How to Watch the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Cable or Free Online

It’s that time of year again for the MTV VMAs. The awards show brought us so many great moments from the past, including Britney Spears singing with a fallen snake around her neck, Beyoncé announcing she was pregnant without saying a word, Kanye West not leaving Taylor Swift to finish, and Madonna’s infamous liplock with Spears and Christina Aguilera.

This year, the big show might bring us even more unforgettable moments, so you don’t want to miss it. Here’s what time the 2022 VMAs are happening and how you can catch all the action even if you don’t have cable.

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When are this year’s VMAs?

The 38th MTV Video Music Awards take place on August 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, which is the same venue where the show took place in 2019.

“We are thrilled to be back in New Jersey for this year’s VMAs live from the Prudential Center,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, musical talent, programming and events for Paramount and director content, Music for Paramount +. He added that the ceremony in Newark three years ago was “without a doubt one of our most important and successful shows to date and we are thrilled to bring back the incredible energy of the fans for one of the most anticipated and most emblematic evenings in music”.

Who is hosting and performing at this year’s VMAs?

Some of the biggest names in music will take to the stage including BLACKPINK, Lizzo, J Balvin, Marshmellow x Khalid, Panic! at the disco and Kane Brown. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also scheduled to perform. The band will receive the Global Icon Award to celebrate their nearly four decades in music and their impact on alternative rock.

As for who the hosts will be, Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow will share hosting duties this year. Harlow is nominated and will also perform while Minaj receives a huge honor as the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

“Nicki broke barriers for women in hip-hop with her versatility and artistry. She changed the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continues to be shamelessly ‘Nicki’,” Gillmer said in a press release.

Previous recipients of this award are Elton John, Madonna, David Bowie and Jennifer Lopez.

How to watch the show live

The VMAs will air live at 8 p.m. ET and will air in more than 170 countries. The show will air on MTV and MTV2 as well as ViacomCBS networks like VH1, Comedy Central and CW.

If you don’t have a cable, no problem. You can still catch all the action online on the MTV website and MTV app or stream it on Paramount+, Hulu (Live), and YouTube TV.

There will be a VMA pre-show that starts at 6:15 p.m. and will be hosted by Nessa and Kevan Kenney. Fans who don’t have cable can check it out on MTV’s Twitter page.

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