(CBS) – MTV 2021 Music Video Awards airing this Sunday night at 8:00 PM EDT. Upon returning to Brooklyn, Barclay’s Center will be home to this year’s awards and fans will be back in attendance.
MTV’s Dometi Pongo will be holding the red carpet among other tasks during the awards. CBS’s Matt Weiss caught up with Pongo for the scoop on this weekend’s awards.
MW: Dometi is excited to speak with you today! In the first place, how did you connect with the VMAs and what was your reaction when they came to you and offered you the opportunity?
DP: Ah man, I’ve been with MTV News since December 2018 and I was over the moon when I got the chance to work for the network that has shaped pop culture around me for so long. I grew up in Sways and Suchin Paks and Kurt Loders and the crazy thing about that is that I didn’t even have cable growing up.
I used to have to run to a friend’s house to watch MTV, so it was a very special gift. My first red carpet for MTV was the MTV Movie and TV awards; I’ve been addicted ever since. Some of the work I do in journalism is very heavy. When you get a chance to talk about your favorite albums, it’s a pleasure.
MW: You are a huge fan of music, who are some of your favorite artists that really influenced you growing up?
DP: Jay Z. It’s almost a cliche to say that he influences everyone. I really am a Jay-Z fan. There’s a rapper in Philadelphia, The Roots, Black Thought of the Roots, who plays the house band at one of the nightly shows. In fact, I have a Black Thought tattoo on my arm that says how much I love him.
He says, “my journalistic rank is a catalyst for change,” which is one of my favorites. But as for those who are performing in the show, Polo G., a young artist from Chicago, I’m glad to see that he has transcended piercing music and is now making hits that transcended culture and led to success. VMA stage, so I’m excited to see that kid perform. I love Kacey Musgraves, she will premiere Star Crossed performing on Sunday night. A lot is happening this week.
MW: You mention Jay-Z, who completes the circle. the VMAs will be held in New York this year. What does that mean for you to have that energy that the city provides?
DP: I think it’s particularly meaningful that we’re back in Brooklyn, back at Barclays, the day after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, but also at a time when we’re dealing with COVID-19 and finding a way to do it. in a safe way. move along.
Everyone wants to re-acclimatize and see what this new normal feels like. Beyond the show and entertainment, there’s also an air of, well, how do we do this, what does the work look like, what does the fun look like, what the concerts look like? It’s great to know that everyone here will be fully vaccinated. Talent, we the people behind the scenes, we get tested every other day.
It’s significant on multiple levels, especially because of everything that’s happened in New York. Right at the start of the pandemic, I was talking to first responders and they went through a lot. This is kind of a homecoming for a lot of people right now.
This will be one of the most important shows in history because we are not only commemorating 20 years since September 11, but it is also the 40th anniversary of MTV, the brand, the network. We will celebrate that.
We have to commemorate that. So you have a personality like Doja Cat hosting. She’s unhinged, unfiltered, hilarious, crazy, exciting, all things, presenting and acting. I think it will be one for the books.
MW: What are you most excited about for your own role? What is something you can’t wait to do the night of?
DP: I’m looking forward to Chloe from Chloe x Halle coming out on her own. It’s funny because she was a newer act. A lot of people are probably more excited for the Foo Fighters and Billie Eilish; I’m also excited for them, I love Billie. But I’m really excited to see Chloe perform on her own and perform solo for the first time.
He had a phenomenal performance in recent years at the VMAYes, so I can’t wait to see what this year brings. That’s the one I’m on the edge of my seat for.
I’m also looking forward to seeing Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker with Papercuts, when I watched that video, it was probably one of the most jarring videos of the year. I can’t imagine what the stage design will be like.
You have The Kid LAROI performing with Justin Bieber, Stay. Justin leads the pack with 9 nominations. I’m excited who takes home the video of the year, the artist of the year. Artists, I’m supporting Megan Thee Stallion. I am excited about everything. I can’t even choose one thing.
MW: It’s sure to be a party in Brooklyn. Thank you very much for the time and all the best with the program!
DP: Thank you very much and I will invite everyone to follow us on MTV News and we will be reporting from the red carpet. You will see some of my conversations with some of the biggest stars of the night, so I can’t wait to see you there!
the VMA Awards Come to MTV on Sunday, September 12 at 8:00 PM EDT. Check your local listings for more information.