Kane Brown Makes MTV VMA History As First Male Country Artist To Perform At Awards: ‘A Huge Honor’


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Kane Brown is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards, making history as the first male country music artist to perform at the awards show.

The show is known for its iconic performances over the years, including Whitney Houston in 1986, Beyoncé in 2003, Prince in 1991, Britney Spears and Madonna in 2003, and the ‘N Sync reunion in 2013. Brown’s appearance will be a performance of mixed reality.

“It’s a huge honor to be part of the VMAs,” Brown told Fox News Digital. “I feel like we all have moments and memories watching the show’s performances and collaborations.

“It’s such an iconic show to be a part of, and I feel really honored that they asked me. I can’t say too much, but I can say they can expect this be something they’ve never seen before.”

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Ariana Grande is one of the artists nominated for one of the latest MTV VMA categories, Best Metaverse Performance.
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Brown’s mixed reality performance isn’t the only new addition to this year’s awards show. A new category has been added for Best Metaverse Performance, and early nominees include Ariana Grande, BLACKPINK, BTS, Charli XCX, Justin Bieber, and Twenty One Pilots.

The network is also launching The Video Music Awards Experience on Roblox in partnership with Super League Gaming, which will offer fans the opportunity to experience a virtual red carpet, music and dance themed activities and many other immersive experiences.

“The MTV Video Music Awards has a long history of social and digital innovation, as we always seek to meet our fans where they are,” said Amy Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer, Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios.

“We are thrilled to be working with our friends at Super League Gaming for the VMAs experience on Roblox, which will give our fans an exclusive opportunity to experience the VMAs like never before – in the metaverse.”

The Metaverse experience will be available to fans starting August 12, with new experiences and opportunities to vote until the night of the show.

Brown is thrilled that his performance is one of the first in the show’s history to incorporate some of those mixed reality elements, which tie into the introduction of the Metaverse. He is also delighted to attend the event and be in the company of other musicians.

Kane Brown is excited to incorporate mixed reality elements into his performance and see all the other performers.

Kane Brown is excited to incorporate mixed reality elements into his performance and see all the other performers.
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Speaking with Fox News Digital, Brown struggled to decide which artist he was most looking forward to seeing and collaborating with in the future.

“I don’t even know if they’ve revealed the full lineup yet, but there are too many amazing performances to pick just one,” Brown explained. “I love doing collaborations. I always feel like different artists always have different things to contribute, and it’s such a creative space when you can walk into a room and learn and grow from each other and create something their fans and yours are proud of too.”

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While Brown is generally considered a country music artist, fans called his latest song “Grand” his first crossover into the pop genre. He thanks his fans for allowing him to express himself through his music and allowing him to explore all of his creative impulses.

“When I wrote the song ‘Grand’, it was something I was going through and I wanted to inspire people to come out on the other side,” he said. “I know who I am and being able to be as creative as possible is something I really feel about the fans, and I love them for it.”

Brown is grateful that his fans allow him to explore different genres in his music and express himself creatively.  He hopes people will listen to his music and get to know him better as a person.

Brown is grateful that his fans allow him to explore different genres in his music and express himself creatively. He hopes people will listen to his music and get to know him better as a person.
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Brown wrote the song during a dark time in her life in hopes that others could relate to her experiences and feel less alone.

“You have those moments when you’re writing where you’re hoping other people who might be going through the same thing can relate to it and feel like they’re not alone in what they’re going through or have hope,” Brown said. “I also think music is amazing in that it can help people get through moments, but also remind you of moments and help people celebrate. You can hear a song and be instantly transported to a moment or a place.”

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“Grand” is a snippet from his upcoming album “Different Man,” which he describes as a snapshot of the past few years, but also of where he is right now. He hopes this album will make fans feel like they know him better.

“Someone said to me the other day, ‘This is a real coming-of-age album,’ which was really flattering to hear,” Brown explained. “I just want people to listen to it and feel like they know more about me, who I am, and they can associate something with that in their lives.”

When asked if he thinks his two daughters will follow in his musical footsteps, he said: “It’s so fun to see how much music is a part of their lives” and that he’s often “baffled by the amount of singing voice” her two-year-old daughter has already done.

Brown, pictured here with wife Katelyn Jae, is already impressed with his two-year-old daughter's musical talents, admitting music is a big part of their lives.

Brown, pictured here with wife Katelyn Jae, is already impressed with his two-year-old daughter’s musical talents, admitting music is a big part of their lives.
(Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)

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Fans can watch Brown perform live at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 28, and listen to her new album following its September 9 release.


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