Updated July 27, 2017, 11:35 a.m. PT: We finally know who is hosting the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. On Thursday, July 27, it was announced that Katy Perry would host the MTV VMA’s. Perry released a very cool neon-infused video announcement via Instagram showing her in full MTV Moon Woman gear with the caption: “I’ve been training with @MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”
VMA season is upon us, and even though nominations for the MTV award show have been announced, a host has not. Who’s going to lead us through this? The internet has some theories, and we’re here to rank them in terms of likeliness.
So, without further ado, here are the people who are probably most likely to host this year’s VMAs.
1. The most likely host
The internet has really rallied around rumors that Katy Perry is going to host this year’s show, and after her talking-about-Taylor-Swift Witness album release press tour, she’s about as hot as a celeb gets right now. She’s a natural choice, and Twitter wholeheartedly agrees.
I'd bet $ if Katy Perry Host or gets the Video Vanguard at the #VMAs we're going to see drag queens glitter stuffed Animals by the end 👀📺
— Samantha Parris (@SamanthaHTown) July 25, 2017
KATY PERRY SHOULD HOST THIS YEAR
— •Margarita• (@selmilakatylove) July 20, 2017
Perry is, however, leading the pack with five VMA nominations, so it could be a little awkward if she’s hosting and also accepting awards.
2. The cop-out
Last year’s VMAs had no host, and it’s entirely possible that MTV will go that route again. Instead of a designated host, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, DJ Khaled, Jay Pharoah and others shared hosting duties. It worked, but it’s just not as flashy as having a real host. Don’t pull this shit again, MTV.
3. The award show pro
There are a few rumors going around that James Corden, who has proven chops for hosting award shows, could be in line to head the VMAs. He’s a little on the fringes of MTV’s target audience, but his Carpool Karaoke series on YouTube definitely made him mainstream enough for this gig.
4. The dark horse duo
5. The guy who really deserves it
Can it just be Lin-Manuel Miranda please? Everything the guy touches turns to gold, and also, he’s just the best and purest human around. He also got an Emmy nom for hosting Saturday Night Live, so we know he can handle this. Make it happen, MTV — just for me.