The 2022 VMAs are less than two weeks away, and the big night will showcase a few newcomer performers, as well as some veterans. Blackpink, Jack Harlow, Lizzo, and Måneskin are slated to take the stage live, joining an already all-star list of musical guests at this year’s awards show.
Blackpink will make history twice in one night. The ceremony will host the band’s first-ever performance of the single “Pink Venom,” in what will be their American awards show debut. Last year, they became the first K-pop girl group to take home a Moon Person, winning for Song of the Summer, and this year, they are nominated in the all-new Best Metaverse Performance category. For her self-titled track “Lalisa,” Blackpink member Lisa is also nominated in the Best K-pop category as the first-ever solo female K-pop star and Korean soloist.
Another group making both their first award show performance in the United States and VMAs debut is Måneskin. The Italian glam-rock band will take the stage performing their hit single “Supermodel.” Måneskin also received a pair of VMA nominations this year in two categories: Best New Artist and Best Alternative.
Pop star Lizzo will return to the stage with a performance of her song “2 Be Loved” from her celebrated new album, Special. This will be her second live performance at the VMAs since her show-stopping debut of the massive mashup of “Good As Hell” and “Truth Hurts” in 2019. She is nominated in four VMA categories this year, including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
At last year’s VMAs, rapper Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X gave the debut performance of the iconic duet “Industry Baby,” and this year, he will return for his first solo performance on the main stage. The artist leads in nominations with seven nods this year, including two of the night’s most coveted awards, Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. He was first nominated at the VMAs in 2020 for PUSH New Artist and Song of the Summer, where he also performed “Whats Poppin” during the pre-show.
Harlow is tied with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X for the most noms, while Doja Cat and Harry Styles follow as runner-ups with six each. Not too far behind, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd currently rack up five. Find the full list of 2022 VMA nominees right here.
Blackpink, Lizzo, Harlow, and Måneskin join previously announced performers Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid, Panic! at the Disco, and Kane Brown. Nicki Minaj, the 2021 recipient of the Video Vanguard Award, will also take the stage for her first VMA performance since 2018.
The 2022 VMAs will return to New Jersey’s Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, August 28. The ceremony previously hit the Garden State in 2019, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco; last year’s show aired from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Find the full list of 2022 VMA nominees right here, and be sure to go vote for your faves at vma.mtv.com.
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