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Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran unveiled his most modern single “Shivers,” a caffeinated but soft bit of dance-pop that marked a much yowl from the preliminary vampire vibes he despatched out with “Repugnant Habits” when that dropped in gradual June. Right here is about a genuine news: Sheeran will assemble at the 2021 VMAs in simplest two days — and he’s bringing his fizzy-crush fresh music along with him.
Both tunes are arena to appear on his upcoming fourth album =, along with “Visiting Hours,” and they match squarely in his wheelhouse, fine singer-songwriter constructs that embody the largesse of pop. This arena is where he’s spent a decade forging a delighted direction. It be furthermore what makes Sheeran the kind of charismatic performer, one thing he’ll raise motivate to the VMA stage when he performs “Shivers.”
His earlier VMA performance in 2017 boasted now not correct charisma but an motivate from Lil Uzi Vert, who paired up with Sheeran for an explosive medley of “Shape of You” and “XO Tour Llif3.” This year, he’s decided to raise “Shivers” to handsome existence. Sheeran is furthermore up for four Moonperson trophies, including the night’s high prize for the aforementioned vampy “Repugnant Habits.”
And he’s in mountainous company on the performer slate. Sheeran joins the beforehand announced cleave of artists, including Justin Bieber, Travis Barker, Camila Cabello, Chlöe, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, The Kid Laroi, Lil Nas X, Swae Lee, Machine Gun Kelly, Alicia Keys, Shawn Mendes, Kacey Musgraves, Normani, Ozuna, Olivia Rodrigo, Tainy, and Twenty One Pilots. Kim Petras, Swedish Home Mafia, and Polo G will assemble for the length of the pre-enlighten.
The VMAs will air live on Sunday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. This year’s awards will debut a newly redesigned Moonperson statue from elegant artist Kehinde Wiley. They’ll furthermore honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks by collaborating with the nonprofit 9/11 Day on a series of events to promote awareness and sure action all around the day’s 20th anniversary.