BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin are booked to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will air live on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET / PT.
This will be VMA’s first performance for BTS and Doja Cat, and the second year in a row that J Balvin has done the show. The Latin crossover star performed “Qué Pretendes” last year in tandem with Bad Bunny.
BTS will perform their new single, “Dynamite,” which is slated for release on August 21. BTS is looking to defend their victory in VMA 2019 in the best K-pop category with “On”. Plus, he was nominated for Best Pop for the first time with that same hit.
Doja Cat is nominated for three awards, including Song of the Year for “Say So” and PUSH for Best New Artist. Cat and Roddy Ricch are the only artists nominated in these two top categories.
Balvin has four nominations, including three nods for Best Latin – a category he has won over the past two years for “Con Altura” (a collaboration with Rosalía with El Guincho, 2019) and “Mi Gente” (a collaboration with Willy William, 2018).
Other artists will be announced soon.
Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd each have six.
Fans can vote for their favorites in 15 gender-neutral categories, including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year, by visiting vma.mtv.com through August 23. Voting for Best New Artist PUSH, presented by Chime Banking (the full name version of this award) will remain active until the show is underway on August 30.
It’s unclear at this point how much of the show will air from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and how much will be shot remotely. But even before the pandemic, VMAs have a habit of incorporating distant elements. The idea at the time was to add a new element. The goal now is to put on a show that will protect artists and teams and meet the demands of city and state.
Last year, Jonas Brothers performed “Sucker” and “Only Human” by The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ
In 2018, Nicki Minaj performed a medley live from the PATH World Trade Center station in lower Manhattan.
The 2017 show included two pre-recorded performances from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas – “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato and Rod Stewart teaming up with DNCE on “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
In 2015, three performances were recorded live outside the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and guest stars “Downtown”, “Cool for the Summer” by Lovato and Iggy Azalea and ” Freedom ”by Pharrell Williams.
In 2013, Katy Perry closed the show with a performance of “Roar” shot at Empire-Fulton Ferry Park in Brooklyn.
Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are the executive producers of this year’s telecast. This is the third year in a row they’ve shared this responsibility, but Ignjatovic has held the position since 2007. Gillmer, who turns 57 on Thursday (August 6), made his debut as a talent coordinator for MTV in 1987. He produced the MTV Europe Music Awards, often referred to as the EMAs, for many years.
Barbara Bialkowski is the co-executive producer of this year’s VMAs. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba are executives in charge of production. Lisa Lauricella is executive in charge of musical talents. Wendy Plaut is an executive in charge of celebrity talent.