Even though I haven’t seen a video on MTV in years, the annual Video Music Awards continue to be one of the biggest nights in music, drawing some of today’s most popular celebs – both musicians and not. While Michael Phelps, The Final Five, Jimmy Fallon, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kim Kardashian West, Alicia Keys, Ansel Elgort, Fifth Harmony, Jaden Smith, Tove Lo, Rita Ora, and Bebe Rexha will all take the stage this year to hand out Moonmen, the focus will be, as it always is, on the VMA performances, which are always some of the most talked about of the year. Remember when Britney kissed Madonna? How about when Miley grinded on Robin Thicke? Or when Beyoncé debuted her Blue Ivy baby bump? Anything can happen during the VMAs, and with this year’s group of performers, there’s sure to be at least one “did you see that?” moment.
Britney Spears (feat. G-Eazy)
I put G-Eazy in parentheses because no one cares. At this VMAs (as it was in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and even the trainwreck that was 2007), all eyes will be on Britney. I won’t go too much into why Ms. Spears’ performance is important – but let’s just say she’s 97% of why I’m going to be tuning in on Sunday.
The Chainsmokers & Halsey
After Brit-Brit, this is the performance I’m most excited about. I don’t particularly care for EDM, but I am simply obsessed with this song, which the DJ duo and Halsey will be performing.
Plus, it would seem that Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has a sense of humor, as evidenced by this video, in which he gamely participated in the worst interview ever…a trait that automatically makes him hot.
Rihanna will accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by performing a medley of her hits, which means you can see her perform without having to wait hours for her to take the stage, like at one of her concerts. Among the songs I hope she performs: “All of the Lights,” “Break It Off,” “Disturbia,” “Hate That I Love You,” “Live Your Life,” “Love The Way You Lie,” “Pon de Replay,” “Rude Boy,” “Shut Up and Drive,” “Take A Bow,” and “Umbrella.”
Songs I hope I don’t hear: “Birthday Cake” and “Work.” Not because I don’t like them, but because if she sings them, I’ll be walking around all day Monday going “cake, cake, cake, cake, cake” alternated with “work, work, work, work, work.”
I can’t say that I’m super familiar with Future (aside from that he’s Ciara’s baby daddy) but this video he made to announce his performance makes me think his time on stage will be can’t miss.
Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Confession: despite the fact that I like all of her songs, Ariana Grande as a person annoys the crap out of me. So I’ll probably take a snack/bathroom break while she and Nicki perform “Side to Side,” but I’m probably in the minority.
Nick Jonas & Ty Dolla $ign
Nick Jonas is so hot, I’d watch him sit on a stage and read a phone book. But this is even better – he’s going to perform a song named after one of my favorite things, “Bacon.” Yes, I know the song’s not actually about bacon, but I don’t care – either way, I’m in.
Plus, if you’ve got an extra hour to kill on Sunday, there will be an hour long pre-show at 8PM EST hosted by DJ Khalad that has Alessia Cara, Jidenna and Lukas Graham slated to perform. Although it’s expected that MTV will announce even more performers as we get closer to Sunday, do you really care? Everyone knows it’s all about Britney, bitch..
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