Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith will be headlining the MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert on Friday, Aug. 22 at The Avalon in Los Angeles.
Sponsored by Time Warner Cable for a third consecutive year, the concert will benefit Lifebeat’s Music Fights HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. It also serves as one of the official events leading up to the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Additionally, Time Warner Cable will be giving tickets exclusively to customers in the Southern California region. Starting Aug. 14, customers whose accounts are in good standing and a valid I.D. can claim tickets at the Time Warner Cable store located in the Beverly Connection Mall in L.A. Each account holder will get two tickets on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
Azalea was nominated for a 2013 VMA in the MTV Artist to Watch category. This year she has received seven nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Best Collaboration. The Australian singer-rapper’s single “Fancy” (from her debut studio album, “The New Classic”) remained on the Billboard charts at No. 1 for seven weeks. She will make her debut VMA performance this year with a a performance of her new single, “Black Widow.”
Meanwhile, Smith is nominated in this year’s “Artist to Watch” VMA. He is also nominated for Best Male Video. His debut album, “In The Lonely Hour,” sold more copies in its first week of release than any other debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan. Beginning in September, he will embark on his second sold-out North American tour.