How to live stream the 2019 MTV VMAs abroad for free

It’s one of the most anticipated events of the season! The 2020 MTV VMAs will take place on Sunday, August 30th at 8 PM ET (5 PM PT / 1 AM BST) in New York. The show will look a lot different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it will take place outdoors (in various locations throughout the city) with limited to no audience. This year’s awards will be hosted by actress and performer Keke Palmer who is sure to deliver a buzzworthy show.

Thankfully, whether you’re at home or abroad, you don’t have to miss out, as it’s possible to watch all the action live, online, and for free. In this post, we’ll explain how you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to live stream the MTV VMAs abroad for free.

Note that to watch the MTV VMAs online for free, you’ll need to use a VPN unless you’re in the US.

How to stream the MTV VMAs with a VPN

MTV’s parent company, Viacom, will be airing the VMAs on some of its channels, including MTV, MTV2, and a few others. While TV channels might show the awards, MTV live streams are limited to US viewers. However, if you’re traveling outside the US, by using a VPN to spoof your location, you can bypass the geo-restrictions and watch from another country.

Here’s how to watch the MTV VMAs online from anywhere:

  1. Sign up to your chosen VPN provider. We recommend ExpressVPN, but NordVPN and Surfshark are two great alternatives.
  2. Download the desktop client or mobile app for your particular device.
  3. Enter your credentials to log in to the app.
  4. Select a server located in the United States.
  5. Log in to, find the MTV VMAs live stream, and enjoy!

Hopefully, it will be as easy as it sounds, but issues can always crop up. As such, a test run well before the show starts is a good idea.

How to watch the MTV VMAs online for free in the US

The MTV VMAs will, of course, be broadcast on MTV, and are usually also shown on other related channels, including MTV2, VH1, and MTV Classic. While it hasn’t yet been announced for 2020, in previous years, the VMAs were shown across the Viacom network on channels including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, and TV Land.

If you’re in the US, you can watch the show online via the site. However, use of the live stream function does require that you log in with credentials from a US cable provider, such as AT&T, Spectrum, or DirecTV.

Cable provider signin page.

If you have such a subscription but are traveling outside the US when the award show airs, you can simply use a VPN to spoof your location (using the steps above).

If you don’t have a US TV service provider subscription, there is one more option. MTV offers a free 24-hour trial which gives you the perfect window to watch the VMAs. You can sign up through social login or by providing an email address.

MTV signin page.

You’ll then be granted a 24-hour pass:

24hour MTV pass

How to access MTV VMAs live streams from elsewhere

Viewers in other countries are limited when it comes to online viewing. MTV has a dedicated channel in many countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, and many more. These TV channels should all be showing the MTV VMAs live. However, the corresponding local versions of the MTV website (such as and don’t offer a live stream function.

Thankfully, you can still use a VPN to access the live stream. Unless you usually live in the US, it’s unlikely you’ll have a US cable provider subscription, so you’ll need to get a 24-hour pass (see the above section).

If you try to complete this process from outside the US without a VPN, you’ll be able to go through the steps for signing up with no issues. However, when you click Watch now, you’ll get an error message: “Sorry this video is no longer available due to rights or restrictions.”

The MTV error page.

All you need to do is connect to a US VPN server and you should be good to go.

Some streaming services do postpone their free trial periods for big events, but we’re hoping that won’t be the case here.

Who’s up for nomination for the 2020 MTV VMAs?

The nominees for this year’s awards were announced on July 23rd and there weren’t too many surprises. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead in terms of the number of nominations with nine nods each. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd aren’t too far behind with six nominations each.

Here are the nominees for a few of the top categories:

Video of the Year

  • The Weeknd — “Blinding Lights”
  • Billie Eilish — “everything i wanted”
  • Eminem ft. Juice WRLD — “Godzilla”
  • Future ft. Drake — “Life Is Good”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain On Me”
  • Taylor Swift — “The Man”

Artist of the Year

  • DaBaby
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Post Malone
  • The Weeknd

Song of the Year

  • Roddy Ricch — “The Box”
  • Post Malone — “Circles”
  • Billie Eilish — “everything i wanted”
  • Megan Thee Stallion — “Savage”
  • Doja Cat — “Say So”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain On Me”

Best Collaboration

  • Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid — “Beautiful People”
  • Future ft. Drake — “Life Is Good”
  • Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande — “Rain On Me”
  • Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin — “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber — “Stuck with U”
  • Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj — “Tusa”

Push Best New Artist

  • Doja Cat
  • Jack Harlow
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Tate McRae

Image credit: “Katy Perry at MTV Video Music Awards 2011” by Phillip Neilson licensed under CC BY 2.0.