Actress Keke Palmer is ready to host the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards!
“Extra’s” Nate Burleson spoke with Keke about the COVID-19-proof show and her activism.
Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus are some of the big names set to perform at Sunday’s live virtual event. Keke shared, “It’s gonna be, I think, something positive, especially [with] all that we’re going through in 2020.”
The show is still happening amid the COVID 19 pandemic. She said, “I’m just excited for the fact that we’re going for it and putting it together, 'cause the VMAs could have said, ‘No we ain’t doing it.’ It’s a lot that we’re up against; I’ve probably taken over 10 COVID tests… The artists are jumping through hoops to be able to just do all these things… We just want to give everybody a good time and hopefully heal each other through the music.”
Keke is trying to heal by using her voice, participating in recent Black Lives Matter protests — even asking a National Guardsman to march beside the protesters! Of the gone-viral moment, she commented, “I didn’t know that people we’re filming me. I hope I didn’t say anything crazy…I just had so much emotion bottled up in that moment. I was really thinking about relating to that man.”
Palmer also weighed in on Kamala Harris becoming the first Black female vice presidential candidate, emphasizing, “A young woman seeing someone like Kamala in that position... [it] does wonders for what they believe they can achieve for themselves, so it’s incredible.”
Watch Keke Palmer host the VMAs Sunday on MTV.