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Foo Fighters to Receive 2021 MTV VMAs Global Icon Award

Foo Fighters
Danny Clinch

Foo Fighters

The rock band is slated to return to the VMAs stage for the first time in 15 years.

Foo Fighters will be presented with the first-ever global icon award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards airing live on Sept. 12. Besides receiving the award, the rock band is slated to return to the VMAs stage for the first time in 15 years. 

Foo Fighters debuted on the VMA stage in 1997 for a pre-show performance of "Monkey Wrench" and "Everlong," a pair of songs from their sophomore album, The Colour and the Shape.

The icons are set to join a lineup that includes first-time VMA performers Olivia Rodrigo and Machine Gun Kelly. Other scheduled performers include Lorde, Lil Nas X and Camila Cabello, all of whom have performed on the show in the past.

The band is up for three awards this year for their single “Shame Shame,” which is nominated for best rock, best choreography, and best cinematography.  

Adapted from MTV’s European Music Video Awards (EMAs), the award is given to artists who have “left an indelible mark on the musical landscape and continues to influence, inspire and evolve,” according to an MTV statement. Past winners from the show’s European counterpart include Queen, Eminem, and the late Whitney Houston.  

Foo Fighters' award comes just six weeks before the band is set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Oct. 30.

The band has received 11 Grammys, while frontman Dave Grohl has additional five wins on his own.  

The 2021 MTV VMAs is slated to broadcast live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Fans can cast their votes for the upcoming show at MTV.com/vma/vote until Sept. 3.  

See below for a sneak peek: