2021 MTV “VMAs” Announces Even More Star-Powered Performers
Jack Harlow, The Kid LAROI, Ozuna and Tainy join the star-packed lineup of performers for the 2021 MTV “VMAs.”’ Hosted by entertainment megastar Doja Cat, the show airs LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT on MTV.
Making his main stage debut, Jack Harlow will join forces with Lil Nas X on the iconic “VMAs” stage for their first-ever LIVE performance together of mega-hit “INDUSTRY BABY.”
The Kid LAROI
The Kid LAROI continues to take the music world by storm, setting his “VMAs” debut alongside Justin Bieber for a must-see performance of their chart topping hit “Stay.” The first-time nominee will also look to take home his first Moonperson, as he’s nominated for “Best New Artist” and “PUSH Performance Of The Year.”
Returning to the “VMAs” for the first time since his fiery debut performance with Rosalía in 2019, Puerto Rican heartthrob Ozuna is set to ignite this year’s stage with a can’t-miss performance of “La Funka.”
Multi award winning artist/producer and two-time “VMAs” nominee Tainy will make his show debut, joining Shawn Mendes for an all-new performance of their latest hit single, “Summer Of Love.”
Jack Harlow – Hailed by The FADER as a “maverick rapper destined for legendary status,” 23-year-old, Louisville, KY native Jack Harlow has quickly become one of music’s biggest stars with over 3 billion career streams to date. The Generation Now/Atlantic Records rapper has released a project a year, for the last 5 years, the most recent being his RIAA Gold-Certified, critically acclaimed debut album THATS WHAT THEY ALL SAY. The album features the 7x-Platinum single “WHATS POPPIN,” which earned Harlow his first Grammy nomination, among countless other accolades including nominations at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, 2021 BET Awards, 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards & 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards. Harlow has been widely featured in high profile publications ranging from Rolling Stone, Billboard and Complex to GQ, TIME, Interview and Forbes, graced the covers of XXL’s coveted Freshman Class issue, SPIN and Footwear News and brought his captivating live show to the masses with national television performances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more. For more information on Jack Harlow, please visit: www.jackharlow.us.
The Kid LAROI – The newly eighteen year old rapper/singer born Charlton Howard is proving that for an incoming generation filled with promising talent, yesterday’s borders aren’t today’s barriers. Born and raised in Sydney (aside from a short stint in the countryside) to a mother of Aboriginal descent and a French father, LAROI was raised by his mother and his uncle in a gritty environment. When they weren’t at The Fact Tree, a local youth center where they played video games and pool, LAROI and his friends were on the streets. LAROI grew up consuming one of America’s most adored exports, listening to hip-hop and R&B icons like Tupac, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Lil Wayne and Kanye West. He’s wanted to make music since he can remember, hoping to claim a spot in music royalty. In 2016, after competing in a Triple J competition, LAROI earned the respect of a few industry execs whose support led him to performances on stages alongside the late JuiceWRLD, whom he considered a close friend and mentor. “It’s really what I’ve always imagined… I always knew it was bigger than that,” LAROI says about his crossover success and finding an audience outside of Australia. “I love everything I make. I take music super seriously, and I look at it as art,” says the teenage phenomenon. With an undeniable belief in his potential and the fast-paced track record to prove it, LAROI, unexpected as his story is, is making it increasingly easy for the rest of the world to believe in him too.
Ozuna – The multi-award winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter OZUNA is one of Latin music’s most iconic and listened-to artists around the world. Since launching his career in 2015, Ozuna has won countless accolades, including making Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list (2019), and winning BMI’s Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year (2019, 2021) and Contemporary Latin Song of the Year “Taki Taki” (2020). He won his first two Latin GRAMMYs® in November 2020, for his collaboration “Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí,” with ROSALÍA. He also took home the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards. In the Dominican Republic, Ozuna recently received the Soberano Solidario award at the 2021 edition of Premios Soberano for his humanitarian work. In addition, he holds four Guinness World Records™.
Tainy – Leading a new wave of Latin music and culture for over a decade, famed producer and artist Tainy, is the mastermind behind some of music’s most iconic hits. A three-time GRAMMY© nominee, three-time Latin GRAMMY©,multiple BMI Award Winner, Tainy has been churning out career-defining hits for artists as well as his own, including Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Rosalia, Lauren Jauregui, Zion & Lennox, Anuel, Ozuna, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, Kali Uchis, Rauw Alejandro, Jhay Cortez and more. In 2019, Tainy made his artist debut reaching the top charts with hit singles: “I Can’t Get Enough,” ”Adicto,” ”Callaita,” #1 Latin Pop and Airplay single “Agua” and GRAMMY® nominated “Un Dia(One Day).” In 2021, Tainy continued pushing the culture forward on a global scale executing producing, Selena Gomez’ first full Spanish language body of work “Revelacion,” “Sunbathe” alongside Miguel, and Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’ “Dakiti,” which went No. 1 globally. In addition, Tainy continues to break records as the only producer to sit at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for a record 95 weeks. In his latest release, Tainy joined superstar Shawn Mendes for the hit single “Summer Of Love”.
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED “VMAs” NEWS:
The 2021 “VMAs,” hosted by entertainment megastar Doja Cat, will air LIVE on Sunday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT on MTV.
PERFORMERS: The following artists have been previously announced as part of this year’s must-see lineup: Camila Cabello, Chlöe, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Olivia Rodrigo and Twenty One Pilots. Additional performers to be announced soon.
GLOBAL ICON AWARD: The legendary Foo Fighters will receive the first-ever MTV “VMAs” Global Icon Award at this year’s show. The band will also perform at this year’s show, marking their return to the “VMAs” stage for the first time since 2007 (more info).
NOMINATIONS: Justin Bieber (7) and Megan Thee Stallion (6) lead this year’s nominations, closely followed by Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Giveon, Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo (5 each); full nominee list here.
VOTING: Fans can vote for their favorites across 14 gender-neutral categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com through Friday, September 3, 2021 – thanks to Burger King®, the presenter of this year’s award voting. Voting for “Best New Artist,” Presented by Facebook, will remain active into the show on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
PRE-SHOW: Kim Petras, Swedish House Mafia and Polo G are set to perform during the 2021 “VMAs” Pre-Show 2021 airing LIVE on Sunday, September 12 at 6:30PM ET/PT on MTV. Hosted by Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa, the 90-minute event will feature coverage from music superstar TINASHE who is stepping in as the special, celebrity correspondent.
SPONSORS: Official sponsors of the 2021 MTV VMAs include: Burger King®, Clearblue® Pregnancy Tests, Coors Light, Dolby, Doritos®, EXTRA® Gum, Facebook and Toyota Motor North America.
PRODUCTION CREDITS: Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are Executive Producers for the 2021 “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.
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