Katy Perry will host the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards,” the Viacom cable channel revealed on Thursday. She’ll kick off the show as performance No. 1, promoting her new album “Witness” in the process.
“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,” Perry said in a media release. “Come August 27th, 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,” added 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.”
The pop star herself posted a promo video for the event to her Twitter account, which now has north of 101 million followers.
Here’s that commercial:
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 27, 2017
This year, Perry scored five VMA nominations of her own: 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.
Jesse Ignjatovic returns as executive producer for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are also executive producers. Melanie Block serves as executive in charge of production. Amani Duncan is music executive in charge. Wendy Plaut is celebrity talent executive in charge.
The 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.