New York, NY (August 24, 2016) – MTV today announced that newly-minted Pepsi “The Sound Drop” artists Alessia Cara, Jidenna and Lukas Graham will perform live from the red carpet at the 2016 MTV VMA Pre-Show outside of New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, global hit-making producer, recording artist and social media mogul, DJ Khaled, will host the hour-long pre-show alongside MTV2’s “Uncommon Sense” star, Charlamagne Tha God, and hip hop artist, Lizzo, from MTV’s upcoming live music series, “Wonderland.” The telecast will air leading into the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The 2016 MTV VMA Pre-Show will kick off with Alessia Cara performing a medley of her hit singles, “Wild Things” and “Scars To Your Beautiful.” Chart-topper, Jidenna, is set to get the crowd moving with the infectious beats of his summer smash, “Little Bit More,” and Best New Artist nominee Lukas Graham will show off their mix of soul-infused pop by closing the pre-show with a performance of their current hit single, “Mama Said.”
DJ Khaled, Charlamagne Tha God and Lizzo will take the stage as hosts for a pre-show that promises the hottest celebrity interviews, buzz-worthy performances and very special surprises fans won’t want to miss, all leading into the 2016 Video Music Awards. DJ Khaled will also serve as a correspondent during the VMA main show and created a special remix of this year’s VMA theme song, “Do Your Thing” by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.