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The MTV VMAs Stage Will Get Country Thanks to Kane Brown

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The VMAs are back, which means wild outfits, celebrity beefs, and obviously music videos. As Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow, and Kendrick Lamar lead in nominations this year, the first batch of announced performances shows off various genres of music to get the show started. Kane Brown will be joining his “Famous Friends” at the VMAs, as the first male country musician to ever perform on the MTV show. Brown, who previously earned a rare country nomination for Video for Good in 2021, will headline the Toyota Stage, performing “Grand” off his upcoming album Different Man. (As to why country is so underrepresented on the show? Country-music videos tend to get played on CMT, which hosts its own awards show in the summer.) Also on the subject of making history, the Toyota Stage will have something to do with mixed reality this year, per a press release. Brown joins a lineup that also includes Video Vanguard recipient Nicki Minaj, making history in her own way.

Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid, and Panic! At the Disco are also set perform at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. According to the press release, Anitta will make her “main-stage debut” by singing her Best Latin–nominated song, “Envolver.” Her pal and frequent collaborator, J Balvin, is returning for the first time since 2019 when he performed “Que Pretendes” with Bad Bunny. Masked DJ Marshmello and Khalid are also teaming up for the first time to sing “Numb.” Lastly, Best Alternative category nominee Panic! At the Disco will premiere a new single, “Middle of a Breakup.” The VMAs will air live on MTV and simulcast on the CW Network channels on August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

This post has been updated.

The MTV VMAs Stage Will Get Country Thanks to Kane Brown