Miley Cyrus has joined the star-studded lineup of performers for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which are set for Aug. 30.
She joins Lady Gaga, BTS, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Maluma and CNCO. Cyrus is the first announced performer who is not a 2020 VMA nominee.
Cyrus will perform her new single “Midnight Sky,” which was released Friday (Aug. 14). Cyrus co-wrote “Midnight Sky” with Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt, Ilsey Juber, Jonathan Bellion and Louis Bell; it was co-produced by Bell and Watt.
Cyrus won video of the year at the 2014 VMAs for “Wrecking Ball” and hosted the 2015 show. She is one of only two people in VMAs history to both host the show and (at some point in their career) walk off with the top honor. The other is Katy Perry, who won video of the year for “Firework” in 2011 and hosted in 2017.
This will be Cyrus’ fifth performance on the show; the first time she has performed in back-to-back years. She sang her smash “We Can’t Stop” (and, wagging a foam finger, joined Robin Thicke for an infamous performance of his smash “Blurred Lines”) in 2013, closed the show with “Dooo It!” in 2015, performed her new single “Younger Now” in 2017 and debuted “Slide Away” last year.
“Dooo It!” was never released as a single. “Younger Now” and “Slide Away” were, but failed to crack the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cyrus is a 14-time VMA nominee, though her only win was the big one for “Wrecking Ball.”
Keke Palmer is set to host this year’s VMAs. Live performances will be shot at various outdoor sites in New York City, rather than at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
Fans can vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including video of the year and artist of the year, at vma.mtv.com through Aug. 23. Voting for PUSH best new artist presented by Chime Banking will remain open until the show is on the air.