Despite being stuck in their hometowns, a number of singers delivered performances on the night, including Keys, who performed her song “Love Looks Better” from Los Angeles.
For the occasion, Keys proved you can still embrace your inner diva while staying safe by wearing the face mask to end all face masks.
Sitting at her piano, the singer appeared with her entire face covered by a sheer balaclava that was encrusted with jewels.
Keys managed to get through most of her performance singing in the mask, before taking it off to reveal her face at the end.
The Girl On Fire singer also wore a matching bejewelled crop top, which she paired with beige cargo pants, brown heeled boots and a floor-length aviator-style coat that came trimmed with cream shearling.
Before the show began, Keys shared a photo of her outfit on social media alongside the caption: “What side of Alicia do ya’ll think this is? You’ll see tonight on the MTV EMAs.”
Her followers were quick to praise the singer for her daring look, with one person writing on Twitter: “That jacket is TOOOOOOO JIGGGYYYYYYYYY!!!!!”
Another person added: “It’s the outfit for me , cause I love it.”
Among the winners on the night were Little Mix who won the best pop and best UK and Ireland act, while K-pop band BTS won four prizes, including best song, best group, best virtual live and biggest fan base.
Critics on social media called Del Rey’s use of a mesh mask “irresponsible” and “a danger to herself and others” after images from the event showed her taking pictures with fans. Keys was not seen near any other performers or fans in her mask.
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