2021 MTV VMAs: How to watch, who's performing and everything else you need to know

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Who is performing at the Vmas 2021?

The 2021 VMAs will be hosted by Doja Cat, who won the award for best new artist last year, and will feature performances from Normani, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber, Chloe Bailey, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, and many others. Vogue.comHow to Watch the 2021 MTV VMAs

Is BTS performing at the Vmas 2021?

They're followed by several five-times-nominated artists, including Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Drake, Giveon and BTS. (The K-pop boy band may also perform a live set at the show; see below for more on that.) ParadeMTV VMAs 2021: Host, Performers, Nominees, How to Watch

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Once a year, the MTV Video Music Awards roll around to honor a year's worth of work in music videos.

This year, the show will take place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center. The event will air live from the venue, the network announced in June.

Since the show, which takes place on Sept. 12, is so close to the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, MTV has teamed up with "the 9/11 Day nonprofit on events designed to ‘promote awareness and action’ in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Sure to be an evening packed with stars, memorable performances and more, here's what you need to know about the 2021 MTV VMAs.

The 2021 MTV VMAs will air on MTV on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET. It has not yet been confirmed this year, but in the past, the awards have also aired on a few other ViacomCBS-owned stations such as MTV2, VH1, Comedy Central and The CW.

For those who prefer streaming, the VMAs will be available on the MTV app, on MTV's website and on Paramount+.

This year, singer-rapper Doja Cat will serve as the host of the show.

The "Say So" musician, 24, announced the news on Twitter in August. According to Billboard, this will be the first time in history that the host was nominated for video of the year that same year.

Doja Cat is no stranger to the VMAs, as just last year, she won best new artist – one of the year's biggest awards. This year, she's nominated for five more, including the evening's highest honor: video of the year.

As usual, the evening is packed with performances from some of today's biggest stars.

"Cinderella" star Camila Cabello and her beau Shawn Mendes will each take the stage, while Doja Cat, Kacey Musgraves and Justin Bieber are also slated to perform.

Additionally, Lorde, the Foo Fighters, Chlöe, Twenty One Pilots, Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X are confirmed performers.

Rodrigo and Machine Gun Kelly's performances will be their first for the program, while the Foo Fighters will also be bestowed with the first-ever global icon award.

Like Doja Cat, several of the evening's performers are also nominated: Lil Nas X, Rodrigo, Bieber, Mendes, the Foo Fighters and Machine Gun Kelly.

Other superstars like Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga and more are also up for awards.

BTS and Blackpink represent K-pop music while H.E.R. and SZA joined their R&B contemporaries for multiple nods.

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Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of MTV VMAs As Husband Faces up to a Decade in Prison

Newsweek 11 September, 2021 - 08:20am

The rap superstar made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday—within hours of the news that her husband, Kenneth Petty, is facing a possible prison sentence.

When one of the "Anaconda" hitmaker's followers asked whether she would be performing at the VMAs, set to take place in New York City on Sunday, Minaj responded: "I just pulled out. I'll explain why another day."

The Trinidad-born star, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, went on to praise VMAs producer Bruce Gillmer, writing: "But I love those guys at MTV. Thank you Bruce. I love you so much. Next year we there baby."

On the same day, it was revealed her husband had pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California.

According to court records obtained by People, Petty, 43, entered the guilty plea during a virtual hearing on Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Petty, who has an 11-month-old son with Minaj, now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Us Weekly reports that minimum sentencing would be five years of supervised release and a $100 court assessment fee.

His sentencing has been scheduled for January 24, 2022.

In March 2020, Petty was arrested after being indicted for the failure to register. According to People, he pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail.

Petty was sentenced to 18 to 54 months for the attempted rape, which took place in 1994 when he and his victim were both teenagers. He spent about four-and-a-half years in prison, according to inmate records.

In 2006, he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter after shooting a man in New York four years earlier. Petty was sentenced to 10 years in prison and served seven, according to The Blast.

I just pulled out. I’ll explain why another day. But I love those guys at MTV. thank you Bruce. I love you so much. Next year we there baby. https://t.co/QkueA9fcOu

In August, the woman that Petty was convicted of attempting to rape, Jennifer Hough, filed a lawsuit against him and Minaj. She has accused the couple of attempting to intimidate and bribe her into recanting her accusations.

Childhood friends Minaj and Petty, who married in October 2019, were also accused of intentional infliction of emotional distress. Hough's lawsuit states that she was offered as much as $500,000 to recant.

"If I lie now and say that I lied then, you know what that does?" Hough was quoted by The New York Times as saying in an August interview. "Do you know what that's going to say to my two little girls, or even my sons?"

According to the lawsuit, Hough "has not worked since May of 2020 due to severe depression, paranoia, constant moving, harassment and threats from the defendants and their associates."

Newsweek has contacted representatives of Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty for comment.

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Doja Cat Teases Her VMAs Fashion Plans

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California-based PR agency to pay relocation expenses for Texas employees due to abortion law

Consequence 10 September, 2021 - 11:31am

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AUSTIN, Texas — Bospar, a California-based public relations agency, is paying for its staff members who live in Texas to relocate to “ensure they have control of their reproductive health.”

The agency announced its Texas Relocation Plan in response to Texas’s new abortion law. The law bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks into a pregnancy.

The Joe Biden administration has sued the State of Texas over the controversial law, arguing the law unlawfully infringes on the constitutional rights of women and violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. 

The company's “evacuation program” would pay for all relocation expenses for any staff member, according to a press release. Bospar has six employees in Texas.

Sarah Freeman, a senior account executive who works for Bospar and is based in Austin, said her friends in their 20s and 30s are considering leaving Texas because of the new law.

“Companies and businesses with employees in Texas have a choice right now: offer employees control of their own reproductive health or risk them leaving,” Freeman said in the release. “Right now, my friends in their 20s and 30s are asking themselves, ‘Should I leave Texas?’ Since Bospar pioneered the virtual work-from-home model at a national level in 2015, relocating and staying with my company is no problem. Now that the agency is offering to pay for relocation, that makes the decision process that much easier.”

Bospar said it will offer the plan to staff members in other states if similar reproductive healthcare laws are passed.

“To incentivize neighbors and friends to create Gilead-on-the-Brazos is political overreach that will result in Texas losing its most talented workforce to California, New York and everywhere in between,” Curtis Sparrer, a Bospar principal, said in the release. “As a company that wants to maintain and attract the best talent, Bospar believes this relocation program – or evacuation program – makes good business sense. We predict other companies will take similar action to retain the best talent until Texas reverses this self-inflicted brain drain.”

Bospar is based in San Francisco. It is a "politely pushy tech PR agency."

Two Texas-based companies, Bumble and Match, have announced plans to create relief funds to support employees and others seeking abortions in Texas.

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All of The Matrix 4 Trailer's New Powers - and What They Could Mean

New York Post 10 September, 2021 - 05:05am

Outside of the Matrix, he could empathically resonate with aspects of the 01 world, destroy hundreds of machine constructs simply by concentrating on them and experience his environment in a thermal spectrum despite the loss of his eyes. Within the Matrix, he could enter into programs and trigger their destruction, revive flatlined users and fly at speeds capable of creating localized gravitational effects. The new trailer for The Matrix Resurrections hints at other ways that Neo, and perhaps Trinity as well, can defy the laws of the Matrix.

There are a few instances where Neo summons some sort of white energy that repulses those around him: once in the lake dojo while sparring with a young Morpheus and again while fending off almost two dozen members of an armed SWAT team. For a brief moment, there is also an image of Neo clasping someone's hand and this energy is present between their clasped fingers. In The Matrix Reloaded, white energy was paired with the Architect, the program that conceived of and built the Matrix. Considering that Neo ultimately died while tethered to the Machine City's nerve center, there could be a thematic connection between himself and powers of creation within the boundaries of the interface.

This tracks with established dynamic laws presented through the franchise's world-building. Agent Smith tells Neo that his ability to absorb entities within the Matrix came to be because of Neo annihilating his code. The remnant reconstituted itself as a new Agent Smith that became a plague neither the machines nor mankind had any safeguards against. Smith extrapolated portions of Neo's code, meshed it with his own fragments, and became something entirely new and more fearsome, so the same could be true of Neo's own demise while linked to the core AI.

In one scene, Neo and Trinity are looking at one another and lines of code are visible, cascading in her face. This could be the latest expression of his ability to discern the truth within the labyrinth of the machine's deceptions, or it could denote Trinity's existence being rooted in the Matrix in a new way, given that her physical body died in the real world. The Trinity interacting with Neo in The Matrix Resurrections could be a simulacrum generated entirely by the machines and so he perceives her differently. There is also a scene where Trinity is harnessed in a pod, slick with neo-natal slime, that suggests her presence is very real. If that's the case, then maybe she is a clone built from Trinity's genetic code, which given the previous iterations described by the Architect and the service the One is meant to provide, makes a certain kind of sense. Bereft of an Oracle, or an older, wiser version of Morpheus to guide them, it will be interesting to see these characters discern the truth of these potential abilities on their own, or with new guidance.

Finally, one scene in the Matrix Resurrections trailer shows Trinity screaming alongside splintered images of herself, some of which don't resemble her very closely. This could be her gathering some power siphoned from all of her iterations, past, present and future. Or it could simply be an interesting kaleidoscopic rendering of her reacting to something, or someone, in a visually powerful way.

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