MTV Tunes Up ‘Unplugged’ Reboot

Shawn Mendes to launch series in September

MTV will resurrect its Unplugged music franchise in September with a new season, the network said Thursday.

Unplugged, which first launched in 1989 and showcases artists playing their hit songs acoustically, will re-launch Sept. 8 with Shawn Mendes, said network officials.

The network said the series will feature “a fresh reinvention that will feature performances from locations across the globe that hold special meaning to each artist,” but would not reveal specifics.

Previous MTV Unplugged episodes have featured performances from Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele and Florence + The Machine. 

“MTV revolutionized the performance storytelling space when it launched ‘MTV Unplugged’ almost 30 years ago,” said Amani Duncan, Senior Vice President of Music, MTV in a statement.  “The Unplugged series allows artists to reimagine their songs in an intimate and acoustic medium, giving their fans a new perspective on their favorite hits.  We’re thrilled to have multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes launch this new season."