MTV VMAS 2022: who’s playing and everything you need to know

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The MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday evening, and there is much to look forward to. Some of the most iconic performances of recent years include Britney Spears’ legendary performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U” in which she wore a python on her shoulders while dancing.

Besides the performances, there were plenty of memorable pop culture moments on the VMA stage, like when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to voice his opinion that Beyoncé should have won her award instead.

With an impressive roster of performers and a few new additions to the show this year, the show should be just as exciting as ever, if not more so.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this year’s VMAs.

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How to watch

The awards show will be available for viewing on MTV, as well as other networks owned by Paramount, Viacom and CBS.

The awards show will be available for viewing on MTV, as well as other networks owned by Paramount, Viacom and CBS.
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The MTV VMAs air on MTV at 8:00 p.m. and will simulcast on other Paramount, Viacom, and CBS-affiliated networks, including The CW, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1. It is not yet known if it will air on Paramount+.

Performers

Jack Harlow will perform solo at the VMAs this year for the first time after debuting last year in a performance with Lil Nas X.

Jack Harlow will perform solo at the VMAs this year for the first time after debuting last year in a performance with Lil Nas X.
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This year’s awards show is filled with incredible performances that are sure to entertain the audience. K-pop girl group Blackpink is set to debut in the United States award ceremony debut, and Jack Harlow is set to perform solo on the VMAs stage for the first time after performing last year with Lil Nas X.

Other artists include Lizzo, Måneskin, J Balvin, Anitta and Panic! At the disco. They will be joined by Marshmello and Khalid, who are expected to perform their song “Numb”. For the first time in VMA history, the show will feature a country artist as Kane Brown is set to perform on the big night.

Brown’s performance is set to be quite unique as it is said to incorporate elements of the virtual world. It is described as a mixed reality performance. Brown previously told Fox News Digital that fans “can expect this to be something they’ve never seen before.”

Nominees

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack in nominations alongside Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow.  They each have seven nominations.

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack in nominations alongside Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow. They each have seven nominations.
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Leading the pack in terms of nominations this year are Kendrick Lamar, Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X with seven nominations each. Lil Nas X and Harlow are nominated together for their collaboration on the song “Industry Baby,” as well as separately for Artist of the Year, alongside Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Drake, Bad Bunny and Harry Styles.

Styles and Doja Cat come in second with six nominations each, and Sheeran, Billie EilishDrake, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd come in third with five nominations each.

Artists nominated for the night’s most coveted award, Video of the Year, include Doja Cat for ‘Woman’, Drake for ‘Way 2 Sexy’, Ed Sheeran for ‘Shivers’, Harry Styles for ‘As It Was ”, Lil Nas X and Harlow for “Industry Baby” and Olivia Rodrigo for “brutal”.

Vanguard Award Recipient

Nicki Minaj is this year's recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  The award is given to an artist who has made an impact on pop culture.

Nicki Minaj is this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The award is given to an artist who has made an impact on pop culture.
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The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is given annually to the artist who has consistently released videos that have had a significant impact on videos released by other artists and pop culture in general. This year, the award goes to rapper Nicki Minaj.

“Nicki broke down barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative flair,” Bruce Gillmer, president of music, musical talent, programming and events at Paramount+, said in a statement. communicated. “She changed the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continues to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”

Not only is Minaj receiving the coveted award, but she’s also making her return to the VMAs stage after being absent for four years. She is expected to perform a medley of her greatest hits and she is thrilled to have her fans tuning in.

“Getting the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 #VMAs!” she wrote on Instagram. “You DO NOT!!!! I REPEAT!!!! You do NOT want to miss my performance.”

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New category

Ariana Grande is one of the nominees for the new category this year, celebrating the best performance in the Metaverse.

Ariana Grande is one of the nominees for the new category this year, celebrating the best performance in the Metaverse.
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In addition to Brown’s mixed reality performance, MTV has added a new category to the awards ballot for Best Metaverse Performance. Nominees for the new category include Ariana GrandeBlackpink, BTS, Charli XCX, Justin Bieber and Twenty One Pilots.

“The MTV Video Music Awards has a long history of social and digital innovation, as we always seek to meet our fans where they are,” said Amy Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer, Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios.

Organizing concerts in the metaverse consists of filming a performance so that it can be broadcast in a virtual reality world. Artists like Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Zara Larson, and Future have performed on virtual reality video games like Fortnite and Roblox.

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Fans were able to vote for their favorite Metaverse performance in the Video Music Awards experience on Roblox in partnership with Super League Gaming until the big night.

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