CLEVELAND, Ohio — MTV’s video count may no longer matter, but the network’s Video Music Awards are still a big annual deal. The 2022 event will take place at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 28 from Newark, NJ, hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow. Harlow is also one of the top nominees, alongside Harry Styles and Doja Cat with eight each.
Kane Brown will be the first male country solo artist to perform on the show, along with Harlow, Minaj, Lizzo, Blackpink, Anitta, J Balvin, Khalid and Marshmello, Panic! at Disco and Maneskin also on board. The same goes for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will receive the Global Icon Award and appear at the VMAs for the first time since 2000. The show will stream via mtv.com and air on MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, The CW, CMT, TV Land and others.
Other events (all subject to change):
FRIDAY AUGUST. 26
New ‘The Ballad of Uncle Drank’ podcast hits all streaming services, featuring Luke Wilson, Chelcie Lynn, Billy Zane, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley, Kinky Friedman and more. Uncle Kracker and Snow will provide original music.
The latest entry in Aerosmith’s vault series was from 2016 in Mexico City. It begins streaming at 3 p.m. on the band’s YouTube channel.
Huckleberry Funk does his thing at 8 p.m. from the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Ind. Tickets through mandolin.com.
Asleep at the Wheel returns to action at 8:30 p.m. with a fundraising concert for Big Top Chautauqua. Tickets through mandolin.com.
The Grateful Dead-inspired Circles Around the Sun airs at 9:15 p.m. from Asheville, NC. Tickets through mandolin.com.
SATURDAY AUGUST. 27
The jazz quartet composed of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter, Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland organizes a “First Meeting” at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Dizzy’s Club in New York. Tickets through jazz.org.
Norberto Guerra’s modern Cuban jazz band plays exactly what their name implies at 8:30 p.m. Tickets through ourconcerts.live.
“American Idol” Season 10 alumni Scotty McCreery and Laruen Alaina reunite with Ben Rector to perform at 1 p.m. at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Watch for free via circleallaccess.com.
SUNDAY AUGUST. 28
Guitarist Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass Festival, featuring the Hillbenders, pick ‘n’ grin at 10 p.m. from Jackson, Wyoming. Tickets through mandolin.com.
MONDAY AUGUST. 29
Get a Taylor Swift fix when Isabella Gueds presents a cover set at 1:20 p.m. Tickets via stageit.com.
Julie Benko of Broadway’s “Funny Girl” teams up with her husband and jazz pianist Jason Yeager for a “Hand in Hand” concert at 7 p.m. Tickets through flymachine.com.
Garth Brooks takes on a different role as he narrates National Geographic’s new docuseries “America’s National Park.” The five-night series kicks off at 9 p.m. Check local listings for stations.
Idaho’s Built To Spill airs live at 9 p.m. Tickets via flymachine.com.
Aaron English plays a pair of Tom Petty tribute gigs, starting at 9 a.m. tonight and continuing at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets through stageit.com.
Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness team up again, this time at 9:35 p.m. from the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Tickets through mandolin.com.
TUESDAY AUGUST. 30
Loudon Wainwright III celebrates the release of his latest album, ‘Lifetime Achievement,’ at 8 p.m. from City Winery New York. Tickets through mandolin.com.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST. 31
Singer-songwriter Mac Powell and his band are hosting a concert experience at home at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via athomeconcertexperience.com.
Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night at Birdland in New York welcomes guest Pasquale Grasso for an 8:30 p.m. show. Tickets through flymachine.com.
Robyn Hitchcock continues her weekly livestream from the UK at 9 p.m. Tickets through mandolin.com.
Singer-songwriter Calum Scott broadcasts live at 10 p.m. from the House of Blues Chicago. Tickets via Veeps.com.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 1
New Orleans’ Cowboy Mouth enters the virtual world at 8:45 p.m. from City Winery New York. Tickets through mandolin.com.
Jazz singer Typhanie Monique performs at 8:45 p.m. Tickets through ourconcerts.live.
Glass Cannon kicks off at 9 p.m. from Basement East in Nashville. Tickets through mandolin.com.
Troubadour Robert Earl Keen kicks off four nights of “I’m Comin’ Home” concerts at 11 p.m. Helotes, Texas. It will also air shows from September 3-5. Tickets through mandolin.com.