Taking a break from her hosting duties at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, Doja Cat took the stage for a sizzling live performance of her songs “Been Like This” and “You Right” on Sunday (September 12) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Both tracks featured on her debut album Planet Her, which was released in June.
Introducing Doja Cat was gymnast Simone Biles, who said: "I'd say [Doja Cat's] Team U.S.A., but I think she prefers Planet Her." The introduction felt keenly appropriate for the high-flying performance that would soon ensue: Doja began singing "Been Like This" as she literally floated above the stage, surrounded by an orb of circling light.
She was the fourth performer to begin their act suspended from the arena's rafters — after The Kid Laroi, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Rodrigo. Her body contorted mid-air as fans' hands stretched upwards toward her. As she completed "Been Like This," Doja descended to the stage to begin her performance "You Right." Her scarlet-red attire was a stark contrast to two nearby dancers garbed in blue, and the trio launched into intimate martial arts-inspired choreography.
Earlier in the week, Doja Cat said she was "very honored" to return to the VMAs after delivering a knockout performance of "Say So" at last year's ceremony. "There's not much of a fear of not topping [the last performance]," she told MTV News correspondent Dometi Pongo. "I like to do everything, I like to try everything once."
Doja’s number followed other out-of-this-world performances by Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi, Olivia Rodrigo, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow, Shawn Mendes and Tainy, and more. Other artists including Machine Gun Kelly and Normani will take the stage later in the evening.
The 2021 VMAs are airing live on MTV from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Find the full list of winners right here and keep up with all of the night's biggest VMA moments!