Lady Gaga wins big at socially distanced VMAs

Lady Gaga accepting the TriCon Award during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lady Gaga accepting the TriCon Award during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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NEW YORK - Lady Gaga cleaned up at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday, an unorthodox show that paid socially distanced homage to New York City as themes of voting and racial justice punctuated the night.

Host Keke Palmer, known for her role in last year's film "Hustlers," opened the show with an emotional cold-open paying tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who just died after of cancer.

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd -- whose wins included the coveted Video of The Year -- then launched into a performance of the hit "Blinding Lights" atop a viewing deck protruding off a Manhattan skyscraper, 1,000 feet in the air.

Lady Gaga took home trophies including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Rain on Me," her collaboration with Ariana Grande.

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The 34-year-old also won the show's inaugural "Tricon Award," which recognises an artist who is highly accomplished across three or more disciplines.

Grande and fellow pop star Justin Bieber won Best Music Video From Home for "Stuck With You," while Latin boy band CNCO won Best Quarantine Performance for "Unplugged At Home."

And while American pop regulars including Gaga, Grande and Taylor Swift all took home trophies, they were upset in their genre's primary category by Korean megastars BTS, which won for Best Pop for "On."

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion -- currently basking in the glow of her recent success with Cardi B for their raunchy hit "WAP" -- won Best Hip Hop for "Savage."

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