FILE - In this May 22, 2016 file photo, Britney Spears performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. Spears will return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage to perform her new single, “Make Me...,” at the Aug. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York. She last performed at the 2007 VMAs. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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Hold on to your streaming device, the VMAs are only hours away.
For the terminally hip and fatally cool among us (which you are not if you call yourself that, so …) it’s the equivalent of Christmas, the feud between Kanye and Taylor and a new drop from Queen Bey, herself, all right there on Spotify.
Much of the talk in the run-up to MTV's annual award ceremony/fight is centering on Britney Spears and her next “comeback.” The last one on the 2007 show didn’t go over so well, but Spears is in a better place now (her words). Add to that, the incredible coincidence that she released a new album (“Glory”) on Friday and you can expect something good.
Beyonce may get tired going up and down the steps to receive awards – she’s nominated for 11 this year. And, hello, British singer Adele is up for eight awards.
There is no host, but a couple of comedians will keep the night rolling, Rihanna is being honored with the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award -- at 28.
Here’s the particulars of Sunday’s show.
What time is the show?
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET; a pre-show beginning at 8 p.m. ET hosted by DJ Khaled, and the main event at 9 p.m. ET.
Where can I watch it on TV?
The show airs live on MTV from Madison Square Garden (there is a tape delay for the West Coast, so it airs at 9 p.m. local time there.) You can watch the show on the MTV and MTV 2 networks. Check with your local TV provider for channel numbers.
There is no host, per se, but comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are being called the masters of ceremonies. They will give a running commentary on the show as their alter egos, The Shamester and Lizard Sheeple.
Who will be handing out the little Moonman trophies?
All kinds of folks are set to hand out the awards. Alecia Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jaden Smith, Shameik Moore, Fifth Harmony, Tove Lo and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few. Also, the Final Five – the 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic team – along with Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, have been asked to present awards.
Who is scheduled to perform?
It will be a treat for music fans, as Spears, Rihanna – who is being awarded the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award – Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, the rapper Future, Nick Jonas, The Chainsmokers along with Halsey and Ty Dolla $ign are all expected to perform. And, if history teaches us anything, we can expect a surprise performance by Beyonce. At least that’s the rumor.
It seems like this section of the show, if there is one, could last as long as the awards ceremony. We’ve lost a lot of incredible talent this year – David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey among them.
Do I need to prep?
The show is not going to watch itself. It’s always good to be prepared. Watch these videos so you can impress your friends with comments like, “Her emotional range is incredible,” or “He’s really grown vocally since the incident with the pet monkey.”
At this event, that’s a tough one, but odds are it will somehow be connected to Kanye West. West, in addition to potentially grabbing the mic from any number of people, has been given 4 minutes of “free” stage time to do with as he pleases. What could go wrong with that?
As we said earlier, there is a lot of buzz around Britney Spears’ and Rihanna’s performances.
How can I participate in the show?
Other than playing air guitar or singing into your hairbrush in front of a mirror, there’s only one way – by voting. You still have time to vote for the “Best New Artist.” Remember, they are our future. Click here to vote.