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Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Lil Nas X & More to Perform at 2019 MTV VMAs. MTV announced the first wave of performers for the 2019 Video Music Awards on Tuesday (Aug. 13). Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalia, and Shawn Mendes have been confirmed to take the stage at this year's VMAs, bringing to the forefront a diverse and talented crowd, including Latin artists, LGTBQ country-rap stars, and African-American female rappers. This multicultural lineup is a big difference from two years ago, when the awards show was the focal point of widespread criticism for not including "Despacito" the most-viewed video in history and the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time in 2017 in its list of nominees, nor did MTV invite Luis Fonsi or Daddy Yankee to perform at the show. Last year -- and after four consecutive years of not having a Latin category or performers -- memorable moments such as Cardi B winning best new artist, Camila Cabello nabbing artist and song of the year, Jennifer Lopez being recognized with the video vanguard award, J Balvin taking home a Moonman for "Mi Gente," and Maluma performing "Felices los Cuatro" in Spanish, really put Latin music center stage at the VMAs. Having artists such as Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Rosalia take the stage at the 2019 VMAs further proves that Latin music and Spanish-language songs keep dominating streaming charts at a global scale. The VMAs also recently announced that Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to receive the Michael Jackson video vanguard award. Taylor Swift will also perform following the release of her highly anticipated album, "Lover." The 2019 VMAs, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, will air live from the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26, at 9:00 p.m. ET on MTV. (Billboard)

Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign's "Hot Girl Summer" got chilled down by LAPD who nearly torpedoed their music video -- but there's a happy ending. Ya like those, right? Sources close to the situation tell TMZ, cops crashed Meg's attempt to shoot her video for 'HGS' last Friday, in the Mount Olympus neighborhood of L.A. -- right in the heart of the Hollywood Hills. The reason? We're told she didn't have the proper permits. Major drag too ... because our sources say Meg and her featured guests, Nicki and Ty, were all set to go at a house they'd booked as the main set for the shoot. Nicki and Meg were in costume, rocking matching neon striped outfits, which showed off all their good sides. As in, all of them!!! The problem is ... someone snitched!!! Law enforcement sources tell us someone called the cops, and officers rolled up to find production didn't have the necessary paperwork. LAPD sent everyone packing, shutting down production. Not to worry though, Stallionaires ... we're told Meg and co. improvised and were able to lock down another location about 50 miles East of L.A. in Chino Hills. It's just like the Hollywood Hills ... of Chino, anyway. We're told the team was able to finish the scenes they needed without issues that same night, and the music video is scheduled to be released as planned. Spoiler alert ... this thing appears to feature some wild animal cameos. Saddle up, folks!!! (TMZ)

Concerts Canceled, Investigation Opened Into Placido Domingo. Two music companies canceled appearances by Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it would launch an investigation in response to an Associated Press story in which numerous women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior spanning decades. Domingo has been general director of the LA Opera since 2003 and previously served as the company's artistic director, jobs that gave him the power to cast roles and -- his accusers say -- make, or break, careers. Some of the women told the AP that Domingo used his power at the LA company and elsewhere to try to pressure them into sexual relationships, with several saying that he dangled jobs and then sometimes punished them professionally if they refused his advances. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera announced they would cancel upcoming performances featuring the star, regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time.


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