Anitta to Make Main Stage Performance Debut at This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards

Anitta is ready for a special first…

MTV has revealed the first batch of performers for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, with the 29-year-old Brazilian singer/ songwriter among those set to take the stage.

AnittaIt will be Anitta’s VMAs main stage debut, And she will perform her latest hit single, “Envolver,” for the first-time on television.

“Envolver” recently earned the Brazilian superstar a Guinness Book of World Records certification as the first solo Latin artist to hit No. 1 at Spotify.

Anitta also is up for her first VMA in the Best Latin category, making her the first Brazilian artist to be nominated for a Moon Person.

But Anitta isn’t the only Latinx artist set to perform.

J Balvin will take the stage

The 37-year-old Colombian superstar will return to the show for the television/world premiere of “Nivel de Perreo” with Ryan Castro, back for the first time since his epic on-stage collaboration with Bad Bunny for “Que Pretendes” in 2019.

The 13-time nominee with five wins also is looking to take his sixth Moon Person for Best Latin (“In Da Getto” with Skrillex), which would crown him as the most awarded Latin artist in VMAs history.

Other performers include Marshmello x Khalid and Panic! at the Disco.

The MTV VMAs will take place on August 28, live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Kendrick Lamar, Jack Harlow & Lil Nas X are coming into the show tied for the nominations lead with seven apiece. Next up are Doja Cat and Harry Styles with six each and Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with five.

The 2022 VMAs will air at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Sunday, August 28, across MTV’s global linear and digital platforms in more than 170 countries. For the third straight year, the VMAs will simulcast on the CW, in addition to BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand and VH1.

Here are MTV’s mini-bios of the performers set so far:

Anitta
The charismatic global pop sensation is slated to make her VMAs main stage debut with a first-time TV performance of her newest hit single, “Envolver,” which recently earned the Brazilian superstar Guinness Book of World Records certification as the first solo Latin artist to hit No. 1 at Spotify. Anitta also is up for her first VMA in the Best Latin category, making her the first Brazilian artist to be nominated for a Moon Person.

J Balvin
Colombian global star J Balvin returns with a TV/world premiere of “Nivel de Perreo” with Ryan Castro, back for the first time since his epic on-stage collaboration with Bad Bunny for “Que Pretendes” in 2019. The 13-time nominee with five wins also is looking to take his sixth Moon Person for Best Latin (“In Da Getto” with Skrillex), which would crown him as the most awarded Latin artist in VMAs history.

Marshmello x Khalid
Together, Marshmello and Khalid are set to take over the MTV stage for a world premiere TV performance of new chart climbing collaboration “Numb.” Marshmello — a five-time VMAs nominee — will make his main stage debut this year. Khalid returns to the VMAs stage for the first time since his 2017 debut with Logic and Alessia Cara for “1-800-273-8255,” where he also took home Best New Artist.

Panic! at the Disco
Panic! At The Disco returns to the VMAs stage for the first time since 2018 to world premiere new single “Middle of a Breakup,” from the forthcoming album Viva Las Vengeance. The nine-time nominee, who first won in 2006 for Video of the Year, also looks to take home a win for Alternative Video, its first nomination in this category.

Paramount+ Releases Teaser Trailer for Tyler Posey’s “Teen Wolf: The Movie”

Tyler Posey is throwing his career to the Wolf again…

Paramount+ has released a teaser trailer for Teen Wolf: The Movie, featuring the 30-year-old half-Mexican American actor

Tyler PoseyThe trailer for the film welcomes fans back to Beacon Hills, where a terrifying evil has emerged. Filled with werewolves and other supernatural creatures, the fast-paced clip also offers a glimpse of Allison (Crystal Reed), a fan-favorite who was last seen on Season 3 of the show when she suffered a tragic death.

In Teen Wolf the Movie, the wolves are howling once again, calling for the return of Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, Kitsunes and every other shapeshifter in the night. But only a werewolf like Scott McCall (Posey), no longer a teenager yet still an Alpha, can gather both new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against what could be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.

Posey updated everyone on what’s up with Scott: “Beacon Hills messed Scott up….Scott wanted to step away. He lives in Los Angeles, he wanted to get away from Beacon Hills. He’s a normal person. He works at the vet and is lonely. He’s an adult and is going through what all of us go through…he’s dealing with the reality of being an actual human. Instead of being a werewolf who saves the world, he needs to figure out how to save himself. We’ve never seen Scott like this, ever.”

“I’ll say one thing,” teased Davis, “it’s an emotional ending.”

However, Davis added, “There is a discussion about doing more.”

In addition to Posey and Hoechlin, cast also includes Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig, Reed, Orny Adams, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne, Colton Haynes, Ryan Kelley, Melissa Ponzio, Ian Bohen, Vince Mattis, Nobi Nakanishi, Khylin Rhambo, Amy Workman and Dylan Sprayberry.

Teen Wolf the Movie is written and executive produced by Davis.

The Teen Wolf series aired for six seasons on MTV from 2011-17. The entire 100-episode series library is streaming on Paramount+.

The film, produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and MGM’s Orion Television, will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Canada, UK and internationally where the service is available.

Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” Among Recordings Being Preserved as Part of Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry

Ricky Martin’s breakthrough single will be livin’ for eternity…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” will be preserved as part of the Library of CongressNational Recording Registry.

Ricky MartinMartin’s hit single, released in 1999 as part of the former Menudo singer’s English-language debut album, is part of the 2022 list of additions to the registry. 

“Livin’ La Vida Loca” reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, and it’s considered one of Martin’s biggest hits and best-selling singles of all time.

In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks, becoming Martin’s first number one single on the chart. Additionally, it broke several records on Billboard charts.

At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, it won a total of five awards and was nominated for several other categories, including Video of the Year, making Martin the first Latin artist in history to receive a nomination in this category.

Linda Ronstadt’s Spanish-language album Canciones de Mi Padre is also being preserved.

Released in 1987, it was the 75-year-old half-Mexican American Grammy-winning singer’s first album of Mexican traditional mariachi music. The canciones were a big part of Ronstadt’s family tradition and musical roots.

At 2.5 million copies sold in the US, the album stands as one of the biggest selling non-English language albums in American record history. It has been RIAA certified double-platinum (for over 2 million US copies sold) and also won Ronstadt the Grammy for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album.

The Buena Vista Social Club’s self-titled album has also been earmarked for preservation.

The ensemble of Cuban musicians, established in 1996, recorded the album in March 1996 and released it in September 1997. It quickly became an international success, which prompted the ensemble to perform with a full line-up in Amsterdam and New York in 1998. German director Wim Wenders captured the performance on film for a documentary—also called Buena Vista Social Club—that included interviews with the musicians conducted in Havana. Wenders’ film was released in June 1999 to critical acclaim, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary feature and winning numerous accolades including Best Documentary at the European Film Awards.

The Library of Congress said its National Recording Preservation Plan provides a blueprint to implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program. The National Recording Preservation Board and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Recording Registry every year since 2002. The depth and breadth of nominations received highlights the richness of the nations” audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.

Here’s the list of 2022 additions to the National Recordings Registry, in chronological order:

“Harlem Strut”, James P. Johnson (1921)
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Complete Presidential Speeches (1933-45)
“Walking the Floor Over You”, Ernest Tubb (1941, single)
“On a Note of Triumph” (May 8, 1945)
“Jesus Gave Me Water”, The Soul Stirrers (1950, single)
“Ellington at Newport”, Duke Ellington (1956, album)
“We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite”, Max Roach (1960, album)
“The Christmas Song”, Nat King Cole (1961, single)
“Tonight’s the Night”, The Shirelles (1961, album)
“Moon River”, Andy Williams (1962, single)
“In C”, Terry Riley (1968, album)
“It’s a Small World”, The Disneyland Boys Choir (1964, single)
“Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, The Four Tops (1966, single)
Hank Aaron’s 715th Career Home Run (April 8, 1974)
“Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen (1975, single)
“Don’t Stop Believin’”, Journey (1981, single)
“Canciones de Mi Padre”, Linda Ronstadt (1987, album)
“Nick of Time”, Bonnie Raitt (1989, album)
“The Low End Theory”, A Tribe Called Quest (1991, album)
“Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, Wu-Tang Clan (1993, album)
“Buena Vista Social Club” (1997, album)
“Livin’ La Vida Loca”, Ricky Martin (1999, single)
“Songs in A Minor”, Alicia Keys (2001, album)
WNYC broadcasts for the day of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001)
“WTF with Marc Maron” (Guest: Robin Williams, 2010)

Veronica Rodriguez Signs with Verve

Veronica Rodriguez has new representation…

The Mexican American writer, director and producer has signed with Verve.

Veronica RodriguezRodriguez’s feature directorial debut, the television movie Let’s Get Merried for VH1 and MTV, followed a hard-partying, down-on-her-luck holiday-hater who decided to get married at a Christmas-themed adventure park to a man she hadn’t yet met, netting her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing.

She’s currently a co-producer on Netflix’s comedy series Freeridge, and previously staffed on Disney’s Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, also directing an episode of that series before staffing on HBO’s Betty. She also directed the short film Shoot, which was produced by and starred Insecure’s Jay Ellis.

The Bay Area native is a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program who got her start working at Funny or Die, producing and directing original content for the platform including the viral hit, How To Become Legally Recognized As A F*ckboi. During her time at that company in 2018, she participated in the Sundance New Voices Lab, then being recognized as a Sundance Institute Latinx Fellow for 2019.

Rodriguez was also a part of the 2019 Viacom ViewFinder Director Program, and Refinery 29’s Shatterbox initiative. She continues to be represented by Writ Large.

Becky G to Serve as Judge on MTV’s New Music Competition Series “Becoming A Popstar”

Becky G is helping discover the next popstar…

MTV has teamed with TikTok and Pepsi on Becoming A Popstar, a first-of-its-kind music competition series that showcases artists originally discovered on TikTok, featuring the 25-year-old Mexican American singer/actress as a judge.

Becky GIn addition to Becky G, the show’s other judges include Joe Jonas and Sean Bankhead.

Becoming A Popstar will premiere on Thursday, March 24 on MTV.

Produced by Jesse CollinsCollins Entertainment and VelocityBecoming a Popstar features eight up-and-coming artists originally discovered on TikTok who will showcase their talents to the judges, who are TikTok creators themselves.

One winner will walk away as a popstar with their very own Pepsi commercial set to premiere on television during the upcoming MTV VMAs.

In addition, Pepsi will provide funding and resources to support the winner’s career ambitions. 

Becoming a Popstar will air across five episodes every Thursday at 10 PM ET, beginning March 24.

Each week, contestants will create original themed songs and accompanying one-minute music videos on air, that will first be available on TikTok. With episode themes like ‘The Duets’, contestants will be paired off to create an original song and visual performance.

Contestants will be critiqued by the celebrity judges, with eliminations occurring each week until two final artists are chosen to battle it out in a finale special.

After each episode airs on MTV, fans at home will be able to vote for their favorite artist videos of the week by searching #MTVPopstar on TikTok. Voting opens immediately following the episode and stays open until 48 hours before the next episode premieres. The winning artist each week will score a cash prize from Pepsi on top of the eventual grand prize. Winners of the previous week will be announced during a live pre-show on @MTV on TikTok that will include exclusive content and opportunities for fans to connect and engage with judges and talent.

Becky G is a multi-platinum singer, songwriter, actress, and activist, noted for her contributions to the Latin music world and impact on the Hispanic community.

Jonas and Becky G will also serve as executive producers on the series.

Tyler Posey to Star in Paramount+’s “Teen Wolf” Movie Sequel, “Teen Wolf The Movie”

Tyler Posey will howl another day…

The 30-year-old half-Mexican American actor will reprise his role as Scott McCall in Paramount+’s upcoming movie sequel to the hit MTV series Teen Wolf.

Tyler PoseyEleven other series regular and recurring cast members of the original series are set for the full-length reunion film, including Crystal Reed, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes and Shelley Hennig, the streamer’s chief content officer of unscripted entertainment and adult animation Chris McCarthy has announced.

Missing from the list are former series regulars Dylan O’BrienArden Cho and Tyler Hoechlin.

Paramount+ will announce additional cast names at a later date.

In Teen Wolf The Movie, from the series’ developer Jeff Davis, MTV Entertainment Studios and MGM’s Orion Television, a full moon rises in Beacon Hills, and with it a terrifying evil has emerged. The wolves are howling once again, calling for the return of banshees, werecoyotes, hellhounds, kitsunes, and every other shapeshifter in the night. But only a werewolf like Scott McCall (Posey), no longer a teenager yet still an alpha, can gather both new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against what could be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.

Cast set to reprise their roles include:

  • Tyler Posey as Scott McCall
  • Holland Roden as Lydia Martin
  • Shelley Hennig as Malia Tate
  • Crystal Reed as Allison Argent
  • Orny Adams as Coach Bobby Finstock
  • Linden Ashby as Sheriff Noah Stilinski
  • JR Bourne as Chris Argent
  • Seth Gilliam as Dr. Alan Deaton
  • Colton Haynes as Jackson Whittemore
  • Ryan Kelley as Deputy Jordan Parrish
  • Melissa Ponzio as Melissa McCall
  • Dylan Sprayberry as Liam Dunbar

Under the partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios, Davis will also write and executive produce an all-new series, Wolf Pack, and will serve as showrunner and director for the pilot of the live-action Æon Flux for Paramount+. All three titles will be available on Paramount+. The entire 100-episode Teen Wolf library is also available to stream on Paramount+ in key global markets.

Teen Wolf was a global cultural phenomenon that spawned one of the largest and most loyal fandoms – we are thrilled to partner with the incredibly talented Jeff Davis to reward the fans, reignite this franchise with an original movie, and launch a brand new series Wolf Pack for Paramount+,” said McCarthy, who also serves as President and CEO of ViacomCBS Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios.

MTV Renews Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s “Messyness” for Second Season

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is embracing the messyness

Ridiculousness spinoff Messyness, hosted by the 34-year-old Chilean reality television star, has been renewed for a second season by MTV.

Nicole “Snooki” PolizziSeason 1 of Messyness returns for a weeklong special event beginning at 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm on Monday, December 27.

Remaining Season 1 episodes will air every Thursday in January at 9:00 pm, following Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

Like the original MTV series hosted by Rob DydrekMessyness is a comedy clips series that showcases people living their best lives and being brave enough to celebrate their own messiness. The series indulges in the most debaucherous clips found on the internet – everything from awkward proposals to nights out gone wrong and cheaters caught red-handed.

Messyness seeks to celebrate dating, partying and all the messy stages of young adulthood.

Polizzi is joined by panelists including Tori Spelling, Olympic medalist Adam Rippon and comedian Teddy Ray.

Maluma Wins Best Latin Prize at MTV Europe Music Awards

Maluma is Europe’s choice…

The 27-year-old Colombian superstar took home an award at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

Maluma x Quay

Maluma won Best Latin for the first time in his career, beating out the likes of Bad Bunny, J. Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Rosalía and Shakira.

He also performed during the awards show.

Here’s the complete list of EMA winners:

WINNER: Ed Sheeran
Best Pop: BTS
Best Song: Ed Sheeran: “Bad Habits”
Best Video: Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”
Best Collaboration: Doja Cat ft. SZA: “Kiss Me More”
Best New: Saweetie
Best Electronic: David Guetta
Best Rock: Måneskin
Best Alternative: Yungblud
Best Latin: Maluma
Best Hip Hop: Nicki Minaj
Best K-Pop: BTS
Best Group: BTS
Biggest Fans: BTS
Video for Good: Billie Eilish: “Your Power”
Best U.S. Act: Taylor Swift
Generation Change Award: Amir Ashour, Matthew Blaise, Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Erika Hilton, and Viktória Radványi

 

Zoey Luna Signs with A3 Artists Agency for Representation

Zoey Luna has new representation…

The pioneering Latina transgender youth activist turned actress, who stars in The Craft: Legacy star Zoey Luna has signed with A3 Artists Agency.

Zoey Luna

Luna portrayed Lourdes in The Craft: Legacy and currently can be seen in Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Luna was the subject of the groundbreaking documentary film Raising Zoey, chronicling her journey of how she was determined to live her authentic life, and fought school officials in the Los Angeles school system with the ACLU for her right to self-identify in school between ages 12-15.

She was also part of Laverne Cox’s documentary film Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word for MTV and the documentary 15: A Quinceañera Story for HBO.

She began her acting career with a lead role in the Rosario Dawson-directed short film Boundless and she most recently appeared in the season finale of FX’s award-winning series Pose.

Luna served as the grand marshal at the 2015 LA Pride parade, is the recipient of the San Diego Equality Award and the recipient of the ALMA AwardsYoung Trailblazer Award.

She also is a frequent featured speaker at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conferences.

Irene Berrera-Kearns & Her “Real World Los Angeles” Cast Mates Reuniting for MTV’s “The Real World Homecoming”

Irene Berrera-Kearns is getting real again…

The Latina former reality show personality and some of her fellow The Real World Los Angeles cast mates will get another shot in the MTV spotlight as the network will bring them together for Season 2 of The Real World Homecoming

Irene Berrera-Kearns, The Real World Homecoming

Set to reunite are Beth Anthony, Beth Stolarczyk, David Edwards, Glen Naessens, Berrera-Kearns, Jon Brennan and Tami Roman, who will return to the same Venice beach house from the 1993 installment.

Irene Berrera-Kearns, The Real World Los Angeles

After spending decades apart, the roommates will reconnect to find out how the series transformed their lives since the cameras stopped rolling, and they’ll discover, once again, what happens when people stop being polite… and start getting real.

MTV also revealed that The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles will make its Paramount+ debut on Wednesday, November 24. The series also scored a renewal for Season 3.

Created for MTV by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim of Bunim/Murray Productions, The Real World was the first reality series on television. It helped shape a generation and sought to spotlight culturally resonant stories such as HIV/AIDS, race, sexual orientation, mental health and addiction, including one of the first LGBTQ+ relationships documented on a television series, the first televised same-sex commitment ceremony, and its unforgettable portrayal of Pedro Zamora’s battle with HIV.