MTV VMAs to feature Aretha Franklin tribute
New York – The MTV Video Music Awards is set to feature a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Details of the tribute were not available.
Cardi B is nominated for a field-leading 10 awards and is set to open the show, which airs at 9 p.m. on MTV. The pre-show begins at 8 p.m.
Jennifer Lopez is set to receive the evening's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and Madonna will hand out the Video of the Year Award.
Nominees for the Video of the Year are Beyoncé and Jay-Z ("Ape----"), Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B ("Finesse (Remix)"), Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug ("Havana"), Drake ("God's Plan"), Childish Gambino ("This is America") and Ariana Grande ("No Tears Left to Cry").
During her career, Franklin was nominated for two VMAs. She was up for for Best Female Video (for "Freeway of Love") in 1986, an award she dropped to Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," and she was nominated for Best Video from a Film (for "Jumpin' Jack Flash") in 1987, which she lost to Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life."
The VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Most of the top nominees – including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino – won’t attend.
Grande, who released a new album last week, is set to perform. Other performers include Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, the Backstreet Boys, Post Malone, Panic! At the Disco, Logic and Ryan Tedder. Jennifer Lopez, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, will also hit the stage.