MTV announced that Keke Palmer will be this year's host for the 2020 Video Music Awards which will air on August 30th.
Palmer made the big announcement with the help of her character "True Jackson" whom she played on Disney from 2008 to 2011. During the video call, she announced, "True, I'm hosting the MTV Video Music Awards!"
The VMAs will be held on August 30 at New York's Barclays Center at 8 pm. People reports, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has given the show the green light while ensuring that they adhere to specific health and safety measures.
Social distancing has been enforced. There will be a limited audience at the venue and other locations where it will be filmed.
Keke Palmer arrives on the red carpet at the IFP Gotham Awards on December 02, 2019, New York | Source: Getty Images (Photo by Steven Ferdman/FilmMagic)
Keke taking the reigns is also an important moment for the VMA's. According toBillboard
, she will be the first female of color to host the VMAs since 1987, when Downtown Julie Brown hosted. Bruce Gillmer of ViacomCBS Media Networkssaid:
"Keke is an energetic force and a quadruple threat with unmatched comedic wit who will make this year's show truly unforgettable."
Performers include J Balvin and Doja Cat as well as international acts BTS. Among the nominees, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have the most nominations with a total of nine each.
The VMAs also added new categories to reflect some of the changes to music amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These include "Best Quarantine Performance" and "Best Music Video From Home."
Fans have expressed their excitement about the host for the 2020 VMAs. A fan commented on MTV's announcement saying, "already the best host in VMA history."
Keke's hosting gig comes almost a month after it was announced that the "Strahan, Sara and Keke'' talk show which she co-hosts with Michael Strahan and Sara Haines has been canceled.
Keke also announced that she has been cast to play Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins on the "Proud Family" reboot as a 14-year-old activist.