Mexican singer Peso Pluma made his MTV Video Music Awards debut tonight (September 12), when he performed his single “Lady Gaga” at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. On a circular stage, he sang a relatively faithful version of the song while surrounded by a musicians on Spanish guitar, upright bass, trombone, strings, and horns. He even snuck in a mid-song shoutout to Mexico. Watch Pluma’s performance below.
Pluma is up for Best New Artist at this year’s VMAs, marking his first year being nominated at the show. Additionally, his Eslabon Armado collaboration “Ella Baila Sola” will compete for Best Latin against Anitta (“Funk Rave”), Bad Bunny (“Where She Goes”), Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny (“Un X100to”), Karol G and Shakira (“TQG”), Rosalía (“Despechá”), and Shakira solo (“Acróstico”).
Peso Pluma and Yng Lvcas’ “Le Bebe (Remix)” is up for Song of the Summer, nominated alongside cuts by Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Troye Sivan, and others.
Pluma issued his new album, Génesis, back in June, and it has become the biggest música Mexicana album of all time. “Ella Baila Sola,” meanwhile, is the first regional Mexican song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.