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MTV has announced a number of performers for its 2020 Video Music Awards
For Lady Gaga, who released the album Chromatica earlier this year, this will mark the world premiere televised performance of her latest release and the singer’s first return to the VMAs stage since 2013.
Gaga will be joined by Grande for a performance of their duet, “Rain on Me,” which was nominated for seven VMAs, including video of the year. Their pairing will mark the first live performance of the track.
BTS’ performance will mark their first ever at MTV’s VMAs. For the event, the K-pop superstars — including band members RM, Suga, V, J-Hope, Jin, Jingkook and Jimin — will give the live TV debut of their new single “Dynamite, which is scheduled for an Aug. 21 release. The septet is nominated for awards in three categories this year for their epic “On” visual: best pop, best K-pop and best choreography.
Cyrus will perform her new single, Midnight Sky. Cyrus has a long association with the VMAs, including serving as host in 2015 and performing four times over the years, making headlines with her 2013 appearance alongside Robin Thicke. She last appeared in 2019 to perform Slide Away.
Doja Cat — who catapulted into mainstream stardom this year with her viral hit “Say So” — is nominated in three categories as well, including song of the year, best new artist and best direction.
The Weeknd — up for six awards, including the top prize of video of the year — is returning to the stage after his 2015 VMAs debut. CNCO has two nominations, and Maluma earned one nod.
Black Eyed Peas, who have won two VMAs and been nominated 10 times will perform their newest single “Vida Loca” for the first time.
“Looking back, I can’t believe Black Eyed Peas have never played the MTV Video Music Awards. Fifteen years after we played the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show at Radio City in New York, to be on the top of the charts and on the MTV VMA big stage is a blessing,” Black Eyed Peas’ founding member will.i.am said. “Thanks to our fans who made this all possible, and we’re going to give them something very special with our first-ever performance of ‘Vida Loca.'”
DaBaby is up for three VMAs this year, including artist of the year.
Stars set to present during the awards show include Anthony Ramos, Bebe Rexha, Bella Hadid, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith, Joey King, Kelly Clarkson, Machine Gun Kelly, Madison Beer, Nicole Richie, Sofia Carson and Travis Barker.
While Roddy Ricch and J Balvin were originally announced as performers for the awards show, they announced just days before the ceremony that they would no longer be taking the stage.
Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each, closely followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations apiece.
This year’s VMAs will feature outdoor performances throughout New York City to pay tribute to the area hit significantly hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic this spring.
The awards show will be executive produced by ViacomCBS Media Networks’ president of music, music talent, programming and events Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic. Den of Thieves’ Barb Bialkowski will serve as co-executive producer.
The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Keke Palmer, will air live on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Aug. 11, 11:07 a.m. This story has been updated with additional VMA performers The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma and CNCO.
Aug. 17, 9:16 a.m. This story has been updated with additional performers Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
Aug. 18, 1:22 p.m. This story has been updated to add that Grande will be performing with Lady Gaga.
Aug. 23, 4:54 p.m. This story has been updated to add that Black Eyed Peas and DaBaby will be performing at the VMAs.
Aug. 24, 11:48 a.m. This story has been updated to reflect that Roddy Ricch and J Balvin will no longer be performing at the VMAs.
Aug. 30, 4:12 p.m. This story has been updated with VMA presenters.
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