Jack Harlow has said he’s “hungry” and “focused” ahead of the MTV VMAs, where he’s vying for some of the top awards.
Kentucky rapper, 24, was one of the first on the red carpet outside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
He also covers the show, honoring the best music videos with the coveted “Moonman” astronaut title, alongside hip hop stars Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J.
During the official live stream, he said: “I’m feeling the love. I am in a good mood. I’m hungry, I’m focused”.
Of his eight nominations at the event, Harlow added: “It means the world. I have not won many awards. I hope to clean up tonight and bring it all home to Kentucky.”
When asked to describe his upcoming performance at the event in one word, he replied: “It was unforgettable.”
Italian rock band Maneskin, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, was one of the early winners after winning the award for best alternative off-camera.
Speaking on the carpet, frontman Damiano David was asked if it pressured them and joked: “It makes it easier!”
Bassist Victoria De Angelis added: “I think the most important thing for us of course is the performance and giving our best. A great performance is what we are aiming for.”
Brazilian singer and actress Anitta said the whole country in her home country was talking about the event.
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Of her performance on the main show, she added: “I feel like this is a World Cup and I’m about to play a game.”
Harlow wore a Hermes suit walked the carpet while the LL Cool J appeared inspired by motorcycle culture with a leather jacket.
Lizzo entered the gate wearing a dark blue Jean Paul Gaultier dress and plenty of gold jewelry, including a large lip ring.
Other stars who appeared before the ceremony included K-pop girl group Blackpink, R&B singer Khalid and rising music star Tate McRae.
Harry Styles, Adele and Ed Sheeran are among the British stars vying for the top awards.
They face competition from American heavyweights including Billie Eilish, Harlow and Lil Nas X at the annual ceremony.
Styles, Harlow and Doja Cat are the top three at this year’s event, with eight nominations each, followed by Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X, with seven.
Former One Direction star Styles has won top awards including artist of the year, best album for his latest release Harry’s House and video of the year for As It Was.
The 28-year-old megastar will usurp artist of the year at Briton Sheeran, in a dominant US category that includes Drake, Bad Bunny and Lizzo.
Harry’s House faces Eilish’s Happier Than Ever, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy and Adele’s highly anticipated 30 for album of the year.
Also vying for coveted video of the year are Doja Cat, for Woman, Harlow and Lil Nas X, for Industry Baby, Olivia Rodrigo for Brutal and Taylor Swift, for All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).
The second season, which features Stranger Things star Sadie Sink, went viral earlier this year after fans speculated the song was based on Swift’s breakup with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
Honorable mentions will be given to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will receive the global icon award, and Minaj, who is expected to receive the Vanguard Video Award.
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