Kane Brown is the first male country artist to perform at the VMAs

The 2022 MTV Video Music Awards will take place on August 28. At the upcoming awards show, country singer Kane Brown will perform, becoming the first male country artist to perform at the MTV VMAs. Here’s what we know about Brown’s upcoming MTV VMAs performances.

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Kane Brown to perform at the MTV VMAs

On August 11, it was announced that Brown had joined the MTV VMAs performance lineup. The Hollywood Reporter broke the ad exclusively.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kane will be “the first male country artist to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards,” and he’s set to perform his song “Grand.”

The performance of “Grand” will be Kane’s debut at the MTV VMAs, and the first time “Grand” will be performed live on television.

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“Grand” is taken from Kane Brown’s upcoming album

Brown released “Grand” on July 22, and the song moves away from the country genre with more pop and hip-hop elements.

In an interview with AudacityBrown shared how he felt about stepping out of the country with “Grand.”

“I’ve always been so scared to go out and do the Pop thing. If you listen to a lot of my [songs], they still have that country vein…this one doesn’t,” Brown said. “Now I’m not scared, I feel like I am who I am now, just being comfortable with myself.”

With “Grand”, Brown examines how grateful he is for the life and support he has.

“And I wouldn’t trade it for nothing / No, I’d never change it / It’s too long to live it for nothing / So that’s my mood forever / Ain’t life beautiful? / Alone the ones I keep around is my family / No coincidence, that’s always been the plan / And I still keep it great with the fans,” Brown sings in “Grand.”

The single foreshadows Brown’s next album Different Manwhich will be released on September 9.

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How to watch the MTV VMAs

The 2022 MTV VMAs will take place on August 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The awards show will air on MTV beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

So far Brown, Anitta, J Balvin, Khalid and Marshmello, Panic! at the Disco, and Nicki Minaj are set to perform. At the 2022 MTV VMAs, Minaj will also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The nominees in the main categories of the awards show can be viewed below.

Video of the Year:

  • Doja Cat, “Woman”
  • Drake ft. Future & Young Thug, “Way 2 Sexy”
  • Ed Sheeran, “Thrills”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was”
  • Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “brutal” – Geffen Records
  • Taylor Swift – “Too Good (10 Minute Version) (Taylor Version)”

Song of the Year

  • Adele, “Easy on Me”
  • Billie Eilish, “Happier than ever”
  • Doja Cat, “Woman”
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”
  • Lizzo, “About D***Time”
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”

Artist of the Year

  • bad bunny
  • Duck
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Harry Styles
  • Jack Harlow
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo

Best New Artist

  • Baby Keem
  • Dove Cameron
  • gayle
  • Latte
  • Maneskin
  • Seventeen

The full list of nominees can be viewed here.

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