Everything You Need to Know About the MTV VMAs This Weekend
In approximately 48 hours, stars of every stripe shall be glam-squadding it up, getting ready to attend the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in the heart of NYC. And it’s going to be big this year.
The VMAs were once the lightweights of awards shows, but in the past few years they’ve become quite the ceremony, thanks in part toKanye WestandTaylor Swift‘s controversial exchange, and just Kanye West in general. (Don’t worry, he’ll be there this year, and he has four minutes with which to do whatever the F he wants, so—not to be missed.)
As for Swift, she reportedly won’t be in the building. After winning Video of the Year for “Bad Blood” last year, she wasn’t even nominated for anything this year (though she had three eligible vids), and Peopleis broadcasting that she’s like, “pass” on her invitation, even though everyone wants to sit next to her. #GirlSquad 4-Eva.
Here are the major bullet points you should know about this weekend’s shindig, including who’s hosting, who you’ll see on the red carpet, which performances you should look out for—and how to watch.
Technically, No One Is Hosting
Instead of having one host as a continuum throughout the evening, the VMAs are trying something new this year—a panel of emcees and “correspondents.” VMA exec producerJesse IgnjatovictoldEWthat the venue inspired this new direction. “As much as it’s famous for music, it’s also famous for sports,” he said, so comedy duoKeegan-Michael KeyandJordan Peele, a.k.a. Key and Peele, will be “at a desk covering the show to the camera as you would see at these other events.”Innnteresting. They are hilarious, so—yay for that. What’s more, they’ll apparently be delivering their play-by-play as their alter egos, @TheShamester and @LizardSheepl.
Jay Pharoah,DJ Khaled, andNicole Byer are slated as correspondents, so—they really are going all the way with the sports theme. TBD how that works out, but we’re pretty stoked. In case you’ve forgotten, last yearMileyCyrushosted the whole night, so this’ll be a very different jam indeed.
Expect Jaw-Dropping Performances
First off,Britney Spears—or, should we say Britney, bitch—is reportedly plotting the performance of her lifetime (and her first at the VMAs since 2007). Then there’s the four minutes of whatever-the-hell from Kanye West. Don’t forget Beyoncé (confirmed byUs Weekly), who shut down the show two years ago with a 20-minute best-of medley;Rihanna, who has been on fire onstage of late (and will play several songs throughout the show, as well as receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award); plusNicki Minaj, Future, ArianaGrande,Ty Dolla $ign, NickJonas, The Chainsmokers, andHalsey.
On top of all that, there’s buzz thatLady Gagamight sweep in for a surprise, though Us Weekly reported that the rumors aren’t true.
The Final Five Are Handing Out Moon Men
You’ll have lots of chances to watch stars interacting with stars, obviously—and, to shake things up, you’ll also get to see Olympic athletes join the mix. The “final five”—Simone Biles,Gabby Douglas,Aly Raisman,Laurie Hernandez, andMadison Kocian—shall be doling out awards at the show, along with fellow OlympianMichael Phelps, Olympic selfie-takerKim Kardashian,Alicia Keys,Sean “Diddy” Combs,Jaden Smith,Rita Ora, Jimmy Fallon, Ansel Elgort, Tove Lo, Shameik Moore, and Fifth Harmony.
Look out forAdele,Drake, Justin Bieber, Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Alessia Cara, andZara Larsson in the audience.
Oh Yeah, There Are Some Amazing Videos Up for Awards
Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic
Video of the Year nominations include Beyoncé for “Formation,”Adelefor “Hello,”Drakefor “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber for “Sorry,” and Kanye West for “Famous.” For a full list of videos, see MTV.
You Can Live-Stream the Whole Thing
Red carpet arrivals start at 6:15pm. EST, and the pre-show (hosted byDJ Khaled,Charlamagne Tha God, andLizzo) starts at 8pm. The show itself begins at 9pm.
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