The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are almost upon us. As always, there’s a lot of info to take in about this year’s ceremony before it airs on Sunday, August 28, at 9e/6p, so we’ve collected everything there is to know about the show in one place.
Keep an eye on this space for more info as it comes up.
Kanye West Will Attend
Last year’s Video Vanguard, Kanye West, is confirmed to attend the 2016 VMAs. He’ll return with his wife Kim Kardashian West, who will present an award during the show.
Jimmy Fallon, Michael Phelps, The Final Five, And More Will Present Awards
The lineup of VMA performers makes the show a must-see, but you’ll want to tune in for the headline-grabbing presenters too. Olympian Michael Phelps and gold-winning Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman are all confirmed to present. Jimmy Fallon, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kim Kardashian West, Alicia Keys, Ansel Elgort, Fifth Harmony, Jaden Smith, Tove Lo, Rita Ora, Shameik Moore, and Bebe Rexha will also be handing out Moonmen on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Jay Pharoah and “Girl Code”‘s Nicole Byer will team up with pre-show host DJ Khaled for main show correspondent duties.
The Chainsmokers (And Halsey!) Will Perform At The 2016 VMAs
Your favorite EDM duo will perform their hit single “Closer” with your favorite up-and-coming pop singer. The Chainsmokers are coming to the VMAs, and they’re bringing Halsey along with them. Their video for “Don’t Let Me Down” is also nominated this year for Best Electronic Video.
There’s No Host This Year, But A Ton Of Celebs Will Be Covering The Action
In lieu of a single host, the 2016 VMAs are bringing personalities like Key and Peele to the red carpet. They’ll be joined by comedians Jay Pharoah and Nicole Byer, while DJ Khaled will host the pre-show and report live from MSG’s skybox.
Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj: Side By Side At The VMAs
Ariana Grande will join the party at the 2016 VMAs, and she’s bringing an extra special — and familiar — guest with her. Three months after releasing her third album, Dangerous Woman, Grande will perform her track “Side to Side” with rapper and VMA veteran Nicki Minaj. Grande announced her performance via a colorful video about her creative process, featuring illustrator Hattie Stewart.
Kim Kardashian, Fifth Harmony, And More Will Present Awards
The lineup of VMA performers makes the show a must-see, but you’ll want to tune in for the headline-grabbing presenters too. Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kim Kardashian West, Alicia Keys, Ansel Elgort, Fifth Harmony, Jaden Smith, Tove Lo, Rita Ora, Shameik Moore, and Bebe Rexha will all be handing out Moonmen on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Jay Pharoah and “Girl Code”‘s Nicole Byer will team up with pre-show host DJ Khaled for main show correspondent duties.
DJ Khaled Is Bringing His Wisdom To The Pre-Show
They didn’t want him on the VMAs red carpet, but that’s never stopped DJ Khaled before. The producer, gardener, and Snapchat expert will bring his timeless wisdom to the VMA pre-show this year. “It’s the greatest show on earth,” Khaled proclaimed in a video spot announcing his appearance. Alessia Cara, Jidenna and Lukas Graham will perform during the hour-long pre-show festivities.
After he hosts the pre-show — with help from MTV2’s Charlamagne Tha God and rapper Lizzo — Khaled will stay on as a correspondent throughout the VMAs. To celebrate, he remixed this year’s theme song, “Do Your Thing” by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
Future Will Perform At The VMAs For The First Time
It’s still summer in NYC, and that can only mean one thing: MTV News cover star Future will take a break from the Summer Sixteen Tour with Drake to stop by Madison Square Garden. It’ll be the Atlanta rapper’s first time on the VMAs stage, and he announced the performance with a video by director Tom Gould.
Nick Jonas and Ty Dolla $ign Will Perform ‘Bacon’
Fresh off his new album Last Year Was Complicated, Nick Jonas will bring some sizzle to the 2016 VMAs with a performance of his single “Bacon.” He’ll be joined by Ty Dolla $ign, who’ll do his guest verse live. Jonas announced his performance via a new video teaser made by Brooklyn-based motion graphics artist Zolloc.
Britney Spears Will Perform With G-Eazy
Fifteen years after she wowed us with her iconic “Slave 4 U” performance (and scandalized America by kissing Madonna), 2011 Video Vanguard Britney Spears is back at the 2016 VMAs. She’ll be joined by rapper G-Eazy for the live premiere of her new single “Make Me…” That snake she wore like a scarf in 2001 is back, too — you can see her slithering around Brit’s dressing room in the VMAs’ latest spot, directed by experimental filmmaking duo Radical Friend.
Rihanna Will Receive The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — And Perform At The VMAs
— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 11, 2016
The VMAs are coming up fast, and MTV has already decided to bestow one honour on an incredibly deserving artist. Rihanna will be the recipient of 2016’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, joining Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and Beyoncé on the long list of honourees. She’ll also perform at this year’s ceremony at Madison Square Garden.
The Moonman Comes To Life In The VMAs’ First TV Spot
Ever wondered what it would look like if that statue could walk across the stage of Madison Square Garden? Well, you don’t have to wonder any longer, thanks to the directorial talents of Anthony Mandler (and that’s Swizz Beatz you hear on the voiceover).
Beyoncé Leads The List Of Nominees With 11 Noms — A New Career Best
Adele comes in second with eight nominations, and Justin Bieber, Drake, Rihanna, and more are all in the running, too.
There’s A New Category This Year: “Breakthrough Long Form Video”
So many artists are doing amazing things with multipart music video series (like Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Justin Bieber’s Purpose: The Movement) that there’s now a whole new category for them.
The VMAs Will Be Hosted At Madison Square Garden For The First Time Ever
Though the awards ceremony has taken place in New York City several times since its inaugural 1984 broadcast, the 2016 VMAs will mark the first time MTV hands out Moonmen at MSG.
The 2016 VMAs Will Air Live On Sunday, August 28 At 9e/6p
Tune in to see who takes home their very own Moonmen this year.