On July 20, MTV released its first promo for the MTV Video Music Awards directed by Floria Sigismondi, whose past credits include VMA winning videos like Justin Timberlake‘s “Mirrors” as well as TV shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “American Gods.” But we don’t know who the nominees are yet, nor do we know who will host the event, which will take place on Sunday, August 27. So who do you think should preside over the 2017 ceremony? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
There was no VMAs host last year, but in recent years the gig has gone to comedians like Russell Brand (2008-2009), Chelsea Handler (2010) and Kevin Hart (2012), as well as music stars including Sean Combs (2005) and Miley Cyrus (2015). If they go the comedian route again, they couldn’t go wrong with Ricky Gervais, who famously — or infamously, depending on who you ask — hosted the Golden Globe Awards four times (2010-2012, 2016) with the kinds of sharp-edged barbs that would fit right in on the outlandish VMAs stage.
Given her stature and her often no-holds-barred style, it’s kind of surprising Sarah Silverman hasn’t hosted the show already. She has a couple of fresh Emmy nominations for her recent Netflix comedy special “A Speck of Dust,” so she’s back in the spotlight. Also with Emmy nominations this year are “Saturday Night Live” standouts Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, who have made names for themselves above and beyond their work in the NBC sketch comedy.
Or MTV could opt for a proven host. The VMAs gig has previously gone to talk show hosts like Dennis Miller, Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon (though Fallon hosted before his talk show career). So what better choice than “Late Late Show” star James Corden, who has earned raves for hosting the 2016 Tony Awards and the 2017 Grammy Awards. And his viral “Carpool Karaoke” series makes him uniquely well suited to preside over one of music’s biggest events.
Samantha Bee sure knows how to hold court on “Full Frontal,” so she could bring some of that passionate fervor to the VMAs. And “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah just won Best Host at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, so why not invite him on as host of the network’s biggest show?
Among musicians who might make great hosts, Justin Timberlake is an accomplished showman and actor — and a multiple VMA winner to boot — so his versatility would serve him well when juggling the comedy and music of the night. Fellow VMA champ Lady Gaga also knows how to put on a good show, and admit it — you’d love to see her host for the costume changes alone.
Finding a host who straddles the movie and TV worlds might be especially ideal. In that case, who better than Donald Glover? He’s a Grammy and VMA nominated hip-hop artist under the name Childish Gambino, and now he’s a four-time Emmy nominee for his work as a writer, director, producer and star of the FX comedy “Atlanta.”
Vote in our poll below. Which of these stars would you pick to host the VMAs? If you don’t think any of these stars would fit the bill, let us know who you’d pick instead in the comments.