MTV announced recently that the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will be hosted by pop star Katy Perry. In addition to hosting and performing, she also secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the award show. She clinched nominations in Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for her song Chained to the Rhythm, Best Art Direction for Bon Appetit, and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ Feels featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.
Perry had this to say, “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.” She went on to say, “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”
Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent at Viacom, commented “We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs.” Gillmer continued, “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.”
Katy Perry’s new album, Witness, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This marks her third album to debut atop the chart and the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. It also claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and Current Pop Albums charts.
The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.