This coming Monday, August 20, is set to be a star-studded late summer night as the MTV VMA Awards take over Radio City Music Hall.
Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes are scheduled to appear onstage, as well as Jennifer Lopez, who will accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Nicki Minaj will be performing, but not on the VMA stage – the Best Hip-Hop Video nominee is taking to “an iconic New York location” that MTV is keeping under wraps, likely to play up its “Everything Might Happen” tagline.
There is no single host spearheading this year’s festivities. Presenters including Liam Payne, Blake Lively, and Millie Bobbie Brown will be the ones running the show.
Some of the biggest questions heading into Monday include: Can Cardi B, who tops the nominee list with 10 nods, unseat Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who follow with eight nods of their own? You’ll have to watch to find out. (Sorry, T-Swift fans.) Ahead, everything you need to know to tune in.
Backstreet’s back, baby. The Backstreet Boys will perform at the pre-show, along with Bazzi and “Drew Barrymore” singer Bryce Vine, which kicks off at 8 p.m. on MTV.
The VMAs will officially kick off at 9 p.m. on MTV. The same viewing options listed above apply here, too.