UPDATE: On Thursday, July 27, Katy Perry announced on Twitter she will be hosting the 2017 VMAs.
EARLIER: The 2017 VMAs nominations are here, and Kendrick Lamar, Katy Perry, and The Weeknd are at the top of the list for most nominations. But who is hosting the VMAs? MTV hasn't made that announcement yet, so naturally, fans are coming up with their own theories. There's even a theory Katy Perry will host the 2017 VMAs.
There was no host at the 2016 VMAs. Instead, MTV had a handful of "contributors" help host the broadcast. None of the contributors were listed as official hosts — they just divided all the work. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele did play-by-play commentary of the show, and DJ Khaled, SNL's Jay Pharaoh, and MTV's Nicole Byer acted as correspondents throughout the show.
So it's possible MTV will opt out of having one official host and have a collection of celebrity correspondents instead. But there are rumors floating around that Katy Perry might be hosting the VMAs this year. Perry is nominated for five VMAs herself, so it could be a little awkward if she did host.
But if Perry's weekend-long livestream promoting her Witness album is any indication, Perry is an expert at keeping a crowd's attention for long periods of time. So she could probably handle it. But then there's also James Corden who's proven himself to be an expert award show host. Samantha Bee would also be the sh*t, but she might be too busy taking down Trump at expert levels. Perry would hold her own for sure, and fans seem to be all for the idea!
I personally want Lin-Manuel Miranda to host because he is the most pure of humans and deserves every opportunity on this green Earth, but that's just me. Miranda also got an Emmy nomination for the episode of SNL he hosted, so clearly he's an excellent host. I'm just sayin'!!!
Here are some of the 2017 VMA nominations, including some of Perry's noms:
Video of the Year
Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)
Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) Ariana Grande (Republic Records) The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records) Lorde (Republic Records)
Best New Artist
Khalid (RCA Records) Kodak Black (Atlantic Records) SZA (TDE/RCA Records) Young M.A (3D) Julia Michaels (Republic Records) Noah Cyrus (Records)
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don't Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records) Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records) Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records)
You can watch the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 27, at 8 p.m. ET.