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The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards will air Sunday Sept. 12 at 8 PM. Several music artists will sing their hits in front of a live studio audience. Find out who fans can expect to perform during the VMAs this year. 

MTV Moon Man poses on stage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards
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Doja Cat will host the 2021 VMAs and perform 

Doja Cat is nominated for several categories at this year’s Video Music Awards. Her hit “Need to Know” is nominated for Song of Summer. Plus, “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA is up for Video of the Year. Doja Cat is also nominated for Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration. More than that, the artist is hosting MTV’s festivities this year. 

See performances by Kacey Musgraves, Twenty One Pilots, and Olivia Rodrigo at the 2021 Video Music Awards 

The 2021 Video Music Awards will feature a performance by Kacey Musgraves. She will sing “star-crossed,” the lead single from her new album set to release on Sept. 10. 

Chlöe — half of Chlöe x Halle — will make her solo debut with “Have Mercy” from her upcoming album. Her set is a follow-up to last year’s VMA pre-show performance by Chlöe x Halle of “Ungodly Hour.” According to MTV, fans can expect to see performances by: 

  • Camila Cabello
  • Doja Cat
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kim Petras
  • Lil Nas X
  • Machine Gun kelly 
  • Olivia Rodrigo 
  • Polo G
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Swedish House Mafia 
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Lorde

Update: On Sept. 9, the network revealed Normani will hit the stage at the 2021 VMAs. She will perform with a TV debut of the hit single “Wild Side.”

Foo Fighters will receive the Global Icon Award at the 2021 VMAs 

According to Billboard, the Foo Fighters are slated to perform at the 2021 VMAs. As the MTV network announced, the band will receive the Global Icon Award this year. This honor is the first of it’s kind at the VMAs. In the past, it was a prestigious MTV EMA staple. 


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“The Global Icon Award celebrates an artist/band whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond,” says MTV. The Foo Fighters will be honored for the indelible mark they’ve made on the musical landscape. They join previous honorees like Queen, Whitney Houston, Eminem, Green Day, and U2.

Presenters at the 2021 MTV VMAs

Update: On Sept. 9, MTV unveiled the star-studded list of presenters for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. The lineup includes:

  • Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
  • AJ McLean 
  • Ashanti 
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Billie Eilish
  • Billy Porter
  • Conor McGregor 
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Fat Joe  
  • Hailey Bieber 
  • Halle Bailey 
  • Ja Rule 
  • Lance Bass  
  • Megan Fox
  • Nick Lachey 
  • Rita Ora 
  • Simone Biles
  • Travis Barker, who will perform with Machine Gun Kelly to premiere their new single “papercuts”

MTV Video Music Awards will have a live audience and honor the attacks on 9/11

In 2020, the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) had no choice but to go remote. But this year, the network is excited to welcome back a live audience, according to a press release from June 2021. MTV and the Barclays Center personnel are working closely with state and local officials to implement best coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic practices. 

Plus, MTV will honor the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at this year’s VMAs. Working with 9/11 Day, a nonprofit that recognizes Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, MTV has orchestrated a series of service-oriented events during the week of the VMAs. The music network hopes their alliance with 9/11 Day will “encourage participation in various acts of charitable service across the country on Sept. 11 to honor the lives lost, their families, those injured, and those who rose in service in response to the attacks.”

Tune in to the 2021 Video Music Awards live on Sunday, Sept. 12 starting at 8 PM EST on MTV.