At the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga was awarded the first-ever Tricon Award, an honor for a celeb who is a major name in music, acting, fashion, and activism. It almost felt like MTV made the award up completely for Gaga! Bella Hadid presented the Tricon Award to the bisexua; icon, who was referred to in the tribute as a “true LGBTQ+ hero.”
“You can’t just call her a triple threat because her talents and influence seem endless,” said Hadid. “She turns pop music into high art. She redefines fashion. She’s not only an incredible musician and composer, but a powerhouse actor. And she’s a bold champion for equality, human rights, and mental health. She is someone who inspires and empowers all of us. Lady Gaga is in a class of her own, and tonight, we celebrate her many gifts with the MTV Tricon Award.”
Along with the Tricon Award, Lady Gaga took home five awards, including Artist of the Year. Along with Ariana Grande, the singer performed “Rain on Me,” as well as a medley of other songs off her new album “Chromatica.”
“I truly never could have imagined that someday I would be given an award like this that honored me for so many of my passions,” she said. “I want you to know that I’ve failed over and over again as an actress and as a musician when I was young. So I gave back to the local community through service as a young woman in New York, philanthropy became a much bigger part of my life as a star.”
Gaga took to the stage to accept her award in a metallic costume with a bedazzled face mask. If you kept track, the singer sported seven different face masks throughout the night, proving that safety is sexy.
“I want to share this award with everybody at home tonight. Everybody at home that is their own form of a Tricon,” Gaga said as she accepted the award. “I wish for you to think right now of three things that define who you are and take a moment to reward yourself for your bravery. This has not been an easy year for a lot of people, but what I see in the world is a massive triumph of courage.”