Deepa Lakshmin, MTV.COM
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Brush off your space suit, because the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are about to enter Earth’s atmosphere. The annual show honors the songs and videos that soundtrack your life, plus the talented artists who make the magic happen. Who will take home a coveted Moon Person trophy this year? Find out Sunday, August 27, when the VMAs land at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The TV broadcast blasts off at 8e/5p.

Here’s everything else you need to know, and check back for more updates as we get closer to the big night. See you soon!

Kendrick Lamar is storming the stage.

Attention, ladies and gentlemen and aliens that may or may not exist on another planet! Kendrick Lamar is officially performing at the VMAs, so make sure you get your spaceships to Earth on time. You don’t want to miss this.

Say hello to your host, Katy Perry.

The Witness singer will wow all you earthlings as VMA host — and as a performer. To prepare, she trained in zero gravity and ate a lot of astronaut ice cream. Judging from her “E.T.” music video, she’s more than ready to conquer the galaxies.

Bleachers, Khalid, and Cardi B kick off the pre-show.

The action begins on the red carpet, where Bleachers, Khalid, and Cardi B will be performing at the VMA pre-show one hour before the show. Host Lil Yachty and MTV’s Terrence J, Charlamagne Tha God, and Gaby Wilson chat with your faves.


The nominations are here.

Will Kendrick Lamar stay “HUMBLE.” with his whopping eight nominations? And what’ll happen when he goes head-to-head against Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Lorde for Artist of the Year? See the full list of nominees here.

Plus, two new categories will shake things up.

Artist of the Year and Best Fight Against the System are two brand-spankin’-new categories. Following the historic example set by the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the VMAs are also ditching gendered categories like Best Male Video and Best Female Video.


Expect out-of-this-world performances from Miley Cyrus, Lorde, and The Weeknd.

  • This year’s show includes performances from Miley Cyrus, Lorde, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. The VMAs must be the most star-studded space camp in existence.

    The party continues with Gucci Mane, Logic, Khalid, and more.

    The impressive lineup just keeps growing and growing. Prepare your eyes and ears for performances from Logic, Khalid, and breakout artists Post Malone and Julia Michaels. Gucci Mane will also be on hand to assist 5H with “Down,” which is up for Best Pop and Best Choreography.

    Raise your glass to P!nk, your Video Vanguard winner.

    P!nk will take home the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, one of the night’s most prestigious honors. She got the party started over 15 years ago and continues to churn out hit songs today. Get stoked for a special performance of “What About Us,” her new single off her upcoming seventh album, due out October 13.

The 2017 VMAs touch down at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, August 27 at 8e/5p. See the full list of nominees here.