Nicki Minaj isn’t the only one teasing new music on the VMAs stage tonight. K-pop group TOMORROW X TOGETHER also debuted their new collaboration with Anitta, “Back for More,” during their performance late in the ceremony. The catchy pop track officially drops on September 15, but the artists gave us an early taste during Tuesday night’s show, paired with slick choreography.
Watch clips of the global superstars’ explosive performance, below.
TXT (consisting of Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Hueningkai) were nominated for Best K-pop at this year’s ceremony for “Sugar Rush Ride,” but the award ultimately went to Stray Kids for “S-Class.” Still, they already have a lot to celebrate this year, like releasing their EP, The Name Chapter: TEMPTATION, this January and later becoming the first K-pop act to headline Lollapalooza. They’re also gearing up to release their third studio album, The Name Chapter: FREEFALL, on October 13. “Back for More” will appear on that record, plus a handful of new tracks.
Anitta was also nominated tonight and won in the Best Latin category for “Funk Rave.” While accepting her award, she thanked her family, team, and most importantly, herself. “I wanna thank myself ’cause I worked so hard, oh my God,” she said at the mic. (Preach!)
While walking the pink carpet earlier tonight, TXT shared their other dream collaborators, including Lil Wayne, Doja Cat, Bebe Rexha, and Anitta once again. After hearing “Back for More,” we’d welcome another collab too.
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