Apparently, the show must go on! Even in the middle of a global pandemic, the 2020 MTV VMAs are still happening on Saturday, Aug. 30. Of course, the setup is a bit different this year. The performances will all be outdoor and filmed across New York City’s five boroughs as a “homage to the incredible resiliency of New York,” according to a statement made by MTV. There will be no audience, and everyone will be following safety protocols.
But with that said, which stars are attending the VMAs?
Here are all the presenters who will be at the VMAs: Jaden Smith, Nicole Richie, Travis Barker, Drew Barrymore, Madison Beer, Sofia Carson, Bebe Rexha, Anthony Ramos, Kelly Clarkson, Bella Hadid, Joey King, and Machine Gun Kelly. The main performers include: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga (who’ll be performing “Rain on Me”), The Black Eyed Peas, BTS, CNCO, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Maluma, The Weeknd, and Miley Cyrus, who’ll be debuting her new song, “Midnight Sky.” Keke Palmer will be hosting.
It looks like there’s still going to be a pre-show as well, which starts at 6:30 p.m. EST. Pre-show performers are Chloe x Halle, Tate McRae, Machine Gun Kelly (featuring Travis Barker and blackbear), Jack Harlow, and Lewis Capaldi.
Other celebs who might be attending are nominees Billie Eilish, Eminem, Future, Taylor Swift (all nominated for Best Video of the Year), Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, and Post Malone (nominated for Artist of the Year), Alicia Keys, Khalid, and Lizzo (Best R&B).
However, we know that Billie skipped out on last year’s VMAs, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if she didn’t attend this year’s, considering the circumstances. And although Travis Scott was nominated for his song “Highest in the Room” for Best Hip Hop, he didn’t attend last year’s VMAs, either.
We know that rapper Roddy Ricch and reggaeton singer J Blavin have completely canceled their VMA performances. In an Instagram Live, Ricch said, “My team and I did everything in our power to make this work, due to COVID compliance issues at the last minute we had to call off the performance.”
And J Balvin had contracted COVID-19, so it sounds like he’s not taking any more chances. When accepting an award at the Premios Juventud 2020, he stated, “This is not a joke…It’s very dangerous. Take a lot of care of yourselves.”