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July 30, 2020

A few lucky artists are about to put everyone else's quarantine productivity to shame by winning an MTV Video Music Award entirely from home.

MTV on Thursday announced the nominees for this year's Video Music Awards, which will still be held next month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly, though, the show will be taking place in quite an unusual year, as evident by the nominations themselves. MTV this time around has added the new awards of best quarantine performance and best music video from home.

The first (and hopefully last) ever nominees in the former category are Chloe & Halle, CNCO, DJ D-Nice, John Legend, Lady Gaga, and Post Malone, while in the latter category, the nominees are 5 Seconds of Summer for "Wildflower," Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber for "Stuck with U," blink-182 for "Happy Days," Drake for "Toosie Slide," John Legend for "Bigger Love," and twenty one pilots for "Level of Concern," per Variety.

Gaga and Grande lead the nominations with nine each, while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd both picked up six nominations and Taylor Swift got five, The Wrap reports. Check out the full list of nominees here.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced last month, although there will be either a limited or no audience, and it will feature "performances from various iconic locations throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island," according to MTV. The show is set for Aug. 30. Brendan Morrow

May 10, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of three members on the White House coronavirus task force who will self-quarantine after coming into contact with a White House staffer who tested positive for the virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn are also entering self-quarantine.

Fauci's contact was "low risk" because he was not in close proximity to the person, who has not been identified. It's unclear if the contact was Katie Miller, the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, who is known to have tested positive and often attends task force meetings.

Fauci's "modified quarantine" plan is to work from home while occasionally going to his empty office, wear a mask continually, and get tested every day (he said he has already tested negative). If he is called into testify before the Senate next week as expected, however, he plans to attend while taking every precaution, CNN reports. If anything changes before then, and Fauci needs to testify remotely, the Senate will reportedly accommodate that. Read more at CNN and NBC News. Tim O'Donnell

April 6, 2020

Some of the world's biggest stars are set for a cross-network, Lady Gaga-curated virtual concert amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Global Citizen and the World Health Organization on Monday announced One World: Together at Home, a "global special in support of the fight against COVID-19" that will air later this month on numerous networks including ABC, NBC, and CBS, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Lady Gaga joined the World Health Organization at a press briefing on Monday to help announce this event, which will be hosted by late night's Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert and feature appearances and performances by stars including Alanis Morissette, Billie Eilish, Chris Martin, Elton John, John Legend, Idris Elba, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and more. The show will also feature interviews with experts and "highlight stories from the world's health care heroes."

Elton John previously hosted a "Living Room Concert for America" featuring major stars performing from home that raised almost $8 million for coronavirus relief.

"It has been an honor to help with this huge broadcast event ... where we need to tell the stories of and celebrate the front-line community, health care workers and their acts of kindness," Gaga said at the WHO briefing. She also explained that this is "not actually a fundraiser" because $35 million has already been raised for the World Health Organization, although "we are going to continue fundraising," she said.

"We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music," said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "The One World: Together at Home concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat."

The concert is set to air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 18. Brendan Morrow

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