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Foo Fighters to Be Presented with First-Ever Global Icon Award at 2021 VMAs

Busy rock band Foo Fighters are returning to the VMAs stage after 15 years to receive the first-ever Global Icon Award at the 2021 ceremony.

The VMAs will be airing live September 12. The band made their debut on the VMA stage back in 1997, with pre-show performances of "Monkey Wrench" and "Everlong" from The Colour and the Shape.

A staple of the MTV EMAs (Europe Music Awards), the Global Icon Award will make its debut at the VMAs this year. The award "celebrates an artist/band whose unparalleled career and continued impact and influence has maintained a unique level of global success in music and beyond."

Besides receiving the Global Icon Award, Foo Fighters will be performing. They join a lineup that includes first-time VMA performers Olivia Rodrigo and Machine Gun Kelly. Other scheduled performers include Lorde, Lil Nas X and Camila Cabello.

Putting aside their Global Icon Award, Foo Fighters are up for three Moon Person trophies this year for their video “Shame Shame,” which is nominated for Best Rock, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography. Foo Fighters' Global Icon Award comes six weeks before the band is set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Oct. 30.


As well as VMA accolades, the rock band has received 11 Grammys in their career, while frontman Dave Grohl has an additional five wins to his name.

In other Foo Fighter news, the band played the first full-capacity show at Madison Square Garden in June after the COVID-19 pandemic halted live performances for a year. After that, they released a new disco album for Record Store Day 2021 under the alter ego "The Dee Gees." More recently, they released a new version of "Making a Fire" with Mark Ronson, and had to postpone a L.A. concert due to COVID-19 cases within their own team.

The 2021 MTV VMAs will broadcast live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 12 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Fans can cast their votes for the upcoming show here until Sept. 3.

Watch MTV's announcement video below.


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Article Image: Foo Fighters lining up on the red carpet for the 2012 MusiCares Gala. (Jean_Nelson via DepositPhotos.)

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