Tonight, MTV and Michelle Obama’s nonpartisan organization, When We All Vote, celebrated the Class of 2020 with “MTV’s Prom-athon,” a music-filled virtual prom event for students across the country who have had their proms and graduations canceled due to COVID-19. The event aired live on MTV YouTube as part of a full-day of on-air prom-themed programming on MTV.
Featuring a packed lineup of celebrity talent and exclusive performances, MTV brought the classic coming-of-age event into everyone’s homes and coupled it with another important milestone for young people this year: registering and voting in the national election in November.
DJ Khaled took the reins as ‘Prom Boss’ to kick off the night of performances from DJ Pauly D, Chloe x Halle and KYLE, coupled with special guest appearances from When We All Vote co-chairs Michelle Obama and Janelle Monáe, Bebe Rexha, Becky G, When We All Vote ambassador Fat Joe, Social House, Tory Lanez and more.
Top highlights from MTV Prom-athon include:
- Former First Lady and When We All Vote co-chair Michelle Obama kicked off the evening with a heartfelt message to the Class of 2020, telling them to “breathe deep, dance your heart out and enjoy this Prom-a-thon.”
- Before the virtual dance floor got started, viewers were treated to pre-prom festivities: a dance tutorial from triple threat Julianne Hough to her song “Transform,” an extravagant eye makeup tutorial from internet sensation Bretman Rock, and a how-to for the perfectly snatched bling ponytail from celebrity stylist Chris Applewood.
- DJ Khaled was designated Prom Boss for the night, checking in with 2020 Prom Challenge Winners and students from across the country about handling quarantine life and future plans (clip here)
- Winning students who were spotlighted during the night included Jayvonne Simmons from Detroit, MI, Stephanie Mo from Hialeah Gardens, FL, and Christ Pirgu from Philadelphia, PA.
- Superstar Bebe Rexha let viewers get prom-ready with her and showed off some moves in her memorable red Grammys ball gown.
- DJ Pauly D got the (virtual) dance floor started, playing fan-favorites like “Motivation,” “Stupid Love,” “Senorita,” “One Kiss,” and taking online requests.
- Super duo Chloe x Halle thrilled fans with a magical performance of “Do It” live from their living room, while KYLE treated students to a performance of his energetic new summer hit “YES!” (watch both)
Earlier in the day, MTV aired a full day of prom-themed throwback movies including 17 Again, Bring It On, Clueless and Grease, along with short-form original content highlighting several of the winning schools and students of the 2020 Prom Challenge. AJ Mitchell, DDG, Mario, Laura Marano all made special on-air appearances ahead of the virtual prom.
With over 4 million Americans turning 18 between now and the 2020 general election, MTV and When We All Vote have partnered to integrate voter registration into young people’s lives by making the process of voting easy, fun, and social. Last week, the 20 winning high schools were notified via a private Zoom call with the former First Lady where they were applauded for their voter registration efforts and creativity. Clip of the Today Show reveal here.
The 2020 Prom Challenge Winners include: Dobson High School (Mesa, AZ), Western School of Science & Technology (Phoenix, AZ), Norte Vista High School (Riverside, CA), Compton Early College High School (Compton, CA), Community Charter Early College High School (Lake View Terrace, CA), Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS (Washington, DC), Hialeah Gardens High School (Hialeah Gardens, FL), Meadowcreek High School (Norcross, GA), TF North High School (Calumet City, IL), Muchin College Prep (Chicago, IL), Communication and Media Arts High School (Detroit, MI), Cass Technical High School (Detroit, MI), John F. Kennedy High School (Winston-Salem, NC), R.J. Reynolds High School (Winston-Salem, NC), Valley High School (Las Vegas, NV), STEM Academy at Showalter (Chester, PA), Abraham Lincoln High School (Philadelphia, PA), Building 21 High School (Allentown, PA), Westbury High School (Houston, TX), Golda Meir High School (Milwaukee, WI).
Find out more at: prom.mtv.com.
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