Future to Perform at MTV Video Music Awards 2016 For the First Time

Future and Ciara
Future performs at the Buku Music & Arts Project in New Orleans during 2016. Josh Brasted/FilmMagic

What a time to be alive! Future is set to take the MTV Video Music Awards stage for the first time ever at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28.

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The “Low Life” rapper, 32, announced the news via social media on Monday, August 22, with a personal video — created by director Tim Gould — about his creative music process.

Future (né Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn) is arguably one of the hottest rappers in music right now. His last two albums — 2015’s DS2 and 2016’s EVOL — and his critically acclaimed 2015 collaborative mixtape with Drake, What a Time to Be Alive, all entered the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1 in a seven-month timespan.

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The “Wicked” MC and Drake, 29, are currently in the midst of their co-headlining 55-date Summer Sixteen Tour, which has already traveled to New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and dozens of other cities.

“It’s hard to get burned out or uninspired,” Future told MTV News of his busy schedule earlier this month. “I’m afraid of what that is. I feel like God made me this way, and I’m taking advantage of it. But also, you gotta understand: I have kids. That’s what I work for. I got the three No. 1 albums for my kids, man, to set a solid foundation for them. And even my nephews and nieces, my sisters, my brothers. I do everything for my family.”

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Future will take the 2016 VMAs stage with previously announced performers Britney Spears, Nick Jonas and Rihanna, who is also set to receive the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s star-studded ceremony.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will air on MTV Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

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