Keke Palmer will host the 2020 Video Music Awards, airing live on MTV Sunday, Aug. 30. Palmer is an actress, music artist and author. She co-hosted GMA3: Strahan, Sara, and Keke on ABC and hosts Singled Out in Quibi. She was in the films Hustlers, Akeelah and the Bee and Ice Age: Continental Drift, among many others. TV credits include Star, Berlin Station and Grease: Live.
GMA3: Strahan, Sara, and Keke was cancelled earlier this week.
“We’re thrilled to have the multi-talented Keke Palmer as this year’s VMAs host,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming & events for ViacomCBS Media Networks. “Keke is an energetic force and a quadruple threat with unmatched comedic wit who will make this year’s show truly unforgettable.”
The event happens at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin will perform.
Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga have nine nominations apiece, while Billie Eilish and The Weeknd have six apiece.
Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are executive producers for the 2020 VMAs.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.