2020 MTV VMAs: How to Watch, Performers, Presenters, Nominees and More
By Alex Ungerman
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The MTV VMAs are upon us! Rain, shine or pandemic, nothing is stopping the annual Video Music Awards. Like nearly all awards shows in the age of the coronavirus, MTV's annual music video celebration is making adjustments in 2020, but still plans to pack the night full of celebrity appearances and performances from major artists.
One major shakeup is moving the show from Brooklyn's Barclays Center to various outdoor performances around NYC with "limited or no audience," according to a statement from the venue's spokespeople to ET earlier this month.
When are the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards? Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8/7c on MTV.
How to watch the VMAs: The show will air on MTV and be livestreamed on MTV.com or the network's app, as well as for the first time, simulcast accross multible ViacomCBS networks, including BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nick at Nite, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land, VH1 and The CW.
What's the Stan Cam? The MTV VMA Stan Cam is a first-of-its-kind, real-time interactive co-viewing experience that fans can interact with on the VMAs Twitter account. With real-time polls, fans can choose what they want to see behind the scenes at the VMAs. And, for the first time ever, fans can watch the VMAs alongside celebs at home as they react to performances and show moments. The VMA Stan Cam at-home audience will include appearances from Asher Angel, Ally Brooke, City Girls, Benny Drama, Finneas, Jojo and more.
Who's hosting? Hustlers star Keke Palmer is at the helm of the 2020 MTV VMAs, making history as the first woman of color to host the show solo.
"I'm so excited," Palmer exclusively shared with ET this week, teasing what to expect for the show. "You're gonna see me, I think, a lot during the show, so I'm very excited to have fun ... you're gonna get all Keke. All what you see of Keke on IG, you're gonna be getting that during the show."
Who's performing the VMA Pre Show?Chloe x Halle will be playing, along with a lineup that includes Machine Gun Kelly featuring Travis Barker and blackbear. Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi and Tate McRae round out the list of performers. Nessa Diab and Jamila Mustafa are set to host the pre-show.
Who's presenting? This year's presenters include Anthony Ramos, Bebe Rexha, Bella Hadid, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith, Joey King, Kelly Clarkson, Machine Gun Kelly, Madison Beer, Nicole Richie, Sofia Carson, and Travis Barker.
How to vote: Fans can vote across 15 gender-neutral categories at vma.mtv.com until Aug. 23. The Best New Artist category can be voted on continuing into the show on Aug 30, or by direct messaging @VMAs on Twitter until Aug. 28. For the social categories, fans can check out the MTV VMA's Instagram Stories to vote.
What else do I need to know? Two new timely categories have been added this year -- Best Music Video From Home and Best Quarantine Performance. Additionally, after more than 20 years, the Best Alternative category is returning to the show.
MTV has also announced that this year's show will honor "Everyday Heroes: Frontline Medical Workers," which will celebrate performances by COVID-19 first responders.
Watch the video below for more on how the MTV VMAs are changing things up this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.