Ready to find out how to watch the 2021 VMAs? This year's MTV Video Music Awards air tonight live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the award show has something for everyone.
The Sunday, September 12th ceremony will officially begin at 8 p.m. ET, with a red carpet lead-up to celebrate some of your favorite musicians and creators. The VMAs have taken extra care with COVID-19 protocols, so the award show will feel much more in-person than virtual.
What to expect from music videos' biggest night? Plenty of great performances from the likes of Chlöe (in her solo debut), Olivia Rodrigo, and more. The Foo Fighters will receive the show's Global Icon Award, and they will also perform.
As you prepare for a night of exciting live performances and awards, start making your watch plan. Here's how to live stream the 2021 VMAs, who is hosting, and more answers to your burning questions.
Who Is Hosting the VMAs?
The 2021 VMAs will be hosted by none other than last year's Best New Artist winner Doja Cat, who has her work cut out for her: she's also performing, and she is nominated for several awards including Video of the Year.
Who is Presenting the Awards?
Presenters, meanwhile, will include Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, Billie Eilish, Billy Porter, Hailey Bieber, Halle Bailey, Ja Rule, Simone Biles and so many more.
Who Is Performing?
The performances will be numerous: Normani, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Kacey Musgraves, Chlöe, and Twenty One Pilots are all slated to perform some of their biggest songs. (Sadly, Lorde will no longer be performing at the 2021 VMAs, but fingers crossed for more live shows from her soon.)
Who Is Nominated for the 2021 VMAs?
Popular music's heavy-hitters stacked up nominations by the handful this year. Justin Bieber earned seven, Megan Thee Stallion earned six, while Billie Eilish, BTS, Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and Giveon all earned five apiece.
The biggest category of the night, Video of the Year, has a stacked lineup of nominees that include Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B’s “WAP,” Drake and DJ Khaled’s “Popstar,” Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More,” Lil Nas X’s “Montero," Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits,” and The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears.”
Fans decide who will win based on online voting, and you can check out the full list of nominees here.
How Do I Watch?
Luckily, there are many, many ways you can tune into the MTV VMAs should you decide to do so. Let's start with the classics.
Watch on a Selection of Cable Channels
For the second year in a row, the VMAs have opened their simulcast to a big variety of cable channels, but you only need one: CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW Network will all air the ceremony.
Stream Online Through a Cable Provider
Cable providers like Xfinity, Spectrum, and more, have online streaming options for live TV. All you'll need is your provider username and password, and you'll be able to watch from the comfort of your phone or laptop screen. You can also stream directly from MTV.com and the MTV app with a cable login.
Snag a Free Trial for a Streaming Service
If you don't have cable, never fear. Try Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV, AT&T TV NOW, and YouTube TV, most of which have free trials for short periods of time.
Tune into the Twitter Pre-Show
This year's pre-show ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch on MTV as well as on Twitter under the @MTV handle. The 2021 “VMAs” Pre-Show will feature hosts Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa unpacking red carpet looks, previous memorable moments from past VMAs, and more — with help from celebrity correspondent Tinashe. Performers include Kim Petras, Polo G, and more.
The MTV VMAs begin at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 12th.
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