LOGIC, KHALID, GUCCI MANE
By Jack Barnes
MTV announced additional performers set to take the stage at the 2017 “VMAs” airing live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Logic will perform his hit single “1-800-273-8255” featuring Khalid, and Gucci Mane will take the stage with previously announced Fifth Harmony to perform their song “Down.” Additionally, the show will feature special performances by breakout artists Post Malone and Julia Michaels.
For the 2017 “VMAs,” Logic is nominated for “Best Fight Against the System,” Gucci Mane is nominated with Fifth Harmony for “Best Pop Song,” and Khalid and Julia Michaels are both up for “Best New Artist.” The artists join an extensive performer line-up for the show including previously announced Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Lorde, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Fifth Harmony and the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” winner, P!nk.
The full list of nominees for the 2017 “VMAs” is available here.
Maryland-bredmusician Logic burst onto the music scene through a series of mixtapes that led to a significant, rabid underground fan base. These mixtapes garnered millions of downloads and streams that jumpstarted a worldwide tour all before signing a record deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2014. His debut album Under Pressure (2014) was hailed as one of the year’s finest hip-hop debuts. Following the success of his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story (2015), Logic embarked on his 2016 Incredible World Tour across the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, Logic continues to raise the bar with the release of his third full-length album Everybody, which became his most commercially successful album to date debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart with 250,000 copies sold within its first week.
Khalid released his hit song “Location” before his high school graduation and it garnered over 1.52 million plays in less than two months, which led to his major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. “Location” is certified double platinum in the US and platinum in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Khalid’s debut album American Teen is also certified Gold in the U.S and Canada and has received mass critical acclaim with praise from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Billboard, NYLON and many more. Khalid also embarked on his first-ever headlining tour in both the U.S. and select European cities where he sold-out every single date before the album was even released. “Khalid is the face of Forever 21’s “We Are Forever” pre-fall collection online and in stores worldwide.”
Iconic Atlanta MC Gucci Mane is widely ranked among the most gifted rappers of his generation. He made a triumphant return with critically acclaimed “Everybody Looking,” an album which he completed in just six short days. “Everybody Looking” made an incredible chart debut, coming out at #1 on Soundscan/Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart. Gucci has returned with unparalleled gusto, still backed by his beloved and familiar sound, but with a new air of confidence showcased in his recent projects “Woptober,” The Return of East Atlanta Santa” which featured the platinum-selling “Both ft. Drake,” and the Metro Boomin produced “Drop Top Wop.” He has graced the covers of The New York Times, The Fader, XXL and CR Men’s Book to name a few. Gucci Mane will be releasing his new album “Mr. Davis” on September 15th followed by the release of his book titled “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane” on September 19th. 2017 continues to see Gucci Mane as one of hip-hop’s most prolific and admired artists.
Post Malone stirs a mix of genres into his own sonic sound that’s both intoxicating and invigorating on his RIAA platinum certified full-length debut album, Stoney [Republic Records]. The album helped transform the multiplatinum Dallas, TX maverick into the “#1 Debut Hip-Hop Artist of 2016.” Upon release, Stoney bowed at #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200. In just a few months, the debut album has accumulated close to 3 Billion streams and went platinum in both the U.S. and globally. Stoney’s unbreakable streak of smashes includes the breakout “White Iverson” (4x-platinum), his first Hot 100 Top 10 entry “Congratulations” [feat. Quavo] (4x-platinum), “Go Flex” (platinum), and “Too Young” (platinum).
Unabashed honesty and warm vulnerability turned Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter Julia Michaels into 2017’s biggest global breakout star. Emerging in 2013, she solidified herself as a prolific force, co-writing a string of Billboard Hot 100 hits alongside Justin Tranter, including smashes like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo’s “Close,” while most recently, Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar,” Ed Sheeran’s “Dive,” and John Legend’s “Surefire.” The cumulative worldwide stream count for songs she has co-written exceeds 10 billion to date. Audiences first properly experienced her unbridled emotional artistry on the 2017 debut single “Issues.” Certified RIAA double platinum stateside, the single crossed worldwide consumption of 5 million in less than six months and became “the best-selling song by a new artist released in 2017” according to Nielsen Music.
Fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com. Additionally, voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” Pre-Show airing at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast. Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.
Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are 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.
Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Video Music Awards” include: Extra® Gum, PEPSI®, Swiffer®, Taco Bell®, truth®, and Verizon.
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).
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