The 2020 MTV VMAs are technically airing “stay” on Sunday evening, however in actuality, they are not truly stay this yr. On account of the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the normally big, stay ceremony and evening of performances could not occur because it normally does, and reportedly, MTV’s resolution was to place collectively a broadcast assembled from pre-filmed footage — together with the awards themselves.
The majority of the show was filmed ahead of time in New York Metropolis. Anybody touring into New York to movie performances or different content material needed to quarantine for 3 to 4 days earlier than their scheduled filming time slot, and all crew on the set had been additionally regularly examined for the virus in order to adjust to CDC suggestions. For artists who did not wish to fly into New York or had been unable to, MTV helped them movie from Los Angeles utilizing inexperienced screens to make it seem they had been mixing into the New York units.
“Performers in Los Angeles had been all shot in-studio on a inexperienced display. Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Girl Gaga, Doja Cat all shot theirs on a display to make it seem like they had been in New York however they by no means got here right here,” a supply informed Web page Six.
It is reportedly not simply the performances that had been filmed forward of time. All the issues we would consider as being “stay” for a traditional award present, like “pink carpet” interviews, had been additionally pre-filmed and packaged in advance. Even the awards themselves (and the acceptance speeches!) had been pre-filmed throughout these fastidiously choreographed and quarantined manufacturing bubbles. It is smart, particularly for a production-heavy present like the VMAs, that any kind of stay present would merely not be possible with the social distancing nonetheless really useful for security throughout the pandemic. As an alternative of stay numbers from dwelling rooms and residential studios, MTV opted to search out the most secure manner attainable to nonetheless convey main manufacturing values, and sacrificing “stay” looks like an OK worth to pay!