MTV announces the first round of performers for the 2020 VMAs
We are just under a month away from the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. Last week, the full list of nominations was announced. Now, MTV has shared the first three performers confirmed for this year's ceremony.
The 2020 VMAs is already set to be a memorable one. Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift made music history with last week's nominations. Eilish is the first artist in VMAs history to get two Video Of The Year nominations while still being in their teens.
Swift snagged a Video Of The Year nomination for “The Man,” off of Lover. Last year, she won the coveted award for her star-studded video “You Need To Calm Down.” She’s the first artist since Katy Perry to be nominated again in the top VMAs category after winning the previous year. In VMAs history, only three other artists have accomplished this feat - Eminem, Britney Spears and Beyonce.
Along with the nominations, MTV has now unveiled the first three performers for this year's ceremony. Doja Cat, J Balvin and K-Pop group BTS are all scheduled to perform. So far, it has not been confirmed which songs each artist will be performing. However, we can likely expect Doja Cat to perform her hit single "Say So" during the award ceremony.
J Balvin is nominated four times for this year's Video Music Awards. Three of his songs, two of them being collaborations, are nominated in the Best Latin category. His song “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” with Black Eyed Peas is also nominated for Best Collaboration.
As well, BTS earned three nominations this year. Their single "ON" is included in the Best Pop, Best K-Pop and Best Choreography categories. It is likely that BTS will include "ON" in their first-ever VMAs live performance.
MTV pushed back the VMAs to Aug. 30 due to coronavirus. At this time, no specific information regarding the health and safety plans for this year's event is known.
Back in May, a representative for MTV said that the company is exploring various ways it can safely hold the event this year in Brooklyn.
“We’re exploring with government officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center on August 30th,” a spokesperson told Billboard in a statement. “The health of everyone involved remains our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere.”
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo then confirmed that the event is scheduled to go on as planned and that “the event will follow all safety guidance including limited or no audience.”
Most recently, MTV has further stated that performances will be held at “various iconic locations” throughout NYC in a celebration of New York’s resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.
The full list of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations is available to read here.
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