2020 MTV “VMAs” Announces Additional Performers:
The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma and CNCO are set to perform at the 2020 “VMAs,” hosted by Keke Palmer, airing live on Sunday, August 30 at 8PM ET/PT.
This marks the first “VMAs” performance for Roddy Ricch and second appearance by The Weeknd, who last took the stage in 2015.
Both are nominated for multiple awards this year: The Weeknd has 6 nominations (Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best R&B Video, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing) and Roddy Ricch has 3 nominations (Song of the Year, PUSH Best New Artist, Best Hip-Hop Video).
Maluma has 1 nomination (Best Latin Video); CNCO has 2 nominations (Best Quarantine Performance, Best Choreography).
Additional performers to be announced soon.
The Weeknd: The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award winner has emerged as one of the most successful and significant artists of the modern era.In early 2020 he took the charts by storm with the tracks “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”, the leading singles from his then-upcoming album After Hours. The 80’s-nostalgic track “Blinding Lights” proved to be a worldwide sensation and igniting viral dance challenges on social media (Tik Tok reported over a million dance posts) and peaking at #1 in thirty two countries including the US. The track quickly became his fifth to go #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the spot for four weeks. In March of 2020 he released his fourth studio album After Hours, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 for four consecutive weeks marking his fourth #1 album. The album was the first to ever rank #1 on the Billboard 200, Hot 100, Artist 100, Hot 100 Songwriters, and Hot 100 Producers simultaneously, and became the #1 R&B streaming album of all time (followed by Starboy at #2). With After Hours he cemented his place as the #1 Most Listened Artist in the World on Spotify, and reached the top 10 artists of all time for RIAA singles. His debonair look with a now iconic red suit and bandaged face represented a major artistic reinvention of what fans knew The Weeknd to be, and ushered in a new era that stayed true to his former self while giving him room to grow artistically. The continuous record breaking of charts, sales and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever mysterious public persona combined solidifies The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.
Roddy Ricch: Wise beyond his years, schooled in real-life struggles, and eloquently effective, GRAMMY-winning Roddy Ricch clearly and concisely conveys truth by way of cinematic rhymes and catchy hooks. Praised by Pitchfork as “the West Coast’s premier melodic storyteller,” the Compton-based MC has quickly become a major musical force, a fact made clear by a 2019 GRAMMY Award win in “Best Rap Performance” for Nipsey Hussle’s “Racks In The Middle (Feat. Roddy Rich & Hit-Boy),” as well as a 2019 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Rap Song” (Racks In The Middle) and a nod for Mustard’s smash single, “Ballin (Feat. Roddy Ricch). Further,Roddy came home from the 2020 BET Awards as the winner of “Best New Artist” and “Album of the Year” for PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL, with a nomination for “Mixtape of the Year.” Most recently, the MTV Music Video Awards nominated Roddy Ricch for “PUSH Best New Artist,” “Song of the Year” for “The Box,” and “Best Hip-Hop” for “The Box.” Ricch wrapped wrapped up an incredible 2019 with the release of his major label debut album, PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL. The album – which includes iconic features from such superstars as Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Mustard, and Lil Durk made an explosive chart debut upon its December 2019 release, arriving at #1 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 while also topping the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Rap Albums” rankings. Roddy has been dominating the charts on all fronts as he maintained the #1 song and #1 album in the country for three non-consecutive weeks. PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTI SOCIAL hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for four nonconsecutive weeks with over 1.5 billion streams to date. The album is certified platinum, with 6 singles certified: “Bacc Seat” certified gold, “Big Stepper” certified gold, “Peta” certified gold, “High Fashion” certified platinum, “Start Wit Me” certified platinum, and his breakout single “The Box” is 4x certified platinum. “The Box,” which has over 770 million streams to date, ruled at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 11 consecutive weeks and made a mark on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and Hot Rap Songs charts. Ricch scored a second #1 song on the charts with his feature on DaBaby’s hit single “Rockstar,” replacing himself as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. With 18 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 (“The Box” and “Rockstar”) in 2020, Roddy is tied for the 7th most weeks spent at #1 in a single year all-time.
Maluma: At only twenty-six years of age, Maluma is widely considered one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister. Recently, the mega-star registered his sixteenth number one hit on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart for his single “ADMV.” He also released on July 29th his new “Hawai,” which was the number one trending video on Youtube globally. The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 52 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to reach 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has garnered over 9 billion views and has more than 23 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award. Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released three albums, all of which have debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Albums chart: Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018) and 11:11 (2019). Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart (with “Sin Contrato” and “Chantaje”) and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat. To date Maluma has had sixteen #1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. With his Maluma World Tour he has achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and becoming the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world.
CNCO: Since making their debut in 2015, Latin GRAMMY®-nominated phenomenon CNCO have quietly become one of the biggest acts in the world. With over 3 billion cumulative streams, 6.5 billion total music video views, 12 GOLD and PLATINUM certifications in the U.S. alone and countless sold out shows around the globe, their influence can be felt in nearly every corner of the world. With two number #1 albums under their belt, the group has garnered numerous awards including: 9 Latin American Music Awards, 6 Premios Juventud (Youth Awards), 4 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 3 Premio Lo Nuestro, 3 Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards), 2 iHeartRadio Music Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards and one Kids Choice Award. CNCO’s came out with a bang in 2020 with their current single “Honey Boo” featuring Natti Natasha, which received praise from Billboard, Rolling Stone and E! News, as well as received attention from Vanity Fair and GQ. CNCO kicked off last year with a bang, releasing their debut Spanglish single, “Pretend,” and heading out on their debut North American headlining tour. The run had the band selling out venues coast to coast, as a part of their “CNCO World Tour,” which also hit Latin America, South America, Asia and Europe. The group followed up with “De Cero,” which received praise from Rolling Stone about the group saying, “The Latino One Direction has not just diversified the playing field — they’re on the verge of a global pop takeover.” In October, the group released their GOLD Certified highly anticipated EP Que Quiénes Somos, their most personal album to date, garnering acclaim from the likes of Billboard to Rolling Stone. The group topped off a banner 2019 year in the US with a 7-minute medley performance in Times Square on New Years Eve, as well as performances on Good Morning America, Teen Choice Awards and the VMAs. They also released a capsule collection with Forever 21, were named as one of People Magazine’s 2019 “Ones to Watch,” and as Rolling Stone’s “Breaking” artist in October. In addition, CNCO also landed the first Vevo LIFT campaign for a Latin Artist, and an MTV Push Campaign.
Previously Announced “VMAs” News:
Entertainment powerhouse Keke Palmer to host the 2020 “VMAs” airing LIVE on Sunday, August 30th at 8pm ET/PT.
BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin are additionally set to perform.
BTS: 3 nominations (Best Pop, Best K-Pop, Best Choreography)
Doja Cat: 3 nominations (Song of the Year, PUSH Best New Artist, Best Direction)
J Balvin: 4 nominations (Best Collaboration, Best Latin x3)
This will be BTS’ first-ever VMA performance and the TV debut of their new, English-only single, “Dynamite,” which is set to be released on August 21.
Ariana 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.
Fans 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.
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.
Official sponsors of the 2020 “MTV Video Music Awards” include Burger King®, Chime Banking, Coors Light, EXTRA® Gum, and PEPSI® .