Eighteen-year-old pop singer Bea Miller opened the MTV Movie and TV Awards festival on Sunday (May 7) with a performance of her track “Young Blood” and a previously unreleased song, which fans are attributing the title “Buy Me Diamonds.”
Next up was Demetrius Shipp Jr., who will play legendary late rapper Tupac Shakur in the 2017 film All Eyez on Me.
Rising pop singer Zara Larsson performed “Don’t Let Me Be Yours” and rockers All Time Low delivered such hits as “Weightless,” “Dirty Laundry,” and “Last Young Renegade.”
The red carpet was cut short by about an hour due to inclement weather, but Billboard caught up with musicians and actors who were willing to brave the storm and chat about their favorite things to watch and listen to.
Billboard: What’s your favorite TV show right now?
Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson – The Eric Andre Show
Jack Barakat from All Time Low – Better Call Saul
Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low and Chanel West Coast – Stranger Things
Rian Dawson from All Time Low – Westworld
Zack Merrick and DeRay Davis – The Walking Dead
Justin Prentice – 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, or Black Mirror
RuPaul – “Well, I always love Judge Judy, but there’s so many great shows out there. This is the second golden age of television and I wish I had more time to watch it.”
Lil Rel Howery – Insecure and Atlanta.
Asia Kate Dillon – “I’m always binge watching Bob’s Burgers. I love any cartoon that seamlessly integrates puns.”
Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky – The Get Down, 13 Reasons Why, and Bloodline
Tyler Posey – Shameless and Rick and Morty
Billboard: What’s your favorite movie?
Nick Robinson – Annie Hall
Amandla Stenberg and Lil Rel Howery – Get Out
Justin Prentice – “The Alien franchise.”
RuPaul – “The Wizard of Oz, because it’s a parable for life.”
Asia Kate Dillon – “A documentary called 13th by Ava DuVernay. I think for anyone who is already familiar or isn’t familiar with systemic racism and the prison-industrial complex, it’s a really succinct film that gives you all of the information you need to know.”
DeRay Davis – “Evil Dead, the original.”
Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky – The Accountant
Tyler Posey – “Fight Club. I just read the book and I’ve got to keep it old school.”
Michelle Visage – Showgirls
Billboard: Whose MTV Movie and TV Awards Performance are you most excited to see tonight?
All Time Low ?– “Ours.”
DeRay Davis – “The surprise guest, because you have to be important to be the surprise.”
Jack Johnson, Jack Gilinsky, and Chanel West Coast – “Big Sean”
Billboard: If you could meet any musician tonight, who would it be?
Justin Prentice? – “Selena Gomez because she’s my boss and amazing.”
Jack Johnson – “Bruno Mars”
DeRay Davis – “If the carpet changed to purple right now and Prince came walking out, that would be great.”
Jack Gilinsky – “Big Sean”
Billboard: If you were going to perform a song tonight, what would it be and why?
Justin Prentice – “Probably something country from Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings and everyone would be confused and wonder what I’m doing.”
RuPaul – “I have to go with ‘Save Up All Your Tears’ by Cher and that would be a salute to the losers.”
DeRay Davis – “’Purple Rain’, but not if Prince were here, that would be weird. I don’t know, ‘Born in the USA?’”
Michelle Visage – “I would do ‘Like a Virgin’ because obviously I’m a virgin.”