Lady Gaga jokes she wore face masks 'before they were a thing' at VMAs

Lady Gaga insisted she was the original Masked Singer as she urged fans to start wearing coverings in a ‘sign of respect’.

The singer returned to her eccentric best as she mopped up five gongs at the MTV VMAs on Sunday. With no live audience, performances were held outdoors at various locations in New York.

Gaga, who has kept things minimal in recent years, swapped through an array of clobber including a glitter catsuit and a billowing mirror frock — all with matching protective face gear.

‘I was wearing face shields before it was a thing,’ said the 34-year-old, rocking new grey tresses.

Bagging the inaugural TriCon award, which recognises her achievements in music, fashion and acting, Gaga told fans to slap on a mask and not abandon hope. ‘I love you, stay safe, speak your mind,’ she added.

‘I might sound like a broken record, but wear a mask, it’s a sign of respect.

‘Just because we’re separated right now and culture may feel less alive, I know a renaissance is coming and the wrath of pop culture will inspire you and the rage of art will empower you as it responds to hardship with its generosity and love.’




Gaga also won artist of the year and Rain On Me, her track with Ariana Grande, scooped song of the year, best collaboration and best cinematography.

The Weeknd, who won video of the year and best R&B, used his acceptance speech to raise awareness of Black Lives Matter following the shootings of Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor by US police.

The 30-year-old said: ‘It’s hard for me to celebrate right now and enjoy this moment. So I’m just going to say justice for Jacob Blake and justice for Breonna Taylor.’

MTV VMAs 2020 full winner’s list

Artist of the year — Lady Gaga

Video of the year — The Weeknd (Blinding Lights)

MTV TriCon Award — Lady Gaga

Best new artist — Doja Cat

Song of the year — Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande (Rain On Me)

Best music video from home — Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber (Stuck With U)

Best direction — Taylor Swift (The Man)

Best pop — BTS (On)

Best R&B — The Weeknd (Blinding Lights)

Best hip hop — Megan Thee Stallion (Savage)

Best K-pop — BTS (On)

Best rock — Coldplay (Orphans)

Best group — BTS

Best art direction — Miley Cyrus (Mother’s Daughter)

Best editing — Miley Cyrus (Mother’s Daughter)

Best visual effects — Dua Lipa (Physical)

Best choreography — BTS (On)

More Guilty Pleasures…

‘A true hero’… tributes paid to Black Panther star Chadwick

The VMAs opened on a sombre note, with host Keke Palmer dedicating the ceremony to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.

The family of Boseman, 43, announced his death on Friday, four years after he was secretly diagnosed with colon cancer.

Palmer said: ‘We need to talk about the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman, an actor whose talent and passion is a true inspiration. We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. 

He is a true hero. Not just on screen but in everything he did. His impact lives forever.’

There was also a video tribute to Boseman — who also appeared in Da 5 Bloods and Get On Up — which included him winning best hero for Black Panther at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards.

And following the final performance of the night, the Black Eyed Peas shouted ‘Wakanda Forever’, the slogan from Black Panther.

Meanwhile, a petition has been started for a statue of Boseman to be erected in his home town of Anderson, South Carolina.

Things can only get glitter for Miley after divorce

This time Miley Cyrus came in like a disco ball as she re-enacted her famous Wrecking Ball video to pine about her divorce from Aussie star Liam Hemsworth.

The 27-year-old debuted her new single Midnight Sky at the VMAs, which includes the lyric: ‘I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no/I don’t need to be loved by you.’

Towards the end of her showstopping performance Miley — sporting a mullet-like haircut — climbed a set of stairs and sat on a giant glitter ball that was swinging from the ceiling.

It was a nod to her promo for 2013 hit Wrecking Ball, which went on to win video of the year at the VMAs.

That provocative visual featured Miley, wearing nothing but a pair of boots, swinging on a wrecking ball while singing about a failed relationship.

At Sunday’s ceremony she won two awards, taking home best art direction and best editing for the Mother’s Daughter music video.

This year Katy’s the support act

She might be a new mum, but Katy Perry made sure she didn’t miss out on the VMAs action by giving herself a Spanxing good time at home.

The 35-year-old showed glamour is a whole new way of life now that she has her and Orlando Bloom’s newborn daughter Daisy to look after.

Daringly, KP showed off her post-baby body, wearing only a breast-pump bra and maternity pants, jokingly getting ready for the awards bash on her Insta-story.

Katy isn’t giving herself any time off since giving birth last week, as she is busy plugging her new album Smile in between feeds and changing nappies.

Making herstory! Taylor is the first female to win best director

Taylor Swift proved she’s The Man when her gender-flipping video for the track made her the VMAs’ first female winner of the best direction gong.

She transformed into the embodiment of toxic masculinity for the video, looking unrecognisable in a brown beard and business suit.

It was Taylor’s critique of music industry sexism, suggesting she would be treated differently if she were a fella. 

The video also marked her first attempt at directing single-handedly. Accepting her gong via video message, the 30-year-old said: ‘This is amazing. This is the very first video that I’ve ever directed on my own. I’m just so grateful for this. I want to take an opportunity to say thank you to the team who believed in me as a first-time director and made this video with me.’

After thanking everyone in the industry who voted for her video, Taylor also thanked her fans ‘because you are the only reason why the industry cares about anything I do’.

I’m a lucky buzzer to be replacing Si

Ashley Banjo aims to be more a Mr Life-Changer than Mr Nasty when he covers for the injured Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent.

His dance troupe, Diversity, famously denied Susan Boyle the winner’s crown on BGT — and the 31-year-old is well aware that his buzzer has the power to change lives.

‘I’ll be tough on everyone! I won’t be Mr Mean, just Mr Honest,’ said Ashley, who took along his five-month-old son, Micah, as he tried out Simon’s seat. ‘There’s no mucking about. It’s not a celeb-based show, it’s not like everyone’s there just for entertainment, this is life-changing stuff.’

Replacing Simon while he recovers from a broken back, he admitted it’s ‘horrible’ that something bad had to happen for him to get his TV moment, but added: ‘It’s super-humbling! Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from east London and now I am stepping in for the big man!’

Dua looks rubbery in birthday wetsuit

Dua Lipa is more like Dua Flipper after her lover Anwar Hadid gave her a wetsuit for her 25th birthday.

The pair celebrated in LA before washing away their hangovers in the surf of Malibu beach. ‘My boyfriend got me a wetsuit which I was really pleased about,’ said the Physical singer. ‘I looked kind of like a penguin in it, but I was into it. I was really into it.’

Speaking as she hosted Capital FM’s Capital Weekender, Dua added: ‘I was really chuffed, I got a really cool wetsuit because I’ve been trying surfing.’

After moving from London to the West Coast to be with model Anwar, 21, Dua says it was the perfect first birthday in Hollywood. ‘It was so lovely, I was down in Malibu with a bunch of friends and we had food and hung out and it was perfect,’ she added.

Oh my, Drog! Roman’s shower shock

Roman Kemp is all set to tackle this year’s Soccer Aid, despite getting a surprise in the shower at last year’s fundraiser.

The Capital FM star felt bewildered as he found himself sharing the locker room with former Chelsea star Didier Drogba.

‘My best memory was sharing a shower with Drogba, because it was so ridiculous and suffice to say, it was the most ridiculous scenario I have ever been in,’ said Roman, 27, who is said to be dating Kate Moss’s sister Lottie, 22.

Meanwhile, former football semi-pro Olly Murs revealed why he’s not fazed by the idea of playing in front of empty stands at Old Trafford.

The 36-year-old said: ‘One of the pros was saying how weird it will feel for them to play without fans. But for me, I’m used to playing football without a crowd on a regular basis!’

The Unicef fundraiser will be shown by ITV at 6.30pm on Sunday.

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