If in 2020 MTV was forced by the pandemic context to hold an atypical VMA gala, without audience and with scattered scenes in various locations in New York, this year the event returns to the classic format. Gala MTV VMA 2021 will take place on September 12, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and will be presented by Doja Cat, the artist being also confirmed on the list of performers and nominated in the Video of the Year category.
The first will be awarded at this year’s gala Global Icon Award. The distinction will go to Foo Fighters for “unparalleled career and impact maintained over the years at a unique level of global success, in music and beyond”. Justin Bieber will also be, most likely, awarded, being nominated in 7 categories. You can find the complete list of nominations here.
The list of artists who will perform at MTV VMA 2021 is long and includes a large proportion of mainstream artists who have had releases in the last year. Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes and Lil Nas X are on this list, surprise shows are not excluded.
Lorde was also initially confirmed at the event, but the artist countermanded her appearance due to last minute changes in production elements.
The complete list of artists who will play at MTV VMA 2021:
- Alicia Keys & Swae Lee – “LALA”
- Camila Cabello – “Don’t Go Yet”
- Chlöe of Chloe x Halle – “Have Mercy”
- Doja Cat
- Jack Harlow – “INDUSTRY BABY”
- Justin Bieber
- Kacey Musgraves – “Star-Crossed”
- The Kid LAROI – “Stay”
- Kim Petras
- Lil Nas X
- Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker – “papercuts”
- Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”
- Polo G
- Shawn Mendes & Tainy – “Summer Of Love”
- Swedish House Mafia
- twenty one pilots – “Saturday”
Which artists / celebrities will announce the winners of MTV VMA 2021
The event will be attended by AJ McLean, Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, Billie Eilish, Billy Porter, Conor McGregor, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Fat Joe, Hailey Bieber, Halle Bailey, Ja Rule, Lance. Bass, Megan Fox, Nick Lachey, Rita Ora, Simone Biles and Travis Barker.
How to watch the MTV VMA 2021 gala
The MTV VMA 2021 gala can be watched live online on vma.mtv.com, but also on MTV’s YouTube channel. The event will also be broadcast on TV, by CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1.