First VMA Artists Announced Include Anitta, J Balvin

Anitta and J Balvin

Anitta and J Balvin
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MTV has confirmed the first set of performers for this month’s VMAs and two global superstars are leading the charge: Brazilian pop maven Anitta and reggaeton juggernaut J Balvin. Marshmello x Khalid, a dual project from EDM artist and R&B singer, and pop-punk band Panic! At The Disco completes the (announced) lineup.

This year’s awards will mark Anitta’s debut on the VMAs stage. She would also give the first-ever TV performance of her new track “Envolver.” Along with the long list of ‘firsts’ for the superstar, Anitta is also up for her VMA debut in the ‘Best Latin’ category – making her the first Brazilian artist to be nominated.

Another Latin star, J Balvin returns to the VMAs stage from a different side of his career than Anitta. If the “Prince of Reggaeton” wins the award for which he was nominated, “Best Latin,” it will mark his sixth VMA and make him the most awarded Latin artist in VMA history. J Balvin, who last performed at the awards in 2019 with Bad Bunny, will also world premiere his new single “Nivel de Perreo” featuring Ryan Castro, proving there are always more premieres to celebrate.

The duet Marshmello x Khalid is also a first attempt, although both artists have been nominated before. While five-time nominee Marshmello will make his main stage debut, Khalid returns for the first time since his 2017 debut at the awards, winning “Best New Artist” on the same night. The duo are set to release their new single together “Numb,” having previously collaborated on “Silence” in 2017.

On the other hand, Panic! At The Disco is a veteran VMA band, which also last performed in 2018. In addition to being one of the most featured acts at the ceremony in the past, Panic! At The Disco was also nominated for 9 VMAs and first won in 2006 for “Video of the Year”. The group is nominated this year for “Best Alternative Video”.

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards airs Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

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