Pandemic or not, the MTV Video Music Awards will go on.
Just like other virtual awards shows that took place amid the coronavirus pandemic, MTV’s annual awards ceremony will go virtual this year but still plans to include the usual array of celebrity appearances and performances from top artists. The best part is the show will not be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center but there will be outdoor performances around New York City with very limited to no audience at all.
For someone who has been looking forward to this major event, it helps to know when and how you can watch it as well as other helpful information to stay updated. This year’s VMAs is unlike others in the past due to the pandemic.
First thing first, the VMAs will be on Sunday, August 30 at 8/7c. It will air on MTV and can be livestreamed on MTV.com or through the network’s app. It’s also available on streaming devices like Philo, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and AT&T TV Now with the Entertainment package.
According to the president of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, Bruce Gillmer, this year’s VMAs will be hosted by the Hustlers actress, Keke Palmer. He said that Keke’s energetic force and comedic wit will make this year’s show unforgettable.
Viewers will also be entertained with performances from Lady Gaga, BTS, The Weeknd Roddy Ricch, and Maluma. There will be performances from CNCO, Doja Cat, Balvin, and Miley Cyrus, too.
As far as nominations are concerned, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande topped the list this year with nine nominations each including their collaboration, “Rain on Me”, for Video of the Year. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd followed next with six nominations each while Taylor Swift has five nominations under her name. Fans can vote for their favorite artists at vma.mtv.com until August 23 except for the Best New Artist category where fans can vote until August 30 while the show’s going on.
Meanwhile, there are two timely categories which were added this year namely Best Quarantine Performance and Best Music Video From Home. Further, Best Alternative category is back after more than 20 years of being excluded.