Delawareans may see a familiar face during the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, Jamila Mustafa will co-host the awards pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mustafa is a Delaware native and Delaware State and University alumna.
The former Miss DSU is an award-winning broadcast journalist, actress and host. She’s hosted a variety of music shows on iHeartRadio, ESPN, BET Networks, SiriusXM Volume and MTV Network’s TRL. Currently, Mustafa is a host of MTV’s Fresh Out Live and Fresh Out Playlist.
MTV’s Mustafa and Nessa Diab will host the 90-minute pre-show event, featuring performances, celebrity interviews, and coast-to-coast coverage of artists and celebrities, courtesy of celebrity correspondents Tinashe, according to the network.
Mustafa is excited to bring the pre-show to audiences. She says when it comes to the VMAs, the pre-show is known as “the show.”
“From performances, awards and magic moments, you never know what’s in store,” she said via email. “To be an HBCU queen from Wilmington, Delaware who’s dedicated over 15 years professionally to my career, it feels good to finally have this moment. However, Sunday isn’t about me—it’s about the millions of people I am going to bring joy to as well as the young girls watching that will say, ‘If Jamila can do it…I can do it too!’”
The 2021 VMAs will air live at 8 p.m. on September 12 on MTV, and will feature performances from Chlōe, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes, Jack Harlow, The Kid LAROI, Ozuna, Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Lorde, Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo, Tain and Twenty One Pilots.
For more information, visit vma.mtv.com.