“It was a crazy night in general for a lot of reasons,” Taylor Swift tells MTV of her first performance at the Video Music Awards in 2009. Three years later, the pop star is headed back into the celeb-filled madness and will take the stage at the VMAs on Thursday, September 6 to bust out the first-ever live performance of a new tune from her upcoming album, Red.
In addition to Swift’s surefire crowd-pleaser, we can also reveal the first batch of can’t-miss presenters: Best Pop Video nominee Wiz Khalifa, singing/acting megastar Miley Cyrus, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller and Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross, a.k.a. the Fierce Five. Be on the lookout for more presenters to be announced in the coming weeks!
Swift’s Red album drops October 22. The first single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” is already climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and is on track to break sales and download records.
“When I was coming up with the name for this album, it seemed crazy because it was really simple,” Swift said. “I wrote a song called ’Red,’ and thinking about what that song means to me and all the different emotions on this album they’re all pretty much about the tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships I’ve experienced in the last two years and all those emotions fanning from intense love, intense frustration, intense jealousy, confusion, all of that in my mind, all those emotions are red. There’s nothing in between, there’s nothing beige about those feelings and so I called my record that.”
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Head to VMA.MTV.com now through August 24 to vote for your favorites, or text BNA to 22444 to vote for Best New Artist all the way through the show!