MTV Video Music Awards: Everything you need to know about Sunday's big event
New York, New York – The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner, set to air live on Sunday. Here's everything you need to know before the award show kicks off.
This year, the VMAs return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, along with a live broadcast of the show.
Last year, the plans to hold the award show at the Barclays Center had to be scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, they were pre-recorded in a studio setting, with some performances filmed in various cities such as Los Angeles.
The 2021 VMAs will also include a live audience, something that was painfully absent from the pre-recorded show in 2020.
Unlike most award shows, the VMAs are fan-voted, meaning the fate of every artist in the show's 14 categories is entirely in the hands of the fans.
Who is hosting the VMAs and how to watch
The VMAs will be hosted by Doja Cat, who is also set to perform.
Additional appearances will include some top names in music, like Olivia Rodrigo, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, and Bieber – who will return to the VMA stage for the first time in six years.
One of the most highly-contested categories at this year's awards is that for Artist of The Year, which pens Bieber, Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat against one another.
Breakthrough 18-year-old artist, The Kid LaROI, earned two VMA nominations, with the first being Best New Artist, and the second for Push Performance of the Year.
Drake, whose sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy dropped on September 3, racked up five nominations, including one for Best Collaboration alongside Lil Durk.
The show will be broadcast live on MTV at 8 PM EST, but will also air on various other channels including CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and The CW.
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