August 08, 2020

MTV Announces Keke Palmer as the Host of the 2020 Video Music Awards Happening Later This Month

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MTV announced that Keke Palmer will be this year's host for the 2020 Video Music Awards which will air on August 30th.

MTV revealed that Keke Palmer is set to host the highly anticipated 2020 Video Music Awards (VMAs).

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 to


, she will be the first female of color to host the VMAs since 1987, when Downtown Julie Brown hosted. Bruce Gillmer of ViacomCBS Media Networks


"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."

"She's gonna do great. We all know that," wrote another person. A fan also said, "yesss Keke. Cannot wait to her funny, talented self beautiful God bless her."

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.


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