It’s fitting that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform since the duo are tied with Justin Timberlake for most VMA nominations this year with six. “Thrift Shop” is up for Video of the Year, “Can’t Hold Us” is up for Best Hip Hop Video and “Same Love” was nominated for Best Video with a Social Message.
The video announcement for Mack & Lewis’ performance can be found in short promo clips below.
Additionally, Bruno Mars has also been added to the list of performers for the award show at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. Mack, Lewis and Mars join a roster of performers that includes Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, among others. The event will air live on Sunday August 25 at 9pm ET/PT.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their debut album, The Heist, in October 2012. The album featured Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Mary Lambert, among others. The Heist went gold this year, according to RIAA certification records. The album singles also earned RIAA awards with “Can’t Hold Us” hitting platinum and “Thrift Shop” going multi-platinum.
All three of the videos nominated for MTV VMAs can be seen below.
On August 9, ScHoolboy Q made surprising comments about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The TDE rapper said that Mack & Lewis should win the VMA for Best Hip Hop Video instead of his fellow Top Dawg, Kendrick Lamar.
UPDATE: Drake has now confirmed his own performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. In the same 24 hours his Nothing Was The Same was said to be confirmed to release a week later than initially promised, the Toronto, Ontario emcee/singer tweeted that he would be appearing.
Additionally, Drake tweeted that he hopes to someday win a VMA trophy.
— Drizzy (@Drake) August 21, 2013
UPDATE: 2 Chainz has been confirmed as a performer for 2013’s MTV Video Music Awards. The emcee recently released his Pharrell-assisted single, “Feds Watching.” Chainz is also gearing up for the September 10 release of B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. The announcement was made during RapFix Live today (August 21). A video of the confirmation can be found below.