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Published on September 4th, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


2021 MTV “VMAs” Announces Pre-Show Performers and Social Categories

The 2021 MTV “VMAs” just announced this year’s pre-show performers and social categories! Superstar Kim Petras will take the pre-show stage, along with iconic trio Swedish House Mafia, and rapper Polo G, with a performance of his hit song, “Rapstar.”

Hosted by Doja Cat, the 2021 “VMAs” return to New York City airing LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT.

  • Kim Petras, Swedish House Mafia and Polo G are set to perform during the 2021 “VMAs” Pre-Show 2021 airing LIVE on Sunday, September 12 at 6:30PM ET/PT on MTV. Hosted by Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa, the 90-minute event will feature coverage from music superstar TINASHE who is stepping in as the special, celebrity correspondent.
  • Fans can also watch the 2021 “VMAs” Pre-Show on Twitter @MTV starting at 6:15pm ET, which will feature additional digital exclusive breaks – including retrospective red carpet fashion, jaw-dropping celebrity stage moments from VMA’s past , and celebratory reviews of today’s biggest performers and nominees. 
    • Kim Petras 
      • Kim Petras is set to take over the “VMAs” pre-show with an electrifying television debut performance of “Future Starts Now”.
    • Swedish House Mafia 
      • Superstar trio Swedish House Mafia will make their highly-anticipated debut at the “VMAs” with a performance medley of “Lifetime” & “It Gets Better”.
    • Polo G
      • Rapper Polo G will take the stage by storm with a “VMAs” debut of his #1 hit song “Rapstar”. The first-time nominee is up for two awards, including “Best New Artist.”
  • Social Categories: 
    • GROUP OF THE YEAR: Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, September 4, fans can vote for “Group Of The Year” In a bracket-style voting on MTV’s Instagram Story. Nominees include: 
      • BTS
      • CNCO
      • Foo Fighters
      • Jonas Brothers
      • Maroon 5
      • Silk Sonic
      • twenty one pilots


o    SONG OF THE SUMMER: Starting Tuesday, September 7, fans can vote for the “Song Of Summer” in a bracket-style voting on MTV’s Instagram Story. Nominees include:

§  Billie Eilish “Happier Than Ever”

§  BTS “Butter”

§  Camila Cabello “Don’t Go Yet”

§  DJ Khaled ft. Lil Baby & Lil Durk “Every Chance I Get”

§  Doja Cat “Need To Know”

§  Dua Lipa “Levitating”

§  Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”


§  Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”

§  The Kid LAROI with Justin Bieber “Stay”

§  Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow “Industry Baby”

§  Lizzo ft. Cardi B “Rumors”

§  Megan Thee Stallion “Thot Shit”

§  Normani ft. Cardi B “Wild Side”

§  Olivia Rodrigo “good 4 u”

§  Shawn Mendes & Tainy “Summer Of Love”

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