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MTV VMAs 2021 Promises Performances from Camila Cabello, Olivia Rodrigo & More

Camila Santiago
Aug 25, 2021
05:45 A.M.
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For the 2021 Video Music Awards, MTV will bring the biggest stars of the year for a world premiere performance. The list includes top names such as Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, and Lorde.


Last Wednesday, MTV shared the lineup of performance artists coming to the stage on the next VMAs on September 12th. The event will take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and streamed live from New York City.




This will be the second time the venue hosts the awards after the "no in-person ceremony" from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of 2021's biggest stars are included, like Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Lorde, and Lil Nas X.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello pose in the Press Room during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. | Source: Getty Images

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello pose in the Press Room during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. | Source: Getty Images



But MTV shared more details about the performances as well -- Camila Cabello will perform "Don't Go Yet," from her upcoming album, called "Familia."

The singer comes back to the VMAs stage since her last performance with Shawn Mendes in 2019. Lil Nas X returns to the stage after his last presentation in the same year.


Machine Gun Kelly will bet on his new single "Papercut," and Lorde will reportedly offer a "world premiere performance" of a song from her next album, "Solar Power."

The 18-year-old "Jealousy, Jealousy" and "Deja Vu" singer Olivia Rodrigo is a first-time nominee and is up for five awards. Rodrigo runs for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for "Drivers license"), Best New Artist, Push Performance of the Year, and Best Pop.



Last week, MTV revealed the 2021 Video Music Award nomination (you can check the full list here), including many A-list artists nominated.

Among them are other top names, such as Justin Bieber, who leads the list with seven nominations. Followed by Billie Eilish and BTS, with five nominations each, and The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, to name a few.


The top award of the VMAs is the Video of The Year. Though there are six nominees, the frontrunners are Lil Nas X for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP," and DJ Khaled and Drake's video of "POPSTAR," featuring Justin Bieber.

Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears" are also on the list. Last but not least, Doja Cat and SZA are also in the competition with "Kiss Me More."

Another important prize is the Artist of the Year category. This year, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift are all up for the prize.

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