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MTV and DIRECTV Now Team Up For 2018 “VMAS” Kickoff Concert Featuring Bebe Rexha, Rita Ora and Madison Beer on August 19


MTV is teaming up with DIRECTV NOW for the 2018 “VMAs” Kickoff Concert featuring performances by Bebe Rexha, Rita Ora and Madison Beer, as well as a guest set by DJ Lion Babe.  The event will be hosted by supermodel and activist Winnie Harlow and take place on Sunday, August 19 at Terminal 5 in New York.

Nominees Rexha and Ora will also take the stage at the “VMAs” the following night to present two of the show’s biggest awards. The “VMAs” will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

Fans can pick up free tickets to the MTV VMA Kickoff Concert at all 28 official AT&T retail stores in Manhattan from Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18. Each store only has 100 tickets to give out! On Saturday, August 18, Z100 will also host a ticket giveaway at AT&T in Union Square from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The special event will feature an appearance by the Moon Person and give away 200 tickets to the 2018 “VMAs” at Radio City Music Hall. All tickets for the events will be given away to the first adults (18+) who show up and request them, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Limit 2 tickets per person.   Participating stores located at:

  • 250 W 57TH STREET
  • 171 WEST 71ST STREET
  • 2195 BROADWAY
  • 2540 BROADWAY
  • 3545 BROADWAY
  • 614 W 181ST STREET
  • 209 WEST 34TH STREET
  • 16 West 34th Street
  • 217 BROADWAY – SUITE 101
  • 532  BROADWAY
  • 745 BROADWAY
  • 31 E 17th Street
  • 592 6TH AVENUE
  • 81 WEST 125TH STREET
  • 200 EAST 86TH STREET

About Rita Ora:
Rita Ora is an international pop singer with multiple #1 singles, and 12 singles in the top 10. Her debut album premiered at #1 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Recently she hit a major milestone, tying the record for the most Top 10 Singles for a solo female in the UK. Her debut U.S. album is due out this year, with 3 of its singles already platinum and in the UK Top 5. Rita’s film credits include her role in the globally successful Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, of which the final installment was released by Universal Pictures on February 9, 2018.

About Bebe Rexha:
Singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has accumulated more than 12 million overall single sales, 6 billion total global streams and a radio audience of more than 10 billion. Her highly anticipated debut album, “Expectations,” was released June 22nd on Warner Bros. Records and features her newest chart climbing single, “I’m a Mess,” as well as Bebe’s lead single, the global #1 record breaking smash “Meant To Be” with Florida Georgia Line.  The latter was just nominated for a 2018 MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration. Bebe, whom Billboard calls “one of the most daring artists of 2017,” burst onto the scene in 2013 when she penned the song “Monster,” which became a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna, and went RIAA 6x platinum stateside. Since then, Bebe co-wrote and carried the instantly recognizable hook for the 3x platinum “Hey Mama,” by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, which was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song. She also hit #1 both on the Billboard Pop and Rap charts with her platinum-selling smash single, “Me, Myself & I” with G-Eazy. Her last single, “I Got You” has more than 244 million views, “No Broken Hearts,” featuring Nicki Minaj, has more than 241 million views; and she is featured on Martin Garrix’s single, “In The Name of Love,” which has amassed more than 332 million views. Bebe released her second EP, “All Your Fault: Part 1,” and the follow-up, “All Your Fault: Part 2,” last year to rave reviews.

About Madison Beer:
Independent pop singer-songwriter Madison Beer has taken the music industry by storm, having amassed legion of loyal fans in the five years since her debut. Madison, who has been tipped as an artist to watch in 2018 by the likes of The Guardian, NME, Billboard, Time magazine (to name a few), is a priority artist for First Access Entertainment (founded by Sarah Stennett), who share her independently driven trailblazing spirit. Madison’s latest release, her debut EP As She Pleases, has gathered over 340 million streams to date and spawned the hit single “Home With You”. As the single continues to soar higher on the top Pop radio charts, Madison is currently the only independent female solo artist on the top Billboard Pop Music charts. All eyes are on Madison as we look to her first full length studio debut, set to release in 2019.

About MTV:
MTV is the leading youth media brand inspired by music, in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms.  A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, and the new MTV Studios unit which produces original and reimagined content for SVOD and linear networks based on MTV’s library of over 200+ youth titles and franchises.

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