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Billy Ray Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz, Rick Ross and More to Present at MTV Video Music Awards. John Travolta, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jonathan Van Ness, Keke Palmer, Lindsey Vonn, Rick Ross, Salt-N-Pepa and Ice-T are among the first group of presenters announced for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Other presenters set to take the stage to hand out awards and introduce performers throughout the ceremony include U.S. Women's National Soccer Team members Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris; Bebe Rexha; Megan Thee Stallion; French Montana; Hailee Steinfeld; P.K. Subban; and Victor Cruz. Additionally, MTV announced Tuesday that Normani, Big Sean featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R. and Ozuna will perform during the kudocast. It was previously announced that Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo will all perform throughout the night. Additionally, Vanguard Award recipient Missy Elliott will perform. The special appearance will be her first time back on the VMAs stage since 2006. Swift and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with 10 each, while Billie Eilish earned nine and Lil Nas X followed closely behind with eight. Halsey received six noms, Mendes nabbed five and Cabello, Cardi B, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers and BTS snagged four each. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 VMAs from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday. The awards show will begin at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. (Billboard)

Phish Shows Near Denver Won't Have Camping Due to Plague Concerns. Thousands of people who planned to camp during three days of Phish concerts at a stadium outside Denver will no longer be able to because of concerns that fleas in and around nearby prairie dog burrows could spread the plague. The Denver Post reports public health officials are still finding infected fleas in fields surrounding Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The stadium's owner decided to ban camping during the concerts over Labor Day weekend, and the band posted the notice on its website Tuesday. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people were expected to camp. The band's well-known Shakedown Street, where fans sell souvenirs and food, also will not be allowed because the area normally used by vendors outside the stadium is on a dirt road. A statement from the jam band confirms the changes. "While there have been no confirmed cases of plague on site at DSGP, as an extra measure of caution, the Health Department has restricted parking at the venue to asphalt lots -- concertgoers will not be allowed to park on unpaved lots or grass," the statement reads. "As a result, we are sorry to say that there will be no overnight camping allowed for this year's shows." Camping and RV tickets will be refunded in the coming days. An Announcement Regarding Camping & Parking At Dick's Sporting Goods Park: ng-goods-park/ ... (Billboard)

Miami Dolphins Go Heavy on Jay-Z's Music at Training. The Miami Dolphins' latest featured musical artist at practice: Jay-Z. The team's sound system played more than half a dozen songs by the rapper at the start of practice Tuesday, one day after receiver Kenny Stills objected to recent comments from Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Stills. It's unclear whether coach Brian Flores was sending Stills a message. But the Dolphins confirmed that Flores picks the songs for practice, and also confirmed that Stills was told before practice the playlist would go heavy on Jay-Z. Earlier this month, Flores said he wished Stills had not gone public with criticism of team owner Stephen Ross for hosting a fundraiser for President Trump. Stills is outspoken on social issues, and has been kneeling during the national anthem since 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (Billboard)


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