Katy Perry Named Host of 2017 MTV VMAs

Katy Perry - MTV VMAs 2017 host
Katy Perry (photo: David LaChapelle)

MTV today announced Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Perry is also the first performer announced for this year’s show. Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for “Chained to the Rhythm,” Best Art Direction for “Bon Appetit” and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ “Feels” featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.

“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 Perry. “Come August 27, 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.”

MTV released the full list of nominees for the 2017 MTV VMAs earlier this week. Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE.” Katy Perry and The Weeknd are tied with five nominations each, following closely behind is Bruno Mars and DJ Khaled tied with four, and Ed Sheeran and Alessia Cara tied with three nominations each. Performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.