Exciting Last Week in Music
This past week has been extremely busy in the music world: tons of new releases and the MTV Video Music Awards have left social media platforms buzzing with content. BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez slayed the world with their collaboration Ice Cream, Dua Lipa released a remix album of her full-length record Future Nostalgia, with features from Gwen Stefani to Madonna. JoJo released the deluxe version of her album good to know, featuring Demi Lovato on a remix of one of the tracks, Lonely Hearts. This isn’t even close to everything that was released on Friday alone, but for me, they are definitely the highlights.
The MTV Video Music Awards were unlike any previous award show due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Many of the pre-show performances were taped, there was proper social distancing during interviews and speeches, and there was a level of disconnect between performers and the audience as there barely was an audience. Most of the evening’s performers wore masks to exemplify the necessity of taking proper precautions. Considering the amount of preparation that had to go into having any of the show live, I think that it was a success. Of course, you can’t compare this year’s show overall to previous shows; however, there were still some incredible moments.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande performed, for the first time live, a gorgeous rendition of their single Rain on Me. Gaga was later on awarded the first-ever MTV Tricon Award for her success in various aspects of entertainment and philanthropy, in addition to several other VMAs. The Weeknd took home the moon person for Video of the Year, Taylor Swift won for best direction in her solo directing debut for her video The Man, and BTS took home several awards. Host Keke Palmer was funny and passionate, as she made the best of the situation. Multiple stars brought up the hardships of the year from COVID-19, to the loss of some fabulous entertainers, to police brutality and the importance of voting.
Overall, I was very impressed by this year’s VMAs for being the best it could be given the difficult circumstances.