DJ Khaled is securing the bag with a major gig. The prolific DJ/producer and Snapchat extraordinaire will be bringing his major keys and then some to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards as a host for Sunday night's pre-show and a correspondent for the main event alongside Charlamagne Tha God and Lizzo from MTV’s Wonderland.
"The VMAs is a show I've always wanted to be a part of and I'm a big fan of it," Khaled tells Billboard over the phone. "For me to be involved in the pre-show as well as the main show, I'm excited. Put it this way -- expect nothing but greatness and also expect the unexpected because when you got Khaled on the bill, ratings go extra high." The 8 p.m. ET/PT pre-show, powered by Pepsi, will feature performances from Alessia Cara, Jidenna and Lukas Graham. Pepsi will also launch a new program, The Sound Drop, on VMA night, spotlighting the three performers on its YouTube channel throughout the year.
Though keeping his lips zipped about the specifics of the VMA surprises he's plotting, the keyholder assures he's up to something. "I'm going all out," he continues. "It's gonna be nothing but love, energy and fun." His preparation for the show, which lands in New York's iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday (Aug. 28), is simple. "The key to success is just being myself. When I talked to the VMAs and MTV family, [they said] that's what they wanted me to do -- to bring the Khaled vibe. I'ma give you that cloth talk. I'ma give you them keys -- the keys to more wins, more success and more blessings."