Well, MTV has done it! They’ve shown that you can put on a star-studded spectacle in the middle of a global pandemic and proved beyond a doubt that it’s a very dumb idea. MTV dared to do what the other girls wouldn’t and risked everybody’s health by inviting confirmed disease vector Doja Cat (who really should have that glowing fish whistle looked at) and others to walk a virtual red carpet set up for last night’s MTV VMAs. Was it worth it? Well, let me put it this way. No.
Miley Cyrus Performed “Midnight Sky” At The MTV VMAs And Straddled A Disco Ball As A Reference To Wrecking Ball
In 2013 Miley Cyrus cemented her spot in VMAs history by “twerking” her ass into
Beetlejuice’s Robin Thicke’s half-Canuck crotch. A couple years later she hosted the show in full Battlefield Earth drag (read: white person dreads), and Nicki Minaj asked, “Miley, what’s good?” Since then she’s shown up with drag queens and performed a few entirely forgettable songs.
Now it’s 2020, and MTV’s prodigal daughter has returned once again. This year Miley performed her new single “Midnight Sky” (which lost the award for Song of the Summer), and ended the performance by straddling a giant disco ball, in an ode to her classic song “Wrecking Ball”.
I am aware of how redundant it is to describe Lady Gaga’s choices as “over-the-top,” since everything she does is over the top. In fact, if she hadn’t gone full-Gaga at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards last night, today’s headline might be something like, “Lady Gaga worries humanity by keeping her look subdued and restrained, and only doing one costume change.”
If you’re anything like me, you see old footage of public gatherings (like Taylor Swift performing at the 2019 MTV VMAs), and all you can think about is how everyone is standing way too close to each other, and that no one is wearing a mask, and oh god, where is the nearest bottle of hand sanitizer?! And that’s because we’re going on month six of a global pandemic. But the 2020 MTV VMAs will still happen this Sunday, August 30. MTV will make sure the ceremony will reflect the times we’re living in by handing out awards for Best Music Video from Home, and Best Quarantine Performance. But that’s pretty much the extent of their quarantine content. For example, the show is still going to involve live performances, and those performers aren’t required to quarantine if they’re flying into New York from another state.