Katy Perry to host upcoming 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

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INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 05: Musician Katy Perry performs onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner’s TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/downloadty Images for iHeartMedia)

MTV has announced pop star, Katy Perry, will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards that will hold in Inglewood, California on Monday, August 28.

This comes in advance of the world tour for her most recent album, Witness, with Perry set to light up the stage as the first performer announced for this year’s show.

Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including: Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for ‘Chained to the Rhythm,’ Best Art Direction for ‘Bon Appetit,’ and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ ‘Feels’ featuring herself, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean.

‘I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,’ said Katy Perry. ‘Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.

‘We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,’ Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom said.

‘She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.’

Commenting, Vice President for BET, Youth and Music, Monde Twala said, ‘MTV Africa is super excited to bring the MTV Video Music Awards to our audiences around the world and viewers must tune in for a magical night of great music entertainment.

‘MTV Video Music Awards has been one of the biggest platforms that celebrates sterling entertainment projects since 1984 and this years’ event is going to be even bigger.’

Leading the pack of the nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards is rapper Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations for his video ‘HUMBLE’ while Katy Perry and The Weeknd who are tied for five nominations each.

Building on the critical acclaim of the non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network also announced the former Best Female Video and Best Male Video categories have been combined for Artist of the Year.

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Additionally, Best Fight Against the System has been added to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.

Fans can now vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration and more by visiting MTV here.

Also, voting for the Best New Artist award, will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing on MTV on Monday, August 28 at 01:00 WAT with a repeat on August 28 at 20:30 WAT.

The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.  Nominees for the socially voted category, Best Song of Summer, will be announced at a later date.

For now, check out the nominees list for the awards.

Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Bruno Mars – ’24K Magic’ (Atlantic Records)
Alessia Cara – ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ (Def Jam)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – ‘Wild Thoughts’ (Epic Records/We The Best)
The Weeknd – ‘Reminder’ (XO/Republic Records)

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)
Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)
Lorde (Republic Records)

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)
Khalid (RCA Records)
Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)
SZA (TDE/RCA Records)
Young M.A (3D)
Julia Michaels (Republic Records)
Noah Cyrus (Records)

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ (Atlantic Records)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – ‘Wild Thoughts’ (Epic Records/We The Best)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – ‘Broccoli’ (Atlantic Records)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – ‘Closer’ (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – ‘Feels’ (Columbia Records)
Zayn & Taylor Swift – ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)’ (Republic Records)

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Shawn Mendes – ‘Treat You Better’ (Island Records)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape of You’ (Asylum/Atlantic Records)
Harry Styles – ‘Sign Of The Times’ (Columbia Records)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – ‘Down’ (Syco Music/Epic Records)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ (Capitol Records)
Miley Cyrus – ‘Malibu’ (RCA Records)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Big Sean – ‘Bounce Back’ (Def Jam)
Chance the Rapper – ‘Same Drugs’ (Chance the Rapper LLC)
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – ‘Broccoli’ (Atlantic Records)
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Bad & Boujee’ (300 Entertainment)
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – ‘I’m The One’ (Epic Records/We The Best)


Zedd and Alessia Cara – ‘Stay’ (Interscope)
Kygo x Selena Gomez – ‘It Ain’t Me’ (Ultra/Interscope)
Calvin Harris – ‘My Way’ (Columbia Records)
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – ‘Cold Water’ (Mad Decent)
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Gone’ (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

Coldplay – ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)
Fall Out Boy – ‘Young And Menace’ (Island)
Twenty One Pilots – ‘Heavydirtysoul’ (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)
Green Day – ‘Bang Bang’ (Warner Bros. Records)
Foo Fighters – ‘Run’ (RCA Records)

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – ‘Black SpiderMan’ (Def Jam)

The Hamilton Mixtape – ‘Immigrants (We download the Job Done)’ (Atlantic Records)

Big Sean – ‘Light’ (Def Jam)

Alessia Cara – ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ (Def Jam)

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – ‘Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL’

John Legend – ‘Surefire’ (Columbia Records)


Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham)
Imagine Dragons – ‘Thunder’ (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)
Ed Sheeran – ‘Castle On The Hill’ (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – ‘Nobody Speak’ (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)
Halsey – ‘Now or Never’ (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

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Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)
Bruno Mars – ’24K Magic’ (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)
Alessia Cara – ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ (Def Jam) (Aaron A)
The Weeknd – ‘Reminder’ (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)
Bruno Mars – ’24K Magic’ (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)
Katy Perry ft. Migos – ‘Bon Appetit’ (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – ‘Wild Thoughts’ (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)
The Weeknd – ‘Reminder’ (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Dis Generation’ (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – ‘iSpy’ (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)
Harry Styles – ‘Sign Of The Times’ (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

Kanye West – ‘Fade’ (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – ‘Side To Side’ (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)
Kendrick Lamar – ‘HUMBLE.’ (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers)
Sia – ‘The Greatest’ (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – ‘Down’ (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

Future – ‘Mask Off’ (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
Young Thug – ‘Wyclef Jean’ (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
Lorde – ;Green Light’ (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – ‘Closer’ (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)
The Weeknd – ‘Reminder’ (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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