How Kane Brown Will Make History at the 2022 MTV VMAs

Kane Brown will soon make history at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The country superstar will become the…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 11, 2022

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Kane Brown will soon make history at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

The country superstar will become the first male country artist to ever perform on the MTV VMAs.

Live from the Toyota stage, Brown is set to deliver the television debut of his latest single “Grand,” from his highly-anticipated third studio album, Different Man.

The performance will not only mark the live TV debut of the tune but also his first time ever performing on the VMAs.

The 2022 MTV VMAs are set to air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Aug. 28.

The VMAs will also feature performances from Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid and Panic! At The Disco. Global superstar Nicki Minaj will also perform live for the first time since 2018 and receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award.

Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Nas lead with seven nominations each. Doja Cat and Harry Styles follow behind with six nods while Billie Eilish, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd closely follow with five nominations each. See the full list of nominations HERE.

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Brown previously made VMAs history when he was the only country artist to receive a 2021 nomination in the category of Video for Good for his single “Worldwide Beautiful.”

Arriving on September 9, Different Man will feature 17 tracks, including his latest single “Like I Love Country Music,” “One Mississippi,” “Whiskey Sour,” “Leave You Alone,” and “Grand.” The project also features duets with Blake Shelton and his wife Katelyn Brown.

Different Man follows Brown’s second studio album, 2018’s Experiment. In August of 2020, Brown released his ACM-nominated EP, Mixtape Vol. 1, which included several hit singles such as “Cool Again,” “Worldwide Beautiful” “Worship You” and his Top 40 radio single, “Be Like That” featuring Khalid and Swae Lee.

Later this year, Brown will embark on a massive international tour, dubbed the Drunk or Dreaming Tour.

The trek will feature special guests Restless Road, Jessie James Decker, Blanco Brown and Chris Lane on select dates. Kicking off on September 17 in Melbourne, Australia, the tour will continue through Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, and Europe.

The Drunk or Dreaming Tour marks Brown’s first time touring in Australia and New Zealand, and his long-awaited return to Canada and Europe.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.