The MTV Video Music Awards are always good fun and have given us plenty of memorable moments over the past years, from Kanye West upstaging Taylor Swift’s win to Lady Gaga’s unforgettable meat dress. The VMAs are taking place this weekend so let’s take a look at what we can expect, from the performances to the tributes and sneak peek.
Performances: Lady Gaga is scheduled to open the show — previous stars who have set the tone for the night include Eminem and Rihanna, and Madonna with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. We can also expect performances from Beyoncé, Adele, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Jessie J, Ne-Yo and Pitbull.
Presenters: Taylor Lautner, who has just been in Australia to promote Abduction, will take to the stage, as will Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Joe Jonas, Jared Leto and Nicki Minaj.
Host: This year there won’t be a host! But it’s worked for the VMAs before — the show went host-less in 2004 and 2007.
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Tributes: There will be a tribute to pop icon Britney Spears, with several stars singing some of her greatest hits. (Apparently Selena Gomez will sing “. . . Baby One More Time,” Katy Perry will sing “Oops! . . . I Did It Again,” Janet Jackson will sing “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Demi Lovato will sing “Toxic,” Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj will sing “Gimme More,” Lady Gaga will sing “Circus,” and Britney will perform “Hold It Against Me/I Wanna Go.”)
Jazz singer Tony Bennett will also pay homage to the late Amy Winehouse. He recorded a duet with her in March, “Body and Soul,” and it was reportedly her last time in the recording studio. His performance at the VMAs is said to feature video footage from that session.
Sneak peek: The VMAs have previously given fans their first look at footage from films like the Twilight movies. This year we’ll be treated to an exciting sneak peek of The Hunger Games.
Are you excited for the Video Music Awards? We’ll be covering the event as it happens, and the VMAs will air live from LA’s Nokia Theatre on MTV Australia (Channel 124) on Monday, August 29, at 10 a.m.