Labor Day might stand as the unofficial end of summer, but don’t sleep on the finality of the MTV Video Music Awards. The 2015 iteration will send out the season in a big way, with a highly anticipated video premiere, a divisive figure earning the lifetime achievement award, and many electric performances. Here’s everything you need to know before the big event.
When are the VMAs?
The Video Music Awards will air live around the country on MTV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
As revealed by Tom Cruise, The Weeknd will sing “Can’t Feel My Face.” He’ll be joined on the broadcast by Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj. During the pre-show, Nick Jonas and Walk The Moon will play.
What about Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video?
The video for Swift’s latest single will premiere during the pre-show. That starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Who’s nominated for Video of the Year?
The nominees are: Beyoncé for “7/11”; Kendrick Lamar for “Alright”; Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) for “Uptown Funk”; Ed Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud”; and Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar and the squad) for “Bad Blood.” See the other categories and their nominees here.
Who is this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award?
Kanye West. Last year’s honoree was Beyoncé, presented by husband Jay Z.
Is it likely there will be another much discussed, controversial moment?
Of course! It’s the VMAs.
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