MTV VMA Performers 2022: Eminem & Snoop Dogg, Bad Bunny, & More Announced For Music Extravaganza

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards promise to deliver some unforgettable moments and even more spectacular performances, so find out who’ll hit the stage for the Aug. 28 show.

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One of music’s biggest nights of the year will be at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Aug. 28: the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow lead the pack of nominees with seven apiece, with Harry Styles, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd all racking up multiple nominations. However, it wouldn’t be a VMAs without some mind-blowingly epic performances. MTV also announced that the show will have three all-star hosts, spanning generations: LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow. Ahead of the 2022 show, here’s a running list of all the amazing acts slated to perform during the event, plus the hosts for the evening!

Snoop Dogg & Eminem

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Eminem and Snoop Dogg will perform at the 2022 MTV VMAs – and in the metaverse. In celebration of the newly created “Best Metaverse Performance” category, the two rap icons will deliver a first-of-its-kind performance at the VMAs. Snoop and Eminem will transform the stage to perform “From the D 2 The LBC” in an epic display inspired by the world of the Otherside metaverse.

MTV VMA partnered with Yuga Labs to bring this creation to life, and fans will have to tune in to see what magic they have cooked up.

Bad Bunny

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Bad Bunny returns to the MTV VMAs for the first time since 2019 with an exclusive “made for VMAs” performance. The Puerto Rican sensation will perform live from his “Bad Bunny: World Hottest Tour” stop at Yankee Stadium in New York City. He’s also up for two major categories – Artist of the Year and Best Latin – as well as two social categories. If he takes home Artist of the Year, it’ll be the first-ever non-English language artist to win that category.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will earn the Global Icon award during the show. (Rob Latour/Shutterstock)

The classic California rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers were announced as the recipients of the 2022 Global Icon Award. The band, who recently reunited with longtime guitarist John Frusciante, will hit the VMA stage for the first time in 20 years, as MTV announced. While it’s not clear what the band will play, it will likely be a medley of some of their biggest hits, similar to what the Foo Fighters did when they received the same award last year.

BLACKPINK

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Ahead of their sophomore album Born Pink, international sensations BLACKPINK will make their U.S. award show debut with the first U.S. performance of “Pink Venom.” In 2020, the group made history as the first K-Pop girl group to take home a VMA (“Song of the Summer”) and will look to add to their collection as they compete in the new category, Best Metaverse Performance. BLACKPINK’s LISA is also the first solo female K-Pop star and Korean soloist to be nominated for a Moonperson.

Jack Harlow

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As one of the most nominated performers in this year’s VMAs, Jack Harlow could end the night with a Moonperson or two. Aside from making his debut as one of the three co-hosts, he’ll return to the VMAs stage following last year’s performance of “Industry Baby” with Lil Nas X. This year, he will make his debut solo MTV VMA performance (probably playing “First Class,” but who knows what he’ll break out?)

Lizzo

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It’s about damn time that Lizzo returns to the MTV VMAs. After performing “Good As Hell” / “Truth Hurts” in 2019, Lizzo’s been absent from the MTV VMAs. She’ll return with a performance of “2 Be Loved.” Lizzo’s up for four awards this year, including Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

Måneskin

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A year after the band took home the Best Rock award at the MTV EMAs, Måneskin make their MTV VMAs debut with a performance of their No. 1 alternative hit, “SUPERMODEL.” The band is also up for Best New Artist and Best Alternative, making them the first Italian act to be nominated in a main VMA category.

Kane Brown

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Kane Brown will make his epic VMAs debut from the Toyota Stage with a first-time TV performance of “Grand,” the new single from his highly-anticipated third album Different Man, dropping September 9th. Surprisingly, Kane will make history as the first male country artist to perform at MTV VMAs.

Anitta

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Dubbed as a “charismatic global pop sensation,” the Brazilian singer Anitta will make her VMAs main stage debut with a performance of her new chart-topper, “Envolver.” The song recently earned her a Guinness Book of World Records certification as the first solo Latin artist to hit #1 on Spotify

She is also up for her first award in the Best Latin category. She’s also the first Brazilian artist to be nominated for a Moon Person.

J Balvin

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J Balvin will return to the MTV VMAs with the television/world premiere of “Nivel de Perreo” with Ryan Castro. The Colombian superstar previously performed with Bad Bunny in 2019, rocking the VMAs with “Que Pretendes.”

J Balvin is looking to take home his sixth Moon Person for Best Latin (“In Da Getto” with Skrillex). Such a win would make him the most awarded Latin artist in VMAs history.

Marshmello x Khalid

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Despite having one of the most iconic faces – er, masks – Marshmello hasn’t performed on the main stage of the MTV VMAs. That is, he hasn’t – until now. He will debut alongside Khalid, and the two will deliver a world premiere television performance of their collab, “Numb.”

Marshmello has five VMA nominees to his name. Khalid took home Best New Artist in 2017, the same year he performed “1-800-273-8255” with Logic and Alessia Cara.

Panic! At The Disco

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Fresh off of releasing their new song, “Local God,” Panic! At The Disco will return to the VMA stage for the first time since 2018. During the Aug. 28 show, Brendon Urie and crew will world premiere their new song, “Middle of a Breakup,” from the band’s forthcoming album, Viva Las Vengeance. The group is also up for best Alternative Video this year – the first time it’s been nominated in that category.

LL Cool J

LL won his first Moonman over 30 years ago. (Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock)

The classic rapper will serve as the host for the show, alongside Nicki and Jack. LL is no stranger to the VMAs though. He won a Moonman in 1991 for Best Rap Video for his classic “Mama Said Knock You Out.” He was also awarded the Video Vanguard award in 1997.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki has performed at the VMAs on a few different occasions. (Evan Agostini/AP/Shutterstock)

Another seasoned pro, Nicki has rocked the stage at the VMAs on plenty of occasions, and she’s won a handful of awards. This will mark her first time hosting the show! While she’s not up for anything this year, she has five Moonmen back home, which she’s won over the course of her career.

Voting for the 2022 MTV VMAs is now open. Fans can cast their pick for their favorites across 22 gender-neutral categories by visiting vote.mtv.com through Friday, Aug. 19, thanks to Burger King®.  Voting for “Best New Artist,” presented by EXTRA® Gum, remains active into the show, giving fans some extra time to pick their favorites.

The MTV VMAs will air live on Aug. 28, 2022, at 8pm ET/PT, and will be simulcast across The CW, along with BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand, and VH1. 

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