This year’s MTV Video Music Awards looked a lot more different compared to the past years. Hosted by Keke Palmer, the annual awards ceremony, which is honoring the best of music in 2020, had been held in COVID-safe outdoor areas across New York City.

Host Keke Palmer set the tone for the night with her stellar fashion choices, and that continued with stars like Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Chloe and Halle, and more who brought major fashion — face masks included — to the stage and socially distanced red carpet.

The best looks, however, came later in the night when the performances began. Here are my favorite performance outfits of the night!

BTS

It’s hard to believe the seven-member South Korean act had yet to perform at a VMAs ceremony prior to 2020, but the boys certainly made the most of their debut, performing their newest single “Dynamite“. They brought tons of character, choreography, talent, AND killer outfits. The newly Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 wore GUCCI’s Pre Fall 2020 Menswear Collection.

Watch their performance here.

Chloe x Halle

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These girls showed up ready to slay, both with their performance and their looks. The due performed “Ungodly Hour“. Their performance has been a pre-show one, but I couldn’t resist not including them. They owned the stage and I hope to see more of them in the future.

Watch their performance here.

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

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In one of the evening’s unequivocal highlights, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande shared a stage and delivered their No. 1 hit “Rain On Me” as the centerpiece of a larger Gaga medley celebrating her Chromatica album. Gaga performing “911” and a stripped-down, then sped-up, version of “Stupid Love” brought the euphoria of the Chromatica tour that never was this year.

Watch their performance here.

The Weeknd

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Kicking off the 2020 VMAs with one of the biggest songs of the year, The Weeknd leaned into the thematic disorientation of his “Blinding Lights,” seemingly panicked as he raced around neon images… but then was delivered onto a platform overlooking Hudson Yards, where a helicopter filmed his vocal pyrotechnics.

Watch his performance here.

Doja Cat

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Before kicking off her performance of “Say So,” Doja Cat honored the history of the channel while also spoofing herself, playing an anchor who… had not heard of Doja Cat. She has served some alien realness with her medley performance, and as expected, she left us gagging in awe. 

Watch her performance here.

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