As Both Host And Performer, Doja Cat Is Taking This Year’s VMAs By Storm

Rapper and media mogul Doja Cat is taking this year’s MTV Video Music Awards by storm by performing at the event and taking on the job of hosting the show.

If you didn’t believe Doja Cat could get any bigger this year, you’ve just been proven wrong. The superstar rapper has just snagged the gig of hosting this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. This marks Doja’s first time ever hosting an awards show. 


And she’s making history with her hosting debut. This is a record-breaking announcement, as Doja Cat will be the first-ever host who is up for a nomination for the VMAs’ Video Of The Year award while hosting the show. Previous hosts like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus have won the award, but had not been nominated for the award during the show they hosted. 

Image courtesy of Doja Cat and the MTV Video Music Awards

Doja Cat took to Instagram yesterday to announce her role as this year’s host with a post to her grid. The post was captioned: “I’m hosting the 2021 #VMAs this year Wowowowowowow ? Tune in on 9/12 at 8pm on @mtv” and now has over 650,000 likes. 


The multi-hyphenate rapper and songwriter has joined the ranks of the VMAs most iconic hosts. The job has previously been held by superstar comedians like Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, Keke Palmer, and Ben Stiller. Doja is also joining an elite circle of the show’s most notable hosts. She’s the third Black woman to host or co-host the event: “Downtown” Julie Brown, an early MTV “VJ”, co-hosted the show in 1986 and 1987, and Keke Palmer, a notable singer and actress, hosted last year. Doja is also the fifth VMA host who has charted at the top of Billboard. Clearly, this honor will be emblematic of all of Doja’s massive successes garnered in the past year. 


In any case, it’ll definitely be a big night for Doja Cat. On top of hosting, she’s been nominated for five VMAs, including “Artist of the Year,” and “Best Collaboration,” and “Video of the Year” for “Kiss Me More” ft. SZA––three of the show’s most prestigious categories. She’s also slated to perform. 


It’s set to be an exciting night for Doja Cat’s fans. If her previous work at the VMAs is any indication, the night will be filled with show-stopping performances from its host. Her epic performance at last year’s show included a medley of two of her biggest hits, “Say So” and “Like That” that went viral online. 


You can watch Doja Cat’s hosting and the rest of the festivities for the 2021 MTV “VMAs” LIVE from Barclays Center on Sunday, September 12 at 8PM ET/PT on MTV. 

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