ROCK ICON SIR ROD STEWART AND DNCE TO PERFORM REMAKE OF CLASSIC HIT “DA YA THINK I’M SEXY” AT THE 2017 “VMAS”
MULTI-PLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER DEMI LOVATO TO PERFORM HIT SINGLE “SORRY NOT SORRY” FROM HER UPCOMING ALBUM
MTV today announced that Sir Rod Stewart, one of best-selling artists of all-time and a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, will perform with multi-platinum selling group DNCE for the re-imagined version of one of the most iconic dance tracks of all time, Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” at the 2017 “VMAs”. Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Demi Lovato, with one of the most powerful voices both on and off the stage will perform “Sorry Not Sorry”.
The song, from her highly anticipated sixth studio album, has quickly proven to be one of the year’s biggest hits. Both performances will originate from Las Vegas in a special remote performance feature presented by PEPSI®. The 2017 “VMAs” will air live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 AT 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The re-imagined version of Stewart’s iconic “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” featuring DNCE will be released on Friday, August 25. Originally released in 1978 on his classic ninth album Blondes Have More Fun, the song stands out as one of his signature hits, peaking at #1 in six countries including the US where it reigned at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart four weeks in February 1979 and was named among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
In addition to the remote performances, PEPSI® will bring fans even more access to the artists and music of the VMAs with a newly added livestream of the red carpet spectacle on Twitter (mtv.twitter.com), as well as on MTV.com (vma.mtv.com), beginning the hour leading up to the on-air pre-show (3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET) straight through to the main event. Always at the forefront of pop culture, Pepsi has created some of the most iconic music moments at the MTV VMAs. The brand has historically supported the VMAs by offering a space for new and established artists to perform and share new music with viewers.
Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music with 200 million records sold worldwide. With his signature voice, narrative songwriting, trendsetting style and passionate live performances he’s transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, new wave, and even the Great American Song Book; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his five decade-long career. As a singer and songwriter his hits include “Gasoline Alley,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind,” “You Wear It Well,” “The Killing of Georgie,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” “Young Turks,” “Forever Young,” “Hot Legs,” “Infatuation” and the indelible, “Maggie May.” Stewart’s performed for millions of fans on all seven continents, even holding the record for the largest-ever free concert, for an estimated 4.2 million in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve in 1996. In addition to touring, his Las Vegas residency, “Rod Stewart: The Hits,” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has remained one of the hottest tickets and best reviewed shows since its launch in 2011. He’s earned countless of the industry’s highest awards, among them; two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times bestselling author, GrammyTM Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted by Britain’s Prince William at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity.
The VMAs will premiere live on MTV Asia on Monday, 28 August: Pre-Show (6am WIB, 7am MY/SG) and Main Show (7am WIB, 8am MY/SG). The repeat telecast airs on the same day: Pre-Show (6pm WIB, 7pm MY/SG) and Main Show (7pm WIB, 8pm MY/SG).
Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of “Cake By The Ocean,” their now 3x certified platinum-selling breakout smash. Included on the group’s 4-track debut EP, SWAAY [Republic Records], “Cake By The Ocean” entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a hit at Top 40 radio, where it went on to become one of the most played songs of the year. An international success, global consumption of the song is over 7 million adjusted singles, including nearly 450 million streams on Spotify worldwide. What’s more, the companion music video has over 281 million views on VEVO. Cementing them as one of 2016’s breakout acts, the band took home the win for “Best PUSH Artist” at the “2016 MTV European Music Awards” and “Best New Artist” at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards. They were also nominated for two American Music Awards for “Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock” and “New Artist of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile.” DNCE released their self-titled debut album in November of 2016.
DNCE is front man Joe Jonas, bassist & keyboardist Cole Whittle, guitarist JinJoo, and drummer Jack Lawless.
Demi Lovato is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter with one of the world’s most powerful voices on and off the stage. With over 6 billion global single streams and 9 platinum and multi-platinum singles to her name, she recently released “Sorry Not Sorry,” which has quickly proven to be one of 2017’s biggest hits. As a result of her long time commitment to raising awareness around LGBT issues and causes, in 2016, Lovato became the recipient of GLAAD’s Vanguard award. She continues to be a global advocate for Mental Health.
Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are Executive Producers. Melanie Block serves as Executive In Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Music Executive in Charge. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive in Charge.
Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Video Music Awards” include: Cadillac, Extra® Gum, PEPSI®, Swiffer®, Taco Bell®, truth®, and Verizon.
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