The 2020 MTV Music Awards, also known as the VMAs, took place on August 30 in New York City. The show was originally scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center, but it was given a miss owing to the ongoing global crisis. The artists took the stage in audience-free locations and was aired live online. The event was hosted by Keke Palmer and the ceremony was opened with a special dedication to Black Panther hero Chadwick Boseman who passed away on August 28 after a four year battle with colon cancer. His demise was a huge shock to industry members and fans around the world. The VMAs shared on its Twitter page, “RIP Chadwick Boseman. Tonight's #VMAs is dedicated to him.” MTV VMAs 2020: BTS Army Gear Up To Watch the K-Pop Band Perform 'Dynamite' For Their Debut Performance At Video Music Awards.

Host Keke Palmer in her opening monologue stated, “Before we get into the music tonight, we need to talk about the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman, an actor whose talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched and everyone he encountered.” The actress – singer – television personality further said, “We dedicated tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many. He’s a true hero, not just onscreen, but in everything he did. His impact lives forever.”

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

RIP True Hero

The Video Music Awards also showcased the late actor’s video in which Chadwick Boseman is seen accepting an MTV Movie Award in 2018, which was for his impeccable role in Black Panther. It also aired a black screen with the words “Rest in Power.”

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