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The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on Sept. 12. BTS are nominated for seven awards at the upcoming awards show, including Song of the Year for their single “Dynamite.” Will Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of BTS also perform at the 2021 MTV VMAs?

J-Hope, Jimin, RM, V, Jin, Suga, and Jungkook of BTS smile in Times Square
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BTS are not listed as performers at the 2021 MTV VMAs

While BTS are nominated for multiple awards, MTV did not include the Korean band in the list of performers for the night.

According to MTV, Alicia Keys, Camila Cabello, Chlöe of Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat, Ed Sheeran, Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI, Kacey Musgraves, Kim Petras, Machine Gun Kelly, Normani, Olivia Rodrigo, Ozuna, Polo G, Shawn Mendes, Swae Lee, Swedish House Mafia, Tainy, and twenty one pilots will perform.

Unless BTS end up being surprise performers at the 2021 MTV VMAs, it is unlikely the septet will perform at the awards show.

This would not be the first time BTS opted not to perform at the MTV VMAs. In 2019, despite being nominated, BTS did not attend or perform at the awards show. The band did perform “Dynamite” at the 2020 MTV VMAs, but their performance was announced well in advance.

BTS are nominated for multiple awards at the MTV VMAs

This year, BTS are nominated in seven categories at the MTV VMAs. The band earned a nomination for Song of the Year for “Dynamite.” In this category, 24kGoldn and Iann Dior are nominated for “Mood,” Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, of Silk Sonic are nominated for “Leave the Door Open,” Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion received a nomination for “WAP,” Dua Lipa is nominated for “Levitating,” and Olivia Rodrigo earned a nomination for “Drivers License.”

BTS also received a nomination in the Best Pop category for their 2021 single “Butter.” They are nominated alongside Ariana Grande with “Positions,” Billie Eilish for “Therefore I Am,” Harry Styles with “Treat People With Kindness,” Olivia Rodrigo with “Good 4 U,” Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar, and Giveon for “Peaches,” Shawn Mendes for “Wonder,” and Taylor Swift for “Willow.”

In the Best K-pop category, BTS are nominated for “Butter.” (G)I-DLE are nominated for “Dumdi Dumdi,” Monsta X received a nomination for “Gambler,” SEVENTEEN are nominated for “Ready to love,” and Twice earned a nomination for “Alcohol-Free.”


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BTS’ song “Butter” also received nominations for Best Choreography, Best Editing, and Song of the Summer while BTS earned a nomination for Group of the Year.

How to watch the MTV VMAs

The 2021 MTV VMAs will be broadcast live from Brooklyn, New York. Doja Cat will host the awards show at the Barclays Center. The broadcast of the 2021 MTV VMAs will begin at 8 p.m. EDT and 5 p.m. PDT.

Viewers can watch the awards show on multiple channels including MTV, Comedy Central, MTV2, Nickelodeon, and The CW. The MTV VMAs can also be streamed on if viewers have a cable login.