Shawn Mendes To Kick Off "MTV Unplugged" Reboot
MTV has announced a reboot of their beloved "Unplugged" franchise for this fall. The network is not holding back on star power either, enlisting pop chart-topper Shawn Mendes for the first installment of the relaunched series.
The show, originally conceived and launched in 1989 by singer/songwriter Jules Shear (who hosted the first 13 episodes) along with producers Robert Small and Jim Burns, drew on a late '80s fad of rock bands performing acoustic versions of their hits at award shows and televised events.
Clapton's Unplugged album went on to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, with "Tears In Heaven" also taking Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, at the 35th GRAMMY Awards. Tony Bennett became the second artist to win Album Of The Year for an "Unplugged" album at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.
According to Variety, the new series is looking to "mix things up this time around."
"'Let's take it to cool locations' was the thought," said MTV's Amani Duncan, who is heading the new launch. "Like where the artist played their first major show, or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it's, 'I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.'"
The reboot of "MTV Unplugged" featuring Shawn Mendes from the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles is scheduled to air Sept. 8.