The Red Hot Chili Peppers will receive the Global Icon Award and perform live at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, which airs Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
The Foo Fighters were the recipients of the Global Icon Award last year. Lady Gaga won a similar award in 2000. Hers was dubbed the MTV Tricon Award.
The Global Icon Award, which the VMAs imported from MTV’s Europe Music Awards (EMA), “celebrates an artist or group whose unprecedented career and ongoing impact and influence have maintained a unique level of worldwide success in the music and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape,” according to MTV.
This will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fourth performance at the VMAs. The band performed “Give It Away” in 1992, “Warped” in 1995, and “Californication” in 2000, when they received the Video Vanguard Award.
This year, the band scored their 29th VMA nomination — and their first since 2006 — in the Best Rock category for “Black Summer,” the lead single from their 12th studio album, Unlimited love. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in April, becoming the group’s first leader since Stadium Arcadium in 2006.
The group is about to release another studio album, The return of the dream canteenon October 14 on Warner Records, just over six months after the release of Unlimited love. This will be the first time the group has released two studio albums in less than 12 months.
On Friday (August 19), MTV and Red Hot Chili Peppers teamed up for an exclusive world premiere video for “Tippa My Tongue,” the lead single from The return of the dream canteen, which also released today. Watch the music video HERE and listen to the song HERE.
One of the most successful bands in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers (vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante) have won six Grammy Awards and been inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
The group has won eight VMAs, however, surprisingly, they have never won for Best Rock (formerly called Best Rock Video). The prize has been awarded every year but one since 1989. (The category disappeared in 2007). The Peppers’ “Black Summer” competes this year with Foo Fighters’ “Love Dies Young”, Jack White’s “Taking Me Back”, Muse’s “Won’t Stand Down”, Shinedown’s “Planet Zero” and “So Called from Three Days Grace. Life.”
The group won three VMAs in 1992 – Best Art Direction in a Video and Breakthrough Video (both for “Give it Away”) and Viewer’s Choice (for “Under the Bridge”). In 1999, it won the award for Best Artist Website.
The band swept three more VMAs in 2000 — Best Art Direction in a Video and Best Direction in a Video (both for “Californication”) plus the Video Vanguard Award.
The group’s last Moon Person was in 2006 for “Dani California,” which won Best Art Direction in a Video.
MTV has not announced who will present the band with its Global Icon Award, but it should be noted that Chris Rock inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also presented them with the Video Vanguard Award. (Rock was joined by fellow producer/writer/actor Lance Couther to present this latest award.)
Nicki Minaj is receiving this year’s other big honorary VMA award – the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Yesterday it was announced that Minaj, LL Cool J and Jack Harlow were set to ‘anchor’ this year’s VMAs. Other artists who will perform on the show are Lizzo, BLACKPINK, Måneskin, Anitta, J Balvin, Marshmello x Khalid, Panic! At the disco and Kane Brown.
Fans can vote for their favorites in 22 neutral categories by visiting vote.mtv.com until Friday August 19. Voting for Best New Artist remains active during the show. Here is the full list of nominations.
Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic serve as executive producers; Barb Bialkowski is co-executive producer. Alicia Portugal and Jackie Barba are the executives in charge of production. Wendy Plaut is the celebrity talent manager. Lisa Lauricella is Director of Music Talent.