MTV VMAs: LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow set to host


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The MTV Video Music Awards later this month won’t have one host but three, with rap stars LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow set to anchor the ceremony.

They will introduce and present the famous Moon Person trophies alongside artists such as Lizzo, Anitta, BLACKPINK, J Balvin, Måneskin, Kane Brown, Marshmello with Khalid and Panic! At The Disco on August 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Having multiple hosts isn’t new to the VMAs, which were first anchored by Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd in 1984 and introduced Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans as emcees in 2000. Other previous hosts include Katy Perry , Arsenio Hall, Jack Black, Russell Brand, Chris Rock and, last year, Doja Cat.

From left to right, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow will host the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. (AP Photo)

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LL Cool J is a three-time nominee who won Best Rap Video in 1991 for “Mama Said Knock You Out” and received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 1997.

Minaj has been nominated 17 times and won five times at the VMAs, and she’s nominated for best hip-hop video this year. She will also receive the Video Vanguard Award this year, joining music luminaries such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott in earning the honor.

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Jack Harlow is tied with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X for the most nominations at this year's MTV VMAs with seven.

Jack Harlow is tied with Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X for the most nominations at this year’s MTV VMAs with seven.
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Harlow, a 2020 Song of the Summer nominee for “Whats Poppin,” tied for the most nominations this year with seven, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year. He will also make his solo debut at the VMAs. At last year’s VMAs, Harlow and Lil Nas X gave the first performance of “Industry Baby.”

Lil Nas X and Kendrick Lamar also have seven nominations.

Harlow, Lil Nas X, Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lizzo will compete for Entertainer of the Year honors.

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Harry Styles is competing with Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran and Lizzo for Entertainer of the Year.

Harry Styles is competing with Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, Drake, Bad Bunny, Ed Sheeran and Lizzo for Entertainer of the Year.
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Styles and Doja Cat received the second most nominations with six, while Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd got five each.

Fans can vote for their favorite artists in 22 categories online until Friday. Nominations for Group of the Year and Song of the Summer will be announced on Friday. The vote for the best new artist will be active until the end.


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