Gear up for the VMAs with these 12 podcasts and episodes featuring some of your favorite nominees

Music August 22, 2022

The VMAs are scheduled on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT broadcasting live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. To gear up for the ceremony, we’ve rounded up podcasts and episodes interviewing nominated artists, fan-driven shows, and culture critics analyzing artists’ work.

On our list, you’ll hear from Lizzo, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, and Billie Eilish. There are podcasts hosted by fans of BTS and Taylor Swift.

Rolling Stone Music Now

Rolling Stone Music Now

Listen to ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’

From Cumulus Podcast Network comes “Rolling Stone Music Now,” a weekly series hosted by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt. Tune in for insights, commentary, interviews with top artists, breaking news, and more.

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Listen to ‘Popcast’

On an episode of “Popcast,” Hunter Harris, Larisha Paul, and Peter Rosenberg join Jon Caramanica to chat about what’s next for emerging hip-hop star Jack Harlow. He’s having a unique career, much different than other white rappers. His VMA nominees include Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, and more. “Popcast” is brought to you by The New York Times.

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Switched on Pop

Listen to ‘Switched on Pop’

A recent “Switched on Pop” episode talked about Elvis. Doja Cat interpolated the classic song on “Vegas” as heard in the film – Doja Cat’s track samples 1953’s “Hound Dog,” sung by Big Mama Thornton and written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Doja Cat is nominated for several VMAs including Best Pop, Best Choreography, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, and more.

Caresha Please

Listen to ‘Caresha Please’

Caresha Brownlee (aka Yung Miami from the group City Girls) chats with entertainment’s biggest names for raw conversations on their careers, lives, and more. Besides podcasting, Caresha is a musician, singer, entrepreneur, model, and social media star from Miami, FL. Check out recent episodes with Diddy, JT & Saucy Santana, and Kevin Gates. “Caresha Please” is presented by REVOLT.

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The Breakfast Club

Listen to Lizzo on ‘The Breakfast Club’

In July, Lizzo stopped by “The Breakfast Club” to chat about her new album, Special, and her clothing line, Yitty. Then, Ne-Yo chatted with the hosts about his new music, songwriting, and a possible Verzuz battle. Lizzo’s VMA nominations include Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop, and more.

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Dua Lipa: At Your Service

Listen to ‘Dua Lipa: At Your Service’

Dua Lipa chats with friends and guests like Elton John, Russell Brand, Bowen Yang, Megan Thee Stallion, and more on over 10 episodes presented by iHeartRadio. Her nominees include Song of the Year with Elton John, Best Collaboration, Best Art Direction, and more.

Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

Listen to Ed Sheeran on ‘Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist’

Ed Sheeran joined “Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist” in January to talk about the GRAMMYs, his newest album Equals, his daughter who influenced tracks, and going from busking in London to earning top dollar on one of the world’s biggest music tours. Ed’s VMA nominations include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Best Pop – just to name a few.

13: A Taylor Swift Fan Podcast

13: A Taylor Swift Fan Podcast

Listen to ’13: A Taylor Swift Fan Podcast’

Kiddnation presents “13: A Taylor Swift Fan Podcast,” hosted by 4 Swifties. They’re exploring every song, the scandals, speculating who the songs are about, how Swift connects songs, and other updates. Swift’s VMA nominations include Video of the Year, Best Longform Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, and more.

Stanning BTS

Listen to ‘Stanning BTS’

“Stanning BTS” is the ultimate fan podcast hosted by ARMY BFFs Kayla and Bethany. They’re chatting about all things BTS – from album reviews, to concerts, group updates, and more. Since 2018, the duo has released over 190 episodes, presented by Consequence Podcast Network. BTS is nominated for a Best K-Pop VMA and more.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Listen to ‘Lil Nas X’s Montero’ on ‘Pop Culture Happy Hour’

Lil Nas X has blown up over the last few years, and this “Pop Culture Happy Hour” episode talks about his career, pop culture influence, and his new album Montero. Check out this 26-minute episode presented by NPR. Lil Nas X is nominated for VMAs in categories like Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Choreography, and more.

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The Zane Lowe Interview Series

Listen to ‘The Zane Lowe Interview Series’

Harry Styles joined “The Zane Lowe Interview Series” in Palm Springs after headlining Coachella. He shared about his album, Harry’s House, and updates since Zane and Harry last sat down. Harry’s VMA nominations include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, and more.

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The Drew Barrymore Show

Listen to Billie Eilish on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’

Billie Eilish joined Drew on this 9-minute episode to talk about the media’s impact on her confidence over the years. She shared why the word “fans” bothers her, and what her life has been like since releasing Happier Than Ever. Billie’s VMA nominations include Song of the Year, Best Pop, Best Longform Video, Best Direction, and more.


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