MTV sure know how to put on award shows! The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the most exciting music award shows of the year and this year, the awards return to Los Angeles on the 27th of August. This year, MTV have secured pop sensation Katy Perry as the official host of the show and aside from being a nominee (she’s nominated five times!), she will bring the heat with her excellent hosting and performing skills. This comes in advance of the world tour for her most recent, chart-topping album, Witness which has taken the world by storm.

“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry. “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”

“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”

Building on the critical acclaim of the non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network also announced the former “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories have been combined for “Artist of the Year.” Additionally, “Best Fight Against the System” has been added to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.

To add African flair to the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Africa and Smirnoff will be travelling to the ceremony with choreographer and television personality Somizi Mhlongo who will cover the red carpet. His coverage will be showcased in a show dubbed United States of Somizi which will air at a later date on the channel.

Commented Vice President for BET, Youth and Music, Monde Twala: “MTV Africa is exhilarated to be travelling to Los Angeles with the multi-talented Somizi Mhlongo, where he is set to host the red carpet for our African audiences on 27 August 2017. MTV Video Music Awards is one of the biggest music events in the world and Somizi is renowned for his choreography and contribution in the music scene. Viewers must tune in for a magical night of great music entertainment.”

Fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com. Additionally, voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing on MTV (DStv channel 130) on Monday 28 August at 01:00 CAT and repeat 28 August at 20:30 CAT. The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast. Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.
Check out the full list of this year’s MTV VMA nominees here.

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