By EW Staff
August 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

Tonight, MTV’s Video Music Awards will officially colonize Brooklyn with a show that promises an evening of milestones.

Justin Timberlake will receive the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Kanye West will officially tie Madonna’s seven-performances VMA record. Fingers crossed, Best Hip-Hop Video Nominee Kendrick Lamar will show up and throw insulting rhymed verses in everyone’s face. Performers Katy Perry and Lady Gaga will hopefully settle their not-really-a-feud feud with a dance showdown moderated by the robots from Daft Punk. Perhaps Justin Bieber will wear an exciting hat.

Anything could happen, and everything will. So let EW’s Adam Markovitz and Darren Franich guide you through an evening of pop cultural insanity. The pre-show starts on MTV at 8 p.m. ET, and join us at 9 p.m. when our livebloggers officially begin an evening of thoughtful cultural commentary and snide remarks about kooky music-fashion. See you there!