J Balvin to Perform at This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards

J Balvin is taking the VMA stage…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is among the handful of performers for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

J Balvin

Balvin leads the pack of Latino/a nominees this year with four nods, including Best Collaboration for his Black Eyed Peas team-up “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life).”

Other performers include BTS, taking the MTV VMAs stage for the first time ever to perform their new English-only single “Dynamite,” and “Say So” singer Doja Cat.

More performers for the annual awards show will be announced as the ceremony approaches.

The 2020 MTV VMAs  will air on Sunday, August 30 on MTV.

MTV Renews Snooki’s “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” for Fourth Season

The vacation isn’t over for Snooki

MTV has renewed Jersey Shore Family Vacation, starring the 32-year-old Chilean reality television star, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, for a fourth season.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation

The series follows seven housemates from the original Jersey Shore as they spend a month on vacation together, including Snooki, Jenni Farley aka JWoww, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Pauly D.

The announcement comes on the heels of the reality series’ highly rated Season 3 finale.

The June 18 season finale delivered a 1.11 adults 18-49 rating (Live + Same Day), the highest in almost two years, since 11/1/18. After three days of playback, the Season 3 finale’s viewership grew +56% to 1.7 million.

Ranking as the #1 cable series across all key demos in its time period, Season 3 of Jersey Shore Family Vacationwas up +9% from Season 2 among persons 18-34 (0.84 vs. 0.77 L+SD rating).

The Jersey Shore revival is MTV’s second highest-rated series in 18-34 behind The Challenge: Total Madness.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation is produced by MTV, SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.

Anitta Signs Recording Deal with Warner Records

Anitta is ready to breakthrough in the United States…

The 27-year-old Brazilian singer, a massive star in Latin America, has signed a recording contract with Warner Records. And she’s eyeing the release of a multilingual debut, to be produced by Ryan Tedder, in the U.S. later this year. 

Anitta

Anitta fuses elements of reggaetón, bossa nova, R&B, hip-hop, EDM and funk carioca to create her own unique musical blend. 

She’s previously collaborated with the likes of Miley CyrusBecky GJ BalvinKaty PerryDavid Guetta and P. Diddy.

Already a star in her native Brazil — where Anitta is the most streamed artist — and beyond, Anitta’s digital profile includes 47 million Instagram followers, nearly 5 billion YouTube views, in addition to more than 14 million YouTube subscribers, and 6.5 billion cumulative Spotif ystreams. 

She has been nominated for five Latin Grammys and has won 6 MTV EMAs. She was set to perform at Coachellaand Rock In Riothis year before the COVID-19pandemic caused the cancellation of both.

“I’m so excited to join the U.S. Warner Records team,” said Anitta, who is based in Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the most important moment in my career. Now, I can show more about my art and culture to the world internationally. I can’t wait for everyone to hear all the new music I’ve been working on, which will be a fresh blend of both Spanish and English.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with the global Warner Music Latin team to bring Anitta’s incredible music to the U.S. and beyond. Anitta is truly unlike any artist we’ve ever experienced,” said Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson, co-chairmen of Warner Records. “ She’s not only an extraordinary musical talent, but is a blazing creative force, an electrifying performer and a true cultural phenomenon.”

The Kid Mero’s Showtime Show “Desus & Mero” Returning in July

It’ll be a memorable Fourth of July weekend for The Kid Mero

Showtime’s Desus & Mero, starring the37-year-old Dominican-American writer/comedian, has been scheduled to return with new episodes starting July 5, after a June hiatus.

The Kid Mero

The premiere date marks a move from Mondays to Sundays for the late-night series, creating a first-run block with The Chi and Black MondayIt also will continue to air on Thursdays starting at 11:00 pm ET both nights.

Desus & Mero will continue to be shot from the hosts’ homes with Desus (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez) offering their take on the day’s hot topics and talking with guests from the worlds of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more.

The longtime acquaintances reconnected online in the early days of Twitter, where they unleashed their potent personalities and found themselves kindred spirits. That led to stints on Complex and MTV, the Bodega Boys podcast and a daily late-night show on Viceland

Desus & Mero originally aired on Viceland from 2016-18 before moving to Showtime in February 2019, when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the duo’s first guest. It expanded to two nights a week for last year’s summer run.

Desus & Merois produced for Showtime by Jax Media

Wilmer Valderrama Renews First-Look Deal with CBS Television Studios

Wilmer Valderrama still has the (first) look…

The 40-year-old Colombian/Venezuelan American actor and NCIS co-star has renewed his first-look deal with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind the popular CBS drama series.

Wilmer Valderrama 

Valderrama stars as Special Agent Nick Torres on NCIS, which was just renewed for an 18th season. He has been on the show since Season 14, with the first-look producing pact running parallel to his acting deal for the show.

Under the first-look agreement, Valderrama has developed several series projects for CBS Television Studios through his WV Entertainment banner, including Hipster Death Rattle, a dark comedy based on the book by Richie Narvaez, with writer Rafael Agustin and Corinne Brinkerhoff; as well as the previously announced, The Turners, a half-hour single-camera autobiographical family doctors comedy from writer Naomi Ekperigin at ABC with Two Shakes Entertainment co-producing; and Patriots From the Barrio, a WWII drama about a Mexican-American unit, based on the book by Dave Gutierrez, from writer John Covarrubias.

Valderrama previously created and produced the MTV series Yo Momma, also serving as the host for all three seasons, in addition to producing other MTV series like Punk’dBlowin’ Up and Trippin’.

On the film side, Valderrama most recently was featured in Blast Beat, a coming of age drama that premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He voiced the first Latino Prince Charming in the 2018 animated feature film Charming. Valderrama also voiced the main character of Disney’s popular animated children’s show Handy Manny, which introduced preschoolers to Spanish. 

Karamo Brown to Star in Freeform’s Valentine’s Day Road Trip Movie “The Thing About Harry”

There’s a new Thing in Karamo Brown’s future… 

The 39-year-old part-Cuban American reality television personality, actor and activist is set to appear in the Freeform’s Valentine’s Day-themed road-trip movie The Thing About Harry.

Karamo Brown

Jake Borelli and newcomer Niko Terho lead the cast, with Brown, Britt Baron and the film’s director Peter Paige also starring in the romantic comedy.

Production on the movie underway in Chicago for a February premiere.

Borelli will play Sam, a handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent young gay man who combines a scathing wit with an overly idealistic worldview. Sam came out when he was still in high school, something that took a lot of courage in his small Missouri town, but was bullied constantly. Terho will portray Harry, an emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player who has always left a string of broken hearts in his wake. Under the surface, Harry actually yearns for love, family and stability, but the thought of commitment still terrifies him.

Karamo will play Paul, an exceedingly well put-together yet overbearing and pretentious gay man.

“It’s been an honor to partner with Freeform in making great television with LGBTQ+characters as leads,” The Thing About Harry executive producers Paige, Greg Gugliottaand F.J. Dennyin a statement. “True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture. “As young gay men in the ’90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy. We’ve always wanted to make a movie — an unabashedly romantic comedy — that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate. It’s rewarding to take the genre to a new, all-inclusive level.”

Brown, who appeared in 2004’s MTV reality show The Real World: Philadelphia, currently appears as the culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix series Queer Eye.

Becky G to Host & Perform at This Year’s MTV Europe Music Awards

Becky G is pulling double duty in Europe…

The 22-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer-songwriter, who just released the trilingual track “Chicken Noodle Soup” with BTSJ-Hope, is set to host this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, as well as perform at the awards show, which will take place in Seville, Spain.

Becky G

Becky G is set for a busy night as she also has a nomination, taking on Ariana GrandeCamila Cabello, Halsey, the Jonas Brothers, and Shawn Mendes in the Best Pop category.

Becky G has notched two number one hits on the Billboard Latin Airplay charts –  “Mayores” and “Sin Pijama” – and on-screen had a starring role in the Power Rangersmovie. She has also guest-starred on the Foxseries Empire.

“Becky G is an exceptional multifaceted talent who’s no stranger to the global stage,” said Bruce Gillmer, global head of music and talent,Viacom and co-brand head, MTV International. “We can’t wait to see her light up the MTV EMAstage in Seville.”

Rosalia, who’ll be the hometown favorite in her native Spain, leads the pack of Latino/a nominees with four.

Rosalia Leads the Pack of Latino/a MTV Europe Music Awards Nominees

Rosalia is expanding her popularity in Europe… 

The 26-year-old Spanish singer has received four MTV Europe Music Awards  (MTV EMAs), making her this year’s leading Latina/o nominee.

Rosalia

Rosalia, a rising force in the Latin music industry, is nominated for Best Videoand Best Collaborationfor her hit song “Con Altura,” featuring J. Balvinand El Guincho.

In addition, the two-time Latin Grammywinner is nominated in the Best Lookand Best Pushcategories.

Rosalia’s collaborator, J Balvin, is the top-nominated Latino this year…

In addition to his nods with Rosalia for “Con Altura” in the Best Videoand Best Collaboration categories, the 34-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer and fashionista is nominated for Best Look.

Camila Cabello, last year’s MTV EMAs Best Artistwinner, is nominated three times this year…

The 22-year-old Cuban & Mexican singer is nominated in the Best Songand Best Collaboration for “Señorita,” her sizzling collaboration with Shawn Mendes.

Additionally, Cabello is up for Best Pop

Becky Ghas earned her first-ever MTV EMAs nod.

The 22-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer is nominated in the Best Popcategory.

Cardi B, last year’s Best New (Act) winner, has earned a nod this year.

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation is nominated in the Best Hip-Hopcategory.

FKA Twigs has earned some love this year…

The 31-year-old part-Spanish singer is nominated for her first-ever MTV EMAs in the Best Alternativecategory.

CNCO has earned their first-ever MTV EMAs nomination…

The Latin boy band is nominated in the Best Push category.

With the EMAs set to take place in Seville, Spain on November 3, MTVunveiled the nominees in key categories with a nod to the traditional Spanish cortado via foam cream visuals.

The awards show will air live on MTV in nearly 180 countries, with the red carpet sponsored by the upcoming Charlie’s Angels film.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

Best Video
Ariana Grande thank u, next
Billie Eilish bad guy
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus Old Town Road (Remix)
Rosalia, J Balvin ft. El Guincho Con Altura
Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco ME! 

Best Artist
Ariana Grande
J Balvin
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Song
Ariana Grande 7 rings
Billie Eilish bad guy
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus Old Town Road (Remix) 
Post Malone, Swae Lee Sunflower
Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Señorita

Best Collaboration
BTS, Halsey Boy With Luv
Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus Old Town Road (Remix)
Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
ROSALÍA, J Balvin ft. El Guincho Con Altura
Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Señorita
The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha Call You Mine

Best New
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Mabel

Best Pop
Ariana Grande
Becky G
Camila Cabello
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Best Live
Ariana Grande
BTS
Ed Sheeran
P!NK
Travis Scott

Best Rock
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Liam Gallagher
Panic! At The Disco
The 1975

Best Hip-Hop
21 Savage
Cardi B
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott

Best Alternative
FKA Twigs
Lana Del Rey
Solange
twenty one pilots
Vampire Weekend

Best Electronic
Calvin Harris
DJ Snake
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

Best Look
Halsey
J Balvin
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

Biggest Fans
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
BTS
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Best Push
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
CNCO
H.E.R.
Jade Bird
Juice WRLD
Kiana Ledé
Lauv
Lewis Capaldi
Lizzo
Mabel
Rosalia

Best World Stage
Bebe Rexha Isle of MTV Malta 2019
Hailee Steinfeld Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Muse Bilbao, Spain 2018
The 1975 Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019
twenty one pilots Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

Best U.K. & Ireland Act
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Mabel
Ed Sheeran
Little Mix (Social Wildcard Winner)

Best U.S. Act
Lil Nas X
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

MTV Renews Frankie Delgado’s “The Hills: New Beginnings” for Second Season

There’s more Hillsin Frankie Delgado’s future..

MTV has renewed The Hills: New Beginnings, featuring the 38-year-old Mexican-American actor and producer, for a second season.

Frankie Delgado

The series, which follows the group of friends from the series’ original incarnation who write their newest chapters in relationships, romance and success.

The series revival that returned Brody JennerAudrina PatridgeHeidi MontagSpecncer Prattand the gang to its original network premiered June 24. The news comes as the revival’s fifth episode airs this week.

In addition to Delgado, other returning cast members include Jason Wahler and his wife Ashley Wahler“Justin Bobby” BresciaStephanie Pratt and Kaitlynn Carter Jenner.

The Hills: New Beginnings is produced by MTV Studiosand Evolution Media.

MTV to Premiere Frankie Delgado’s “The Hills: New Beginnings” in June

This summer will mark a new beginning for Frankie Delgado

MTV has set Monday, June 24 for the premiere of its anticipated revival reality series The Hills: New Beginnings, featuring the 37-year-old Mexican American actor and producer.

Frankie Delgado

The new iteration reunites original cast members, alongside their children and friends, welcomes newcomers, and follows their personal and professional lives while living in Los Angeles. 

The Hills: New Beginnings will premiere in the U.S. before rolling out globally across Viacom’s international network of MTV channels in nearly 180 countries.

Brandon Thomas Leeand Mischa Bartonwill join original cast members Audrina PatridgeBrody Jenner, Delgado, Heidi PrattJason WahlerJustin “Bobby” BresciaSpencer PrattStephanie Prattand Whitney Port

Kaitlynn CarterJennifer Delgadoand Ashley Wahlerwill also appear in the series.

The Hills: New Beginnings is produced by MTV and Evolution Media.

Delgado previously appeared in 41 episodes of The Hills.