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We’ve got pop and R&B covered and now MTV is making sure rap fans will also be happy with Sunday’s VMAs. Future has just been announced as a performer and will be taking the stage at the iconic Madison Square Garden on August 28.
Like previous Twitter announcement videos, Future narrates today’s clip, sharing his thoughts on creativity. “My creativity comes from me being in the studio, from my past situations. It’s about mastering a tone for me, it’s about mastering the melody, it’s about mastering the style,” says Future. “It’s about becoming one with the beat. It’s about taking the beat places the beat never thought it could go. My music is a diary. It carries volumes.”
The video shows a computer-generated sand sculpture forming Future’s head and body while flipping between shots of a young boy and a man, both crying tears of blood, and a woman twerking in a bikini. Creativity can mean lots of things.
— MTV (@MTV) August 22, 2016
Future isn’t up for any VMAs this year, although his What A Time To Be Alive collaborator Drake has six nominations. The two are currently on the Summer Sixteen Tour, which means their schedules would likely match, paving the way for a possible guest appearance from Drizzy. We can always hope.
Today’s announcement comes as a bit of surprise, considering Future is not nominated for a VMA this year and has never been nominated in the past. He is up for nine BET Awards this September.
Future joins previously announced performers Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy and Rihanna. In addition to performing, Rihanna will also be accepting this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award—an honour Spears previously received in 2011.
The 2016 MTV VMAs, featuring performances from Future, Nick Jonas and Ty Dolla $ign, Britney Spears and G Eazy, and Rihanna will air Sunday, August 28 at 9E/6P on MTV.