Actress, Writer, and Rapper AWKWAFINA Confirmed to Host THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS, August 26

— July 26, 2018

– THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS to simulcast on CTV, MTV, Much, and more on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET –

TORONTO (July 26, 2018)In Fina We Trust! THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS announced today that Crazy Rich Asians star AWKWAFINA will make her live broadcast hosting debut at the juggernaut awards show, August 26.  The actress, writer, and rapper joins a blockbuster list of talent already confirmed for this year’s IHRMMVAS including Halsey, Shawn Mendes, and Tyra Banks. Fans can follow the conversation at #iHeartRadioMMVAs. “AWKWAFINA is a breakout star of 2018 and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her as our 2018 IHRMMVAS host,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Studios. “Her voice is unique, vibrant, and brazen, and we can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve as she takes to the IHRMMVAS stage.” As previously announced, also set to perform at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS are: 5 Seconds of Summer, Alessia Cara, Halsey, Kris Wu, Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie, Meghan Trainor, and recently announced superstar Shawn Mendes. Presenters include Derek Hough (WORLD OF DANCE), Jenni “JWOWW” Farley (JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION), Sonequa Martin-Green (STAR TREK: DISCOVERY), Tyra Banks (AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL), and Prince Michael Jackson. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS airs live on Sunday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET on:
  • CTV,, CTV GO
  • Much,
  • MTV
  • and the iHeartRadio app
  • Virgin Radio in Toronto, Kitchener, London, Halifax, Montréal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver
AWKWAFINA (Nora Lum) is an Asian-American actress, writer, rapper, and musician from Queens, New York. Bringing an impressive range of talent peppered with her signature flair, AWKWAFINA is positioned to be the major breakout talent this summer. She will next be seen as Peik Lin in Crazy Rich Asians opposite Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, and Ken Jeong, in theatres August 15. AWKWAFINA also most recently starred in the box office hit Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Making her feature film debut in the comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opposite Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne, AWKWAFINA previously starred in the indie comedy Dude, and was the voice of Quail in the 2016 animated adventure Storks. Noted for the satire of her hilarious original music, AWKWAFINA became an internet sensation in 2012 with her music video My Vag. Her 2014 debut album featured her acclaimed raps “NYC Bitche$,” “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita),” and the title track, “Yellow Ranger.”  Her first book, Awkwafina’s NYC, a travel guide to New York, was published by Penguin Random House in 2015. She is currently developing a scripted series with Comedy Central in which she will also star, and recently released her second EP, In Fina We Trust.

Fans get the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Gigi Hadid, James Bay, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Post Malone, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up @CTV, @iHeartRadioCA, and @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.


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Natalie Cole

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