Tonight, Carly Rae Jepsen could conceivably beat Frank Ocean and One Direction for Best New Artist. Taylor Swift may very well bring a chorus of Kennedys to sing backup when she performs a top-secret song from her new album. And 2 Chainz might wear more than two chains around his neck.

Truly, anything is possible at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. That’s why EW’s Adam Markovitz and Darren Franich will be live-blogging the whole event to make sure no miniature pop-culture milestone goes unremarked. Tune in to the VMAs pre-show at 7 pm ET and come back to this post at 7:30 for our expert commentary, complete with trivia, snap-judgment polls and a deep philosophical debate about the semantics of Rihanna’s “Cockiness.” See you there!