about the show
Sunday, Aug 24
Location: Inglewood, California
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will broadcast live from the 'Fabulous' Forum in Southern California on Sunday, August 24. The biggest entertainers in the world have already called the legendary Forum arena home, and now it will host the biggest, loudest celebration of music ever. We couldn't be more stoked to land the legendary Moonman back in sunny California for what's sure to be a night for the history books.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Vocal powerhouse Jessie J is heading to the Forum to open the 2014 VMAs with a bangin' performance alongside Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. The beautiful and bad ass trio will perform their hit single "Bang, Bang" for the first time ever. There's no doubt they'll shut it down and leave us on our feet wanting more.
Prepare to swoon "Stay With Me" fans, because soulful singer-songwriter and British sensation Sam Smith is lending his ridiculously talented pipes to the VMA line-up, which will mark his U.S. award show performance debut. We can already tell that this Artist To Watch nominee is going to slay.
We've got a secret, can you keep it? 'Pretty Little Liars' star and rising country music singer Lucy Hale is hosting the 2014 VMAs live pre-show! Now that she's made her music career official, Lucy is the perfect choice. She'll be joined by VMA nominees Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony, who will serve up spectacular performances on the red carpet to get everyone pumped for the night.
Ms. Taylor Swift will have everyone seeing "red" this year when she rocks the VMAs with an explosive performance on the big stage! Will she top her iconic NYC taxi cab performance from 2009? How about when she closed out the show with her sassy smash "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in 2012? Make sure you tune in to see the country cutie do her thang.
International icon (and all-around flawless human being) Beyoncé is this year's Video Vanguard Award recipient! Leading the pack with a whopping eight VMA nominations for her landmark self-titled visual album that confirmed once and for all that she's the only person capable of waking up like that, it's no surprise that Beyoncé is totally taking over.
If that isn't exciting enough for you, we've got a boatload of incredible A-List talent delivering not-to-be-missed performances. 2014 breakout star Iggy Azalea is teaming up with fellow MTV Artist To Watch alum Rita Ora to shut down the VMAs with a wicked performance of their chart dominator "Black Widow." Hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj will perform her pounding new hit single 'Anaconda' for the first time. Maroon 5 plans to pop their VMA cherry when they perform live at the show for the first time EVER and make sure to catch global superstar Usher when he makes a triumphant return to the VMA stage where he's delivered some of the most memorable performances in VMA history. That's not all -- MTV Artist to Watch and VMA newbies 5 Seconds of Summer will rock the stage and pint-sized pop superstar Ariana Grande will perform her single "Break Free" in her first appearance on the VMA main stage.
With superstars like Queen Bey, Eminem and Iggy Azalea leading the nominations this year, the competition for Moonman domination has been exceptionally fierce. Though most categories are now closed, be sure to cast your vote for the Artist To Watch category, which will be remain open into the live show. Those VMA newbies need your help! On top of that, our brand spankin' new category for Best Lyric Video has been unleashed upon the social stratosphere! Vote for your favorite visual vid by using specially designated hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Vine and stuff those virtual ballot boxes.
Can't wait till August? Let's relive some of the greatest hits from last year's show! Who could forget the major *NSYNC reunion or ::gasp:: Miley's twerkified performance from last year? Our KAWS-ified arena was filled to the brim, and the 2013 VMAs opened with a Lady Gaga performance worthy of some major "Applause." Shortly after, Robin Thicke, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar got the audience wildin' out before Macklemore and Ryan Lewis graciously accepted the award for Best Hip-Hop Video from Iggy Azalea and Lil' Kim. Justin Timberlake closed out his epic VMA night with the Moonman for Video Of The Year and Katy Perry took us home with a killer rendition of her hit 'Roar' live from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
Not sure how we'll top the 2013 event? Keep checking back here for updates.