreographer: Sean Bankhead)

Best Cinematography

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” (Director of Photography: Kieran Fowler)
  • Camila Cabello (featuring DaBaby) – “My Oh My” (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)
  • Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain on Me” (Director of Photography: Michael Merriman)
  • Katy Perry – “Harleys in Hawaii” (Director of Photography: Arnau Valls)
  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” (Director of Photography: Oliver Millar)

Best Editing

  • Blackpink – “How You Like That”
  • Cardi B (featuring Megan Thee Stallion) – “WAP”
  • Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”
  • DaBaby (featuring Roddy Rich) – “Rockstar”
  • DJ Khaled (featuring Drake) – “Popstar”
  • Doja Cat – “Say So”
  • Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”
  • Lil Baby (featuring 42 Dugg) – “We Paid”
  • Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”
  • Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Beyoncé) – “Savage (Remix)”
  • Pop Smoke (featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Rich) – “The Woo”
  • Saint Jhn – “Roses”
  • Saweetie – “Tap In”
  • Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”
  • Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”
  • The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers

  • Jason “Tik Tok Doc” Campbell
  • Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – “Imagine”
  • Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – “Level Up”
  • Lori Marie Key – “Amazing Grace”
  • Dr. Nate Wood – “Lean on Me”

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*First Published: Aug 28, 2020, 3:02 pm CDT