The iconic Moon Man is coming back to earth this September—specifically, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York!
In June 2021, MTV announced that their 2021 Video Music Awards are returning to a single, live venue after the 2020 show had to be reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Thanks to increased safety measures, the 2021 show is looking to center live entertainment once again, just as concerts return throughout the rest of the United States,” MTV said in a press release.
The network added that they’re working with Barclays Center, as well as state and local officials, “to implement best practices and execute a screen-breaking spectacle that brings together music fans from around the globe with the health and safety of our artists, fans, staff and partners remaining the No. 1 priority.”
Hopefully, MTV also planning to pull out some big surprises this year; like all major awards shows, VMAs viewership has been flat or falling for some years now. Regardless of ratings, though, many of music’s biggest stars will still swarm Brooklyn for an exciting night of electrifying performances—including, possibly, a set by K-pop boy-band sensation BTS, in what would their first trip overseas since the pandemic began!
With more and more VMAs info coming out almost every day, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards—and we’ll keep updating what we know, so check back soon!
When are the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards?
This year’s VMAs are set for Sunday, Sept. 12. Organizers are very much aware that the show falls a day after the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Therefore, in the days leading up to the show, MTV plans to join with the 9/11 Day organization to “promote awareness and action” for the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Who is hosting the 2021 VMAs?
Uh… who would you like to see host the Video Music Awards? Your fave may still have a shot at the gig, as MTV hasn’t announced a 2021 master of ceremonies yet after Keke Palmer did the honors last year. It’s possible that this year’s ceremony could have no host at all. Since the show’s inception in 1984, the show has gone on without a host a total of seven times—including four times since 2013.
Who is nominated for Video Music Awards in 2021?
Eligibility for this year’s MTV VMAs ran from July 2020 to June 30, 2021, so lots of your favorite hits from the past year could be up for a Moon Man. A formal list for 2021 nominees has not yet been released, but major contenders include videos for the most popular—and controversial—songs of the year.
This year, first-round nominations closed on July 21. The artist to watch so far? Megan Thee Stallion. On the frontrunner ballot, she had more entries for song and video than any other artist. That’s not surprising, considering that her and Cardi B‘s racy video for “WAP”—a song so risqué it needs an acronym!—are sure to score several nominations across the board. Also a shoo-in? Lil Nas X, whose iconoclastic “Call Me By Your Name (Montero)” video is likely to receive several nominations as well. Both clips went viral for their shock value, with chatter about them making their way to daytime talk shows as well as news networks.
Who else will be nominated? BTS, who set three new Guinness World records with their “Butter” video, are likely to get a few noms, as are several of the usual suspects: Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift and DJ Khaled all had new videos that debuted over the past year. New teen artist Olivia Rodrigo, who made history of her own with “Driver’s License” and “Good 4 U,” could see some nominations as well. Silk Sonic, a new collab effort made up of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, might also score a nom for their hit “Leave the Door Open.”
Who will be performing at the 2021 Video Music Awards?
MTV hasn’t announced the performance roster just yet, but it’s fair to assume that those with the biggest videos of the year are being asked to take the stage. Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B are just a few of the stars who are most likely to put on an eye-popping show at this year’s VMAs.
Will BTS be performing at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards?
If you’ve been bopping to their #1 songs “Butter” or “Permission to Dance” this summer, you’re probably bummed that the pandemic has kept international supergroup BTS away from American shores for over a year. Good news: they might be showing up at the VMAs!
Last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in named the seven-member sensation as “Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture”—and said BTS will be attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in September along with other international events. Fans immediately went into a frenzy when they learned the opening date of the UN General Assembly is on September 14, just two days after the VMAs.
Will they show? After all, BTS performed at the VMAs for the first time last year and are likely nominated this year in the Best Group, Best Pop and Best K-Pop categories—all categories they’ve won before. “Butter” sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks, while the video for the song not only set three new Guinness World Records, it was also viewed an astounding 108.2 million times in its first 24 hours. So could they make a pitstop in Brooklyn before heading back to Seoul? There’s a good chance!
When can fans vote for the VMAs?
One of the most popular things about the MTV VMAs is that fans can vote for the winner in major categories including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Push Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Pop, Best Hip Hop and Best Alternative.
How can you watch the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards?
The VMAs will air on Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET. The show should run on all ViacomCBS networks, including MTV (obviously), MTV2, VH1, Comedy Central and The CW. Prefer to stream the show? You can watch on the MTV app, as well as vma.mtv.com. You can also view the show on streaming services like YouTube TV, Hulu (Live), Sling TV and fuboTV.