Doja Cat, whose “Say So” reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the fifth VMA host to previously top the Billboard flagship charts, after Bette Midler, who hosted the very first VMAs in 1984, Sean “Diddy” Combs (2005), Cyrus (2015) and Perry (2017).
(Jamie Foxx, who hosted the 2001 show, would later lead the Hot 100 as a lead on Twista’s “Slow Jamz,” which also featured Kanye West and West’s “Gold Digger.” Eddie Murphy, who hosted the 1985 show , just missed the top spot on the Hot 100; his recording of Rick James’ “Party All the Time” hit # 2 in December 1985 – three months after the VMA show he hosted.)
This is the third year in a row that the VMAs have hosted. Singer / actress Keke Palmer hosted last year. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hosted two years ago. This is the first time the VMAs have been held three years in a row since 2008-10. Comedian Russell Brand hosted the show from 2008-09. Comedian Chelsea Handler did the honor in 2010. The VMAs, like many award ceremonies, have often become hospitable in recent years. (The move is usually presented as a way to save time, but often it looks like the show can’t find a good host.)
Doja Cat performed a mash-up of “Say So” and “Like That” at last year’s VMAs and took home her first Moon Person for PUSH as the best new artist.
She has been nominated for five awards this year: Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Best Collaboration for “Kiss Me More” as well as best art direction and best visual effects for “Best Friend”, the Saweetie hit she can be seen on .
Other cast members on this year’s show include Shawn Mendes, Chlöe, Twenty One Pilots, Olivia Rodrigo, Lorde, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Nas X, Foo Fighters, and Camila Cabello.