The MTV Video Music Awards 2016 are fast-approaching. On Sunday evening, the biggest names in pop take over NYC’s Madison Square Gardens and television sets across the country to vie for the coveted Moonmen statues, but only a few have the honor of performing.
This year, the top of the bill is princess of pop, Britney Spears, who will be back in her rightful place on the VMA stage to perform for the first time in almost a decade. Will there be a snake? A risqué costume change? A kiss with Madonna? The possibilities are endless. All we know for sure is that it’ll be as memorable as always. As VMA executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic told EW, “It’s going to be something you’ve not seen her do before. It’s going to separate her from other performances.” She’ll also be joined on stage by “Make Me…” collaborator G-Eazy.
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj will be “Side to Side” to bring their collaboration from Grande’s third studio album, Dangerous Woman, to the masses. It’s not the first time the women have performed together at the VMAs. Back in 2014, Grande and Minaj opened the show with a mashup of their hits including “Break Free,” and “Anaconda.”
Upgraded from performing on the pre-show red carpet in 2015, Nick Jonas will also take to the stage for a rendition of his delicious single “Bacon” alongside Ty Dolla $ign. The “Jealous” singer shared his excitement on Twitter.
Creativity is everything.. So let’s keep creating art together.
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) August 17, 2016
If EDM is more your thing, DJ duo The Chainsmokers will perform their single “Closer” with Halsey coming along for the ride. They’re also nominated in the Best Electronic Video category for “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Then there’s Rihanna performing a medley of hits that highlight her career, as she accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (previous recipients include Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Justin Timberlake) and Future will be on stage for his first ever performance at the MTV awards show. The rapper announced his participation with a special video directed by Tom Gould.
But wait, there’s more! DJ Khaled will host the hour-long pre-show party with Alessia Cara, Jidenna and Lukas Graham slated to perform.
MTV has also announced that presenters for the evening’s festivities will include Kim Kardashian West, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Alicia Keys, Ansel Elgort, Bebe Rexha, Fifth Harmony, Jaden Smith, Rita Ora, Shameik Moore, and Tove Lo.
Several more acts will likely be announced in the days leading up to the big show. The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET.