2021 MTV VMAs: Date, venue, how to watch and all about 40th edition of award ceremony

The Moon Person trophy has been redesigned by Kehinde Wiley in order to honor the victims of September 11, 2001 terror attacks

                            2021 MTV VMAs: Date, venue, how to watch and all about 40th edition of award ceremony
Justin Bieber, MTV VMA Moon Person and Megan Thee Stallion and (Photos by Emma McIntyre/[email protected]/Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

2021 MTV VMAs will be rolling the red carpet in mid-September but excitement among the fans is already at an all-time high after the performers for the show were announced recently. The coveted award ceremony dedicated to music will also see some of the top global artists hitting the stage and grabbing the famous Moon Person trophy. Foo Fighters will be honored with Global Icon Award whereas, Justin Bieber, who had a stellar run on the charts in 2021, is leading the pack of nominations with seven nods.
Following closely is Megan Thee Stallion with six nods whereas, teen sensation Billie Eilish managed to score five nominations. Artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, BTS, Doja Cat, The Weekend, and Drake are others who will be eyeing to bag the renowned trophy. To celebrate the 40th edition of MTV VMAs, the Moon Person trophy has been redesigned by Kehinde Wiley. Also, this year award’s ceremony will take place in front of a live audience.
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Date and venue

2021 MTV VMAs will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021. While the show is allowing a live audience this year, the award show will also be up for streaming. Speaking of the venue, MTV VMAs are returning to New York City. The much-awaited award show will be held at the Barclays Center for the first time since 2013.

How to watch

The lucky ones might enjoy the front seat drama. However, fans sitting at home can always grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy the ceremony from the couch. 2021 MTV VMAs will be aired at 8 pm ET/5 p.m. PT on CTV. The show will also be aired simultaneously on CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1, and the CW Network on Sunday, September 12.


How to vote for 2021 MTV VMAs?

Continuing the ritual, fans can make their favorite artiste win by casting their vote on the website- vma.mtv.com. They can pick their favorite from 14 gender-neutral categories including Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Video of the Year.

Who is hosting 2021 MTV VMAs?

MTV has not yet divulged any details on who is hosting the award ceremony this year. MEAWW will keep you posted. Last year MTV VMAs were hosted by Keke Palmer.

What are 2021 MTV VMAs all about?

2021 MTV VMAs are falling one day after the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, and therefore, to honor the victims, the Moon Person trophy was redesigned by Kehinde Wiley. Speaking on the same, MTV in an official statement said, as reported by Rolling Stone, “Kehinde Wiley’s Moon Person sculpture represents inclusivity and diversity marked by the historical, environmental and nature relevance of the botanicals.”

MTV further shed light on the redesigned trophy saying, “The design features botanical vines seamlessly flowing up and around the figure’s legs, body, and arms as a commentary on the ethnic histories that surround America. Each intertwined vine or leaf has a different historical relevance, such as the seeds from African slaves, that are woven into the American tapestry” concluding, “The sculpture complements Wiley’s forthcoming series of portraits, in which he plans to create paintings featuring his subjects lying on their sides as vines encircle their bodies.”


Who all are performing?

While the nominations for MTV VMAs were announced on August 11, the performer's list was revealed on August 19, 2021. To take the show a notch higher, MTV has roped in artists like Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Lorde, Machine Gun Kelly, and Olivia Rodrigo to perform at the VMAs Live from the venue.


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