2020 MTV Video Music Awards: Keke Palmer hosting; performers include Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, BTS, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Maluma, CNCO

August 24, 2020

Keke Palmer (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for IFP)

Miley Cyrus is set to perform her new single, “Midnight Sky,” which she released to rave reviews.

Lady Gaga will bring her chart-topping album, Chromatica, to life at this year’s 2020 “VMAs” for the world premiere televised performance of her latest release. This marks her first return to the “VMAs” stage since 2013.

Ariana Grande to join Lady Gaga for performance of “Rain on Me.”

First-time performances from BTS and Roddy Ricch; second-ever appearance from The Weeknd, who last took the “VMAs” stage in 2015.

This will be BTS’ TV debut of their new, English-only single, “Dynamite,” set to be released on August 21.

The following performers are also 2020 “VMAs” nominees:

Ariana Grande: 9 nominations (Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration [“Rain on Me”], Best Collaboration [“Stuck with U”]. Best Pop, Best Music Video From Home, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Choreography)

Lady Gaga: 9 nominations (Video of the Year, Artist of the Year Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Quarantine Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Choreography)

The Weeknd: 6 nominations (Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best R&B Video, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing)

J Balvin4 nominations (Best Collaboration, Best Latin x3)

BTS3 nominations (Best Pop, Best K-Pop, Best Choreography)

Roddy Ricch3 nominations (Song of the Year, PUSH Best New Artist, Best Hip-Hop Video)

Doja Cat3 nominations (Song of the Year, PUSH Best New Artist, Best Direction

CNCO2 nominations (Best Quarantine Performance, Best Choreography)

Maluma1 nomination (Best Latin Video)

Chloe x Halle, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Tate McRae and Machine Gun Kelly featuring Travis Barker and Blackbear, are set to perform during the 2020 “VMAs” Pre-Show airing on Sunday, August 30 at 6:30pm ET/PT. Hosted by Nessa and Jamila Mustafa, the 90-minute event will include jaw-dropping performances, celebrity interviews and coast-to-coast coverage from celebrity correspondents, Kevan Kenney and Travis Mills.

This year’s show will honor “Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers,” brought to you by EXTRA® Gum, celebrating the best performances by first responders – doctors, nurses, and other frontline medical workers – who kept everyone going with their impromptu and off-the-cuff performances. Nominees include:

Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William Robinson – “Imagine”

Dr. Nate Wood – “Lean on Me”

Jefferson University Hospital’s Swab Squad – “Level Up”

Jason “Tik Tok Doc” Campbell

Lori Marie Key – “Amazing Grace”

PUSH Best New Artist, presented by Chime BankingThe top three finalists include: Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi and YUNGBLUD. Fans can vote for their favorite artist by direct messaging @VMAs on Twitter until August 28.

Social Categories: 

BEST GROUP: Fans can vote until August 26 for “Best Group” by swiping up on MTV’s Instagram Story. Nominees include:

5 Seconds of Summer

The 1975

BLACKPINK

BTS

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Little Mix

MONSTA X

Now United

Twenty One Pilots

SONG OF THE SUMMER: Starting August 26, fans can vote for the “Song of the Summer” in a bracket-style voting on MTV’s Instagram Story. Nominees include:

BLACKPINK – “How You Like That”

Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch – “Rockstar”

DJ Khaled featuring Drake – “Popstar”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Dua Lipa – “Break My Heart”

Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

Jack Harlow – “Whats Poppin”

Lil Baby featuring 42 Dugg – “We Paid”

Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé – “Savage (Remix)”

Miley Cyrus – “Midnight Sky”

Pop Smoke featuring 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch – “The Woo”

SAINt JHN – “Roses”

Saweetie – “Tap In”

Taylor Swift – “Cardigan”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

NOMINATIONSAriana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each, closely followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations. Full nominee list here.

VOTINGFans can vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Quarantine Performance,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com through August 23, 2020. Voting for “PUSH Best New Artist, Presented by Chime Banking,” will remain open until August 28.

PRODUCTION CREDITS: Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are Executive Producers for the 2020 “VMAs.” Barb Bialkowski is Co-Executive Producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba serve as Executives in Charge of Production. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Lisa Lauricella is Music Talent Executive.

SPONSORSOfficial sponsors of the 2020 “MTV Video Music Awards” include Burger King®, Chime Banking, Coors Light, EXTRA® Gum, and PEPSI® .

2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival: lineup of performers announced

June 4, 2019

The following is a press release from iHeartMedia:

iHeartMedia announced the lineup for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival, the annual legendary concert event on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at Las Vegas’ hottest entertainment venue, T-Mobile Arena. This year, the epic two-day lineup will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and more. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will once again feature one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances.

The Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday, September 21 with performances by Juice WRLD, Maren Morris, Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine and Lauv, with more to be announced. In addition to live performances from today’s emerging artists, the Daytime Stage will also feature fan zones and interactive experiences by iHeartRadio’s brand partners.

“Year after year, the iHeartRadio Music Festival continues to captivate audiences nationwide,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “Since its inception in 2011, this festival has become the can’t miss music event of the year. We’re thrilled to once again bring the world’s biggest artists together on one stage for one incredible weekend.”

Each night, the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival will broadcast live for fans via iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country across more than 150 markets. The CW Network will broadcast a two-night television special on Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST/PST. Leading up to the official television special, The CW will also air an hour-long Best Of Special on Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. In addition, The CW will exclusively livestream both nights of the festival via The CW App and CWTV.com.

“Each year we strive to live up to our reputation as the most diverse music festival in the world,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “This year we have the best in class from all genres of music performing indoors and out, all weekend long.”

Beginning Tuesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST through Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, Capital One cardholders will have access to a special pre-sale for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Tickets will be available only at iHeartRadio.com/CapitalOne. Additionally, Capital One cardholders can purchase an exclusive Capital One Access Pass which includes an intimate acoustic performance with Cage The Elephant, a meet and greet with the band and a backstage tour of T-Mobile Arena. Tickets go on sale to the general public on June 14 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST via AXS.com. Tickets for the Daytime Stage are also on sale and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com.

In addition, throughout a summer-long on-air and online promotion, iHeartMedia station listeners across the country will have the chance to win a one-of-a-kind dream trip to Las Vegas where they will join thousands of other dedicated music fans to experience the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena.

Proud partners of this year’s event include: Capital One(R), The CW Network, Macy’s, Progressive(R) Insurance, T-Mobile, Taco Bell(R) and Tic Tac with more to be announced.

The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, and Tom Poleman. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.

Artists and/or event are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

About iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is the #1 audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 848 live broadcast stations; its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, smartphones, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK:IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

2019 Grammy Awards: Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. added to performer lineup

January 31, 2019

by Carla Hay

Grammy Awards

Diana Ross
Diana Ross at the 2017 American Music Awards (Photo courtesy of ABC/Image Group LA)

Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandi Carlile and H.E.R. have been added to the performing lineup at the 61st Grammy Awards, which will take place at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on February 10, 2019. It hasn’t been announced what songs they will be performing. As previously announced, Alicia Keys is hosting the show, which will have its U.S. telecast on CBS.

Previously announced artists include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and Kacey Musgraves.

The 61st Grammy Awards show is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Chantel Sausedo is the producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

Ross is celebrating her 75th birthday this year with a “Diamond Diana” performance that will no doubt be a medley of some of her biggest hits.

It’s a tradition for most of the artists performing at a Grammy Awards ceremony are those who are nominated for Grammys that year. Most of the aforementioned artists have Grammy nominations in 2019. Cabello, Carlile and Mendes will be performing at the Grammy Awards for the first time.

Cabello’s Grammy nominations this year are for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Havana [Live]” and Best Pop Vocal Album for her solo debut album, “Camila.” Cabello is a former member of Fifth Harmony.

Cardi B has five Grammy nominations this year. Her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” is up for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album; “Girls Like You,” her her hit collaboration with Maroon 5, is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance; her song “I Like It” is one of the contenders for Record of the Year; and her song “Be Careful” is  up for Best Rap Performance.

Carlile is nominated for six Grammys: Her song “The Joke” is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song, while her album “By the Way, I Forgive You” is a contender for Album of the Year and Best Americana Album.

Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

H.E.R. is one of the nominees for Best New Artist, while her self-titled album is up for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. She also nominated for Best R&B Performance (for “Best Part”) and Best R&B Song (for “Focus”).

Lipa is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for “Electricity.”

Malone has four Grammy nominations: Album of the Year (for “Beerbongs & Bentleys“); his “Better Now” single is up for Best Pop Solo Performance; and his “Rockstar” collaboration with 21 Savage is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Mendes’ self titled album is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, while his single “In My Blood” is a contender for Song of the Year.

Monáe has two Grammy nominations this year: “Dirty Computer” is up for Album of the Year, while she has a Best Music Video nod for “PYNK.”

Musgraves received four Grammy nominations this year:  “Golden Hour” is up for Album of the Year and Best Country Album; “Butterflies” is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance; and “Space Cowboy” is a contender for Best Country Song.

2017 Teen Choice Awards: Miley Cyrus to receive Ultimate Choice Award; Shawn Mendes and other celebrity guest appearances announced

August 4, 2017

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABC)

The following is a press release from Fox:

Singer/songwriter, actress, artist, philanthropist and 18-time Teen Choice winner Miley Cyrus will accept the show’s highest honor, the Ultimate Choice Award, for her involvement in Teen Choice for more than a decade. Cyrus is one of six artists/performers in Teen Choice history to be honored with this award and is nominated for four additional Teen Choice awards this year. The star-studded two-hour event airs Sunday, August 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox.

Additionally, the cast from the Teen Choice-nominated Fox show “Star” – Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny (nominated individually for Choice Breakout TV Star) and Brittany O’Grady – are set to perform the world premiere of “Ain’t Thinkin Bout You,” from the show’s upcoming second season, premiering Wednesday, September 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox.

Also, Kaitlin Olson, star of Fox’s “The Mick”; and Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, stars of Fox’s new comedy “Ghosted” are set to appear, as well as singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes, singer/songwriter Camila Cabello, actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) and YouTube star Liza Koshy.

As previously announced, performances include Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha; Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson; an opening number featuring KYLE, Lil Yachty and Rita Ora; hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; and French Montana, featuring Swae Lee with Uganda’s Triplets Ghetto Kids. Maroon 5 is confirmed to receive the highly coveted “Decade Award,” joining previously announced celebrities, including Ed Sheeran, Zendaya, Millie Bobby Brown, Gal Gadot, Tyler Hoechlin, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Olivia Munn, Bella Thorne, Katherine Langford, Maddie Ziegler, Grace Vanderwaal and Marshmello.

Tickets for Teen Choice 2017 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles are now on sale to the general public at galentix.com/.

“Like” Teen Choice 2017 on Facebook at facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwards. Follow the action on Twitter @TeenChoiceFox and join the discussion at #teenchoice. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @teenchoicefox.

Ariana Grande’s all-star One Love Manchester concert raises millions for Red Cross; watch concert highlights

June 4, 2017

Ariana Grande was among the star performers at her One Love Manchester concert, which took place on June 4, 2017, at  Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England. According to several published reports, the concert raised about $3 million to $12 million through ticket sales and donations. About 50,000 people attended the show, which also included performances by Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Niall Horan of One Direction , Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, Little Mix, Marcus Mumford, Imogen Heap, Mac Miller and Take That. Proceeds from the show will go to the Red Cross’ Manchester fund, to benefit victims and their families of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured about 59 people after Grande’s Manchester Arena concert on May 22, 2017. Those who were at Grande’s May 22 concert were eligible for free admission. The show was telecast in the U.S.  on Freeform. ABC showed highlights of the concert. MTV and the Red Cross had live webcasts of the show on their respective websites. BBC had a live telecast of the concert in the U.K.

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old resident of Manchester, is reported to have been the suicide bomber. Several of his associates have been arrested in relation to the mass murder. The remaining dates of Grande’s tour have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

Here are some video highlights of the concert:

Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert announces all-star lineup

May 30, 2017

Ariana Grande will be among the star performers at her One Love Manchester concert, set to take place June 4 2017 at  Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, England. Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Phatrell Williams, Niall Horan of One Direction , Miley Cyrus and Take That. Proceeds from the show will go to the Red Cross’ Manchester fund, to benefit victims and their families of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured about 59 people after Grande’s Manchester Arena concert on May 22, 2017. Tickets go on sale on June 1, 2017 via Ticketmaster. Those who were at Grande’s May 22 concert will be given free admission. TV viewers in the U.S. can watch the show on Freeform at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. ABC will show highlights of the concert  at midnight Eastern Time. BBC will have a live telecast of the concert in the U.K.

Grande posted this statement on  her official Internet accounts: “My heart, prayers and condolences are with the victims of the Manchester attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.

“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win … Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old resident of Manchester, is reported to have been the suicide bomber. Several of his associates have been arrested in relation to the mass murder.

The remaining dates of Grande’s tour have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

May 31, 2017 UPDATE: Black Eyed Peas have been added to the concert lineup. In order to accommodate the One Love Manchester concert, British TV network ITV has moved two TV shows on its schedule: the season finale of “Britain’s Got Talent” will now be held June 3, 2017, while the British Soap Opera Awards has moved from June 3 to on June 6, 2017.

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