VMA’s 2021 LIVE – Kanye to make ‘surprise’ appearance at MTV awards show & fans demand The Kid Laroi win Best New Artist

THE 2021 MTV Video Music Awards will air on Sunday, September 12, at 8pm EST and Kanye West is expected to make a "surprise" appearance.

Kanye West was added on as a secret, last-minute performer to the show, according to Page Six.

An MTV source told the news outlet: “With the Kardashians in town for New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala, we hear they [Kim and Kourtney] may be making an appearance as well, especially since Kourtney’s beau, Travis Barker, is performing with good friend Machine Gun Kelly.” 

Meanwhile, fans across social media are demanding The Kid Laroi win Best New Artist, with some using the hashtag "#VoteTheKidLaroiVMA."

The star-studded awards show will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for the first time since 2013.

Performances by Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, and Machine Gun Kelly will happen throughout the ceremony.

Rapper Doja Cat will be hosting the annual awards show, which didn't take place in person in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read our MTV VMAs 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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    DOJA CAT INTRODUCED

    DOJA Cat — a rapper and singer who shot to fame on Soundcloud — is hosting the VMA’s.

    Her real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

    "We have more performances than ever before and I'm very excited," the singer told the crowd on Sunday night.

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    OLIVIA RODRIGO PERFORMS

    Olivia Rodrigo, 18, is an American actress and singer.

    Rodrigo was born in Temecula, California. She is of Filipino descent from her father's side and German and Irish from her mother's side.

    She performed after Justin Bieber at the 2021 VMA's.

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    JUSTIN BIEBER PERFORMS GHOST

    "If I can't get close to you, I'll settle for the ghost of you," he sang.

    His performance was surrounded by loud cheers.

    The VMA's were happy to have him back.

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    MADONNA TAKES THE STAGE

    "And they said we wouldn't last. But we're still here Motherf***ers," Madonna said at the start of the event.

    Moments later, Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi took the stage.

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    HOW TO WATCH OR STREAM MTA VMA’s

    After last year’s slate of remote performances, the VMAs return to Barclays Center on September 12 and will be hosted by Doja Cat.

    The broadcast and live stream of the main ceremony is set to begin at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific) on MTV and MTV.com.

    ViacomCBS networks such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, and VH1 will also simulcast the show.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO IS DOJA CAT?

    DOJA Cat — a rapper and singer who shot to fame on Soundcloud — is hosting the VMA’s.

    Her sophomore album, Planet Her, was released on June 25, 2021.

    DOJA Cat’s real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

    She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHO IS APPEARING AT THE VMAs?

    The VMAs are expected to see a host of famous faces performing at the awards show.

    Justin Bieber, Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Normani are all reportedly lined up to entertain the crowds.

    The star-studded event will air later this evening and is hosted by Doja Cat.

    Doja Cat makes history as the first MTV Video Music Awards host to be also nominated for video of the year.

    Justin Bieber leads the nominations with seven nods while Megan Thee Stallion could win a maximum of six awards.

  • Danielle Cinone

    HOW TO WATCH OR STREAM MTA VMA’s

    After last year’s slate of remote performances, the VMAs return to Barclays Center on September 12 and will be hosted by Doja Cat.

    The broadcast and live stream of the main ceremony is set to begin at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific) on MTV and MTV.com.

    ViacomCBS networks such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, and VH1 will also simulcast the show.

    The MTV VMAs pre-show began at 6.30pm Eastern (3.30pm Pacific) and will feature 90 minutes of performances and celebrity interviews.

    The pre-show will air on MTV, and, started at 6.15pm Eastern, it’ll stream on the @MTV Twitter, as well.

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    NICK LACHEY, LANCE BASS, & AJ MCLEAN ON PRESHOW

    The three boyband stars spoke on the red carpet prior to the start of the show.

    Nick Lachey, Lance Bass, and AJ McLean stood on the red carpet together.

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    WHO IS PERFORMING AT THE MTV VMA'S?

    Here are the artists slated to perform at the pre-show:

    • Kim Petras
    • Polo G
    • Swedish House Mafia

    MTV’s Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa return as hosts of the pre-show, featuring Tinashe as a celebrity correspondent.

    Rapper Doja Cat will host the ceremony, and presenters include Billie Eilish, Ashanti, Cyndi Lauper, 50 Cent, Megan Fox, Travis Barker and Rita Ora.

    The list of performers at the VMA's main show includes:

    • Lil Nas X
    • Normani
    • Foo Fighters
    • Chlöe
    • Justin Bieber

    LIST OF NOMINEES FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

    • 24kGoldn
    • Giveon
    • The Kid LAROI
    • Olivia Rodrigo
    • Polo G
    • Saweetie

    You can check out the full list at Pitchfork.

    LIST OF NOMINEES FOR SONG OF THE YEAR

    Check out the full list below:

    • 24kGoldn: Mood Ft. Iann Dior
    • BTS: Dynamite
      Cardi B: WAP Ft. Megan Thee Stallion
    • Dua Lipa: Levitating
    • Olivia Rodrigo: Drivers License
    • Silk Sonic: Leave the Door Open

    LIST OF NOMINEES FOR ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Check out the full list below:

    • Ariana Grande
    • Doja Cat
    • Justin Bieber
    • Megan Thee Stallion
    • Olivia Rodrigo
    • Taylor Swift

    LIST OF NOMINEES FOR VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    Check out the full list below:

    • Cardi B: WAP Ft. Megan Thee Stallion
    • DJ Khaled / Drake: POPSTAR Starring Justin Bieber
    • Doja Cat: Kiss Me More Ft. SZA
    • Ed Sheeran: Bad Habits
    • Lil Nas X: MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
    • The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

    HOW TO WATCH OR STREAM MTA VMA's

    After last year’s slate of remote performances, the VMAs return to Barclays Center on September 12 and will be hosted by Doja Cat.

    The broadcast and live stream of the main ceremony is set to begin at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific) on MTV and MTV.com.

    ViacomCBS networks such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, and VH1 will also simulcast the show.

    The MTV VMAs pre-show began at 6.30pm Eastern (3.30pm Pacific) and will feature 90 minutes of performances and celebrity interviews.

    The pre-show will air on MTV, and, started at 6.15pm Eastern, it’ll stream on the @MTV Twitter, as well.

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      VMA'S PLAYLIST

      MTV Soundtrack tweeted a Spotify link to its "ultimate @vmas playlist featuring music from nominees, performers, and so much more."

      The VMA's will begin on September 12 at 8pm EDT.

      The event is taking place in Barclay's Center and DOJA Cat is the host.

       

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHO IS APPEARING AT THE VMAs?

      The VMAs are expected to see a host of famous faces performing at the awards show.

      Justin Bieber, Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Normani are all reportedly lined up to entertain the crowds.

      The star-studded event will air later this evening and is hosted by Doja Cat.

      Doja Cat makes history as the first MTV Video Music Awards host to be also nominated for video of the year.

      Justin Bieber leads the nominations with seven nods while Megan Thee Stallion could win a maximum of six awards.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHO IS DOJA CAT?

      DOJA Cat — a rapper and singer who shot to fame on Soundcloud — is hosting the VMA’s.

      Her sophomore album, Planet Her, was released on June 25, 2021.

      DOJA Cat’s real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

      She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHO IS APPEARING AT THE VMAs?

      The VMAs are expected to see a host of famous faces performing at the awards show.

      Justin Bieber, Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Normani are all reportedly lined up to entertain the crowds.

      The star-studded event will air later this evening and is hosted by Doja Cat.

      Doja Cat makes history as the first MTV Video Music Awards host to be also nominated for video of the year.

      Justin Bieber leads the nominations with seven nods while Megan Thee Stallion could win a maximum of six awards.

    • Danielle Cinone

      VMA'S PLAYLIST

      MTV Soundtrack tweeted a Spotify link to its "ultimate @vmas playlist featuring music from nominees, performers, and so much more."

      The VMA's will begin on September 12 at 8pm EDT.

      The event is taking place in Barclay's Center and DOJA Cat is the host.

    • Danielle Cinone

      KANYE WEST RUMORED TO MAKE SURPRISE APPEARANCE

      Rapper Kanye West is rumored to be making a surprise appearance at tonight’s VMAs.

      West has been added on as a secret, last-minute performer to the show, according to Page Six.

      An MTV source told the outlet: “With the Kardashians in town for New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala, we hear they [Kim and Kourtney] may be making an appearance as well, especially since Kourtney’s beau, Travis Barker, is performing with good friend Machine Gun Kelly.” 

      West’s tenth studio album Donda dropped on August 29.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHO IS APPEARING AT THE VMAs?

      The VMAs are expected to see a host of famous faces performing at the awards show.

      Justin Bieber, Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Normani are all reportedly lined up to entertain the crowds.

      The star-studded event will air later this evening and is hosted by Doja Cat.

      Doja Cat makes history as the first MTV Video Music Awards host to be also nominated for video of the year.

      Justin Bieber leads the nominations with seven nods while Megan Thee Stallion could win a maximum of six awards.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHAT IS DOJA CAT’S ETHNICITY?

      Doja Cat‘s parents are Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, who is Jewish-American, and Dumisani Dlamini, who is South African.

      Therefore, Doja Cat ethnicity is mixed – she is both South African and Jewish-American.

      She chose her stage name because of her love for marijuana and cats.

      Doja is another word for weed, which she reportedly used to smoke a lot when she was younger.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHO IS DOJA CAT?

      DOJA Cat — a rapper and singer who shot to fame on Soundcloud — is hosting the VMA’s.

      Her sophomore album, Planet Her, was released on June 25, 2021.

      DOJA Cat’s real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

      She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHERE WILL THE VMA’S TAKE PLACE?

      The event will take place at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.

      It will start at 8pm EDT on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

      The host of the event will be Doja Cat.

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