The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards looked much different than in previous years when the world’s best musicians gathered to perform live in front of a crowd of fans. Instead, performances were taped outdoors across New York City and broadcast to millions of televisions across the globe. One thing didn’t change though- the jaw-dropping fashion choices of the nominees. While Lady Gaga didn’t rock a meat dress like she did in 2010 and no one wore a dollar bill skirt like last year, there were still many notable styles. Let’s take a look at the top five outfits worn by 2020’s VMA performers.
Chloe x Halle
This twin sister R&B duo rocked matching silver leotards with knee-high boots and fishnet tights. The thick choker collars around their necks and chains in their hair made their outfits quite the ensemble. Not sure what look they were going for, robots, ancient Egyptians, or homemade Halloween costumes, but it was certainly a look to remember.
Lady Gaga had quite a few outfit changes throughout the awards show (no surprise there), but this green ball gown is, in my opinion, the most stunning. A more modest choice than her other outfits of the night, this gown is classy yet bright and bold.
Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly wore a purple suit with zippers and silver accents to receive his award for Push Best New Artist. The color, collar, and asymmetrical design of the jacket make this look unique.
Ariana Grande looked cute and sleek in this black (synthetic) leather skirt and long sleeve shirt combo. Mini A-line skirts have certainly become Ariana’s trademark style but we never get tired of seeing them. Ari’s outfit choice for the awards part of the red carpet was surprising in that it wasn’t over the top flashy or in your face. I think it was refreshing to see someone wear something more simple and classic.
We’ve seen the Weeknd in this red suit with a black tie, button down, gloves, and handkerchief before but who cares? Not everyone can pull off a red suite so why not rock it on as many occasions as possible? This look is memorable because it matches his Blinding Lights music video and because it's the look that marks his first VMA for Video of the Year.
It may not have been the most outrageous year for VMA fashion, but as always the nominees wore some great styles that will go down in fashion history. Now, I guess we just have to wait until next year to see what iconic fashion moments will be created then.
Emma Eggleston is the author of the blog Nineteen Magazine which covers pop culture, celebrities, college life, and more.