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Award shows take red carpets from Hollywood to living rooms

With award show season making an entrance, it looks like viewers and celebrities will have a thing in common. They’ll all be in their living rooms. 

Over the course of seven months, COVID-19 has pushed public events and activities to be postponed or cancelled all together. However, networks, like BET, MTV, VMAs, and the ABC’s Emmys, didn’t let the pandemic shut down their execution of their music/TV award show. They were able to pull off their virtual show with pre-recorded performances by musical guests and pre-recorded monologues by the hosts.  

In the article, Did The BET Awards Set The Way For Virtual Award Shows?, written by Jori Ayers on Grit Daily News, Ayers expresses, “I don´t know about others, but in watching the BET Awards I felt like I was watching a whole grade A production. You could tell that each set was well thought out, and each performer took the time to plan out sets, choreography and more when it came to their performance.” 

Aside from putting in the work for virtual performances, viewers like Twitter user, Hillary Busis acknowledge artists´ long speeches.

Junior Vanessa Rennock also expresses, “The virtual performances made me appreciate the artists more because they would enhance and upgrade their performances for their fans to enjoy in this pandemic.” 

Back in June 28th, the BET awards, hosted by American actress and activist Amanda Seales, aired on television. At the same time, the U.S was dealing with the BLM protests regarding the murder of George Floyd back in May 25th. The concept of the show being virtual allowed artists, like Dababy and Roddy Ricch, to have more control over their productions and take their performances out on the streets to have more space for their big ideas. Regardless of having no live audience, Dababy and Roddy Ricch´s rap lyrics and visuals evoked viewers´ feelings of appreciation at the energy and powerful meaning behind his song “Rockstar”.  

Singers and sisters, Chloe and Halle, also attended the BET awards. They had their gorgeous performance, singing both “Forgive Me” and, their popular 2020 single, “Do It” set out in their backyard. Check out their behind the scenes footage here. 

With the conclusion of the BET awards, many people were excited for the VMAs, hosted by Keke Palmer. The VMAs this year included some first time performers, such as Dababy, BTS, and CNCO. Unlike Dababy and CNCO, the Korean group, BTS, weren´t in the U.S due to the pandemic. Although the boy group wasn’t able to perform live on the VMA stage, with the help of advanced technology and creative directors, BTS were still able to connect to American audiences, despite being on the other side of the world. 

During an interview with Vogue, plus a behind the scenes look for their VMA performance, BTS member Jungkook says, “I think the idea behind the performance is connecting New York and Seoul amidst COVID-19.” 

Similar to Chloe and Halle and BTS, singer, Doja Cat hopped on the behind the scenes train for the VMAs. Check out the creation of the choreography, costume designs, stage set ups, and more!

On September 20th, the Emmys, hosted by TV Personality, Jimmy Kimmel showcased on our television screens with phenomenal guest appearances and nominees. One highlighted moment throughout the show was the moment when 24-year-old actress Zendaya became the youngest actress to win in the “Lead Actress” category in a drama series, making history. Being away from the Emmy stage did not abate nor disguise viewers´ reaction and support for the 24-year-old actress. Many close friends to Zendaya recorded their reactions to her win from their homes with pure excitement. 

Through these unfortunate times away from friends and family, and postponed events, the technology behind the production of award shows, TV shows, and even zoom calls reminds us that there is still a way for us to stay connected. Staying connected from different time zones is a challenge, but seeing what BTS accomplished nudges us to remember how far technology has come. 

With more to come, look out for the Billboard Music Awards, BBMAs, on October 14th at 8 p.m EST, on NBC. Like they say in show business, “The show must go on!”