While many awards shows have been delayed or cancelled since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US in 2020, the MTV Video Music Awards are scheduled to go forward at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on August 30, with “epic performances from all five boroughs,” though it remains to be seen how COVID-19 will affect the presentation of the awards and how musical performances will be showcased. Scroll down to see who’s taking the stage at the event, updating as additional names are announced.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are the biggest nominees with nine apiece at this year’s VMAs. Seven of those are for their collaboration “Rain on Me,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June shortly after the release of Gaga’s latest album “Chromatica.” Both women have impressive track records at these awards. Gaga has won a total of 13 prizes including Video of the Year for “Bad Romance” in 2010, while Grande has prevailed five times including Artist of the Year in 2019.
Billie Eilish and The Weeknd follow with six noms apiece. Eilish won three awards in 2019 including Best New Artist, but The Weeknd is still winless at these kudos. They’re both nominated for Video of the Year for “Everything I Wanted” and “Blinding Lights,” respectively. In addition to those and “Rain on Me,” the top category includes “Life is Good” by Future and Drake, “Godzilla” by Eminem and the late Juice WRLD, and “The Man” by Taylor Swift.
The winners in most VMA categories, including Video of the Year, are decided by fans voting online, so mobilizing your supporters is of paramount importance, and finding out your fave will show up to perform at the event couldn’t hurt. See who’s performing below, and check back for updates throughout the month until the August 30 telecast.