ATTN: Bad Bunny is Performing at the 2022 VMAs

ATTN: Bad Bunny is Performing at the 2022 VMAs
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Like clockwork, MTV simultaneously wraps up summer and celebrates the biggest names in music and entertainment with its annual Video Music Awards. The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards are otw, and this year's lineup features a massive list of chart-topping nominees that we absolutely adore.

If you're super excited to find out who is nominated for a moon person or who will be hitting the stage to perform, read ahead for everything we know about the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

When are the MTV Video Music Awards?

Get ready because the highly anticipated show will return to Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center for the first time in three years on Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. EST.

Viewers will be able to catch the live show, which will be simultaneously broadcasted on MTV, the CW Network, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, and VH1.

Who is hosting the 2022 VMAs?

Video Vanguard recipient Nicki Minaj will be emceeing the 2022 VMAs alongside nominee Jack Harlow and LL Cool J. MTV shared the news on August 18 via Twitter.

According to a report by Billboard, Nicki, Jack, and LL Cool J will be taking a "more innovative and unique approach" to announce the show's lineup of performers, presenters, and winners. This will also mark the first time the VMAs has been hosted by more than two people since "Downtown" Julie Brown, Carolyne Heldman, Michael Tomioka, Kevin Seal, and Dweezil Zappa did the honors in 1987.

Who is nominated for this year's VMAs?

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, and Kendrick Lamar are tied for the most VMA nominations with seven each. Harry Styles and Doja Cat come in as a close second each with six nominations, while Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, and Drake all have five noms each.

Who is receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV VMAs?

Calling all Barbz — the queen of rap, Nicki Minaj, is set to receive this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The "Super Bass" rapper has been a legend in the music industry for over a decade and has received 17 VMAs nominations over the course of her career, including this year's award for "Best Hip-Hop." She has also taken home the iconic moon person award five times since her VMAs debut in 2011.

"Nicki has broken barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and creative artistry," said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. "She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically 'Nicki.'"

Which artists are performing at this year's VMAs?

Dove Cameron, Yung Gravy, and Saucy Santana are taking the stage at the VMAs pre-show, which takes place on Sunday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Since Nicki Minaj is receiving the Video Vanguard Award at this year's ceremony, we can definitely expect an epic performance from the rapper. Lizzo will perform her latest single, "2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)" on the VMAs stage, while Jack Harlow is making his solo VMAs debut after performing "Industry Baby" alongside Lil Nas X in 2021. K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK is also slated to make their U.S. award show debut with their first performance of "Pink Venom," the first single off their second studio album, Born Pink.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will be receiving the Global Icon Award, are also taking the VMAs stage for the first time in two decades while Bad Bunny will perform live from Yankee Stadium in New York. More performers include Panic! At The Disco, who will be returning to the VMAs stage for the first time since 2018 to debut their new single, "Middle of a Breakup." Colombian superstar J Balvin, Brazilian sensation Anitta, and Marshmello and Khalid are set to perform as well. Kane Brown will also be making MTV Video Music Awards history as the first male country artist to perform on the show. He graces the Toyota Stage to deliver the first-time performance of his upcoming single, "Grand." However, this isn't his first time being recognized by the VMAs. Last year, Kane was the only country artist to receive a 2021 nomination.

How can fans participate in the 2022 Video Music Awards?

Viewers will be able to cast their votes for up to 16 categories, including Video Of The Year, Artist Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, and Best Collaboration.

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