[artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] is not only going head to head with [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] for Video Music Awards nominations this year; the dueling divas are also both hitting the stage to perform at the September 13 show.
Beyoncé — who will sing her song "Sweet Dreams" at the live awards show — will add the glitz and glamour she's always brought to the VMA stage over the years, whether she was performing, presenting or taking home a Moonman. And the other ladies performing this year, like Gaga, Taylor Swift and Pink, can probably take a few cues from B.
She definitely stepped it up a notch in 2003, when she took the stage with Bun B and now-husband Jay-Z for the Bollywood-inspired mash-up performance of her hits "Baby Boy" and "Crazy in Love."
In 2006, she descended from the ceiling to perform "Ring the Alarm." The rock-inspired, prison-break-themed performance had Beyoncé stripping out of her trench coat and baring her body in über-sexy pleather hot pants, a corset and knee-high boots.
B has also put in time at the VMAs as a presenter and winner. In 2001, Beyoncé hit the VMA stage along with Destiny's Child to collect the Best R&B Video trophy for "Survivor." Beyoncé has won six Moonmen over the span of her career and has been nominated 25 times.
There's no telling what could happen this year, considering she's up for a slew of awards, including Video of the Year for her much-duplicated "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" video. And considering she's always been fearless when it comes to her look and concept for past VMAs, anything goes for this year's performance — especially if she has to compete with Lady Gaga.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will take place September 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional celebrity presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. To be the first to find out the inside scoop, follow the Inside MTV Twitter account at Twitter.com/InsideMTV.