BY: FRANCISCO FLORES
It’s Back! The 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards are airing this weekend and some of the biggest names in music will be coming out to party. Every year, the huge production gives pop culture some of the most outlandish and memorable performances in awards show history. From the Britney/Christina/Madonna kiss to Miley and Robin Thicke’s uncomfortably sexual performance, the VMAs this year are sure to give past shows a run for their money when it comes to memorable moments. Here’s a rundown of what is scheduled for the show: Beginning at 8 p.m., actress Lucy Hale will host the VMA pre-show, where viewers will get to see the arrivals of all their favorite musicians and actors. The arrivals of the stars are just as exciting as the actual show as they try to outdo each other and arrive in the biggest way possible. Past extravagant entrances include Diddy arriving on a luxury yacht when the show was held in Miami and T-Pain’s circus entrance that included him arriving on an elephant. Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony are slated to perform during the pre-show festivities to warm up the crowd.
To kick off the live telecast, MTV tapped Jessie J along with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj to perform their new single, "Bang Bang," for the first time. Immediately following the performance, the music video will be released courtesy of Beats by Dre and Target. Grande and Minaj will both take the stage separately later that night to perform their latest singles.
Apart from them, also scheduled to perform are Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Maroon 5, Usher, Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer and Beyoncé.
Speaking of Beyoncé, the former Destiny’s Child member is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year. This award is given to musicians who have contributed more than just music to the music world and who have changed MTV. Past winners include Britney Spears, U2 and most recently, Justin Timberlake. To commemorate each recipient, they receive a special award trophy and a huge performance that always ends in a standing ovation.
As if that was not enough for Mrs. Carter, Beyoncé is also nominated for eight awards that night, including the prestigious Video of the Year. She ties for the most nominations this year with newcomer Iggy Azalea. Eminem trails not far behind with a total of seven nominations.
This year, lyric videos became a huge success among musicians and most of the big names released a few to satisfy hungry fans. MTV added the Best Lyric Video category to this year’s show with Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Austin Mahone and 5 Seconds of Summer competing for that moon man.
This year’s Video of the Year nominees went all out and have proven to be stiff competition among themselves. They were all songs that were inescapable and skyrocketed to the top of the charts. The nominees are as follows:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy” Sia – “Chandelier” Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball” Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy” Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”
Who will win the biggest award of the night?
The Video Music Awards are set to air on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. on MTV.