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 podcast episodes interviewing nominated artists, fan-driven shows, and culture critics analyzing artists’ work.
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.
On this 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.
Switched on Pop
This “Switched on Pop” episode talks about Elvis. Doja Cat interpolated the classic song “Hound Dog” 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.
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
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
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” 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.
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.
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.
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.