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The annual MTV Video Music Awards touch down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey tonight, with some of the biggest names in music — and their videos — vying to take home the iconic trophy at the end of the night. Rolling Stone cover stars Jack Harlow, Lizzo, Blackpink, and a star-studded lineup of artists will take the stage at this year’s ceremony, with a show that’s sure to have its share of unforgettable moments.
With LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and Jack Harlow set as the 2022 VMAs MCs, here’s everything you need to know about watching the VMAs at home, plus the can’t-miss performances and nominees to look out for this year.
When Are the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards? Airdate, Time
The MTV VMAs air tonight, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. The annual award ceremony is in its 38th year and this year’s Video Music Awards will air on MTV starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
The event will be simulcast on BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1.
How to Watch the 2022 MTV VMAs Live
Anyone can tune into the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards when the ceremony airs live on MTV tonight. Use your cable package to watch the VMAs on TV through MTV or any of the channels listed above. Don’t have cable? Read on for how to livestream the 2022 VMAs at home.
How to Stream the 2022 MTV VMAs Online Without Cable
If you don’t have a traditional cable package but still want to stream the VMAs this year, one of the easiest ways to watch the Video Music Awards online is with a Sling TV subscription. The streaming platform has become a one-stop shop for all things live TV, from sports to major events like the VMAs on MTV.
The streamer’s Sling Blue package gets you more than 40 live TV channels, including BET and Comedy Central, which will be simulcasting the VMAs. A bonus: While a Sling subscription normally costs $35, Sling is running a deal right now that gets you your first month for $17.50 — a 50 percent discount. The discount applies automatically — no promo code needed.
With the Sling Blue package, you can livestream the VMAs online, plus access thousands of on-demand series and movies. You also get 50 hours of DVR storage so you can record all the live moments — like the upcoming Video Music Awards — even if you can’t tune in right when they’re happening in real life.
Access the Sling app using your Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, gaming consoles like Xbox, and whatever smart TV you own. You can use Sling to watch the VMAs on TV, your phone, laptop, or tablet.
Sling TV’s Sling Blue package is one of the best streaming plans for the pop culture-obsessed, with access to channels like Bravo (Real Housewives), E!, TLC (90 Day Fiance, which starts on the 26th), and even letting fans catch college football and NFL games, too.
Who’s Performing at the MTV Video Music Awards 2022?
When it comes to the VMAs, the performances are sometimes just as iconic as the videos the ceremony celebrates. Want proof? Just look to this year’s lineup of performers. The 2022 VMAs will mark Blackpink’s U.S. awards ceremony debut, with the girl group performing their new single “Pink Venom.” Five-time winner J Balvin, meantime, will perform his new track “Nivel de Perreo” with Ryan Castro during the show. MTV has also announced performances by Lizzo, Anitta, Jack Harlow, Panic! at the Disco, and Kane Brown, among others. You can check out the latest list of confirmed performers here.
Blackpink is the buzziest act to hit the stage this year, and if you want to livestream Blackpink’s MTV VMAs performance online, sign up for a discounted Sling TV subscription here and then find the VMAs livestream on BET or Comedy Central to watch Blackpink perform live, along with all the other performers.
Who’s Nominated for the MTV VMAs This Year?
Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Jack Harlow lead this year’s VMA nominations with seven award nods each, including some of the night’s biggest categories. Lil Nas X and Harlow are nominated for Video of the Year for “Industry Baby,” which they performed at the 2021 ceremony, with both also scoring Artist of the Year nods.
Harry Styles and Doja Cat, meanwhile, both scored six nominations at this year’s VMAs for Video of the Year for “As It Was” and “Woman,” respectively, plus Best Pop Video and Best Choreography, to name a few.
Taylor Swift scored multiple nominations for the 10-minute “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” for Best Cinematography, Best Longform Video, Best Direction, and Video of the Year to boot. Swift previously took home a Best Direction trophy for her video for the Lover track “The Man” at the 2020 awards show.
Five-time VMA winner Nicki Minaj, who’s set to perform at Sunday night’s VMAs for the first time in four years, will receive the 2022 Video Vanguard Award. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to receive the Global Icon Award, and they’re also returning to the VMAs stage to perform for the first time in over two decades.
Catch all of the action and stream the MTV VMAs live tonight on Sling. Head over to Sling.com to sign up now.