The MTV VMA Awards will air across the MTV family of channels beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. on Sunday, August 27. Katy Perry is hosting the 34th annual edition of the Video Music Awards at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, California. In between the presentations of prizes, there will be plenty of performances, including at least one by Perry.
Also on the bill are a slew of other big names, including Miley Cyrus, DNCE, Fifth Harmony, Khalid, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Lorde, Gucci Mane, Shawn Mendes, Julia Michaels, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, Thirty Seconds to Mars and The Weeknd. Pink, who is to be given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, will also perform. And Taylor Swift will debut the video for her new single “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for “Humble,” which is is up for seven awards including Video of the Year. He has an eighth nomination for Artist of the Year. That category was created as a way to consolidate the Best Male Video and Best Female Video awards into a single gender-neutral category. Tied for second place are Perry and The Weeknd, with five nominations each followed by Bruno Mars with four.
Our official racetrack odds are predicting five wins for Lamar: Video of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects, all for “Humble.” The only races he’s expected to lose are Artist of the Year, Best Art Direction, and Best Choreography.
Artist of the Year will go to Ariana Grande and Best New Artist is tipped to be Khalid. Best Collaboration will be won by “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller. Best Pop Video will go for the first time to Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”). Twenty One Pilots will win Best Rock Video for the second straight year, this time for “Heavydirtysoul.” The Best Dance Video is predicted to be “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara. And the Best Fight Against the System will be “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done),” a commentary against nationalism and xenophobia from the “Hamilton Mixtape.”
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