About the show

Get your metro card ready because the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are returning to Radio City Music Hall in New York City. We can hardly wait until August 20th for all the explosive performances, unexpected celebrity appearances, and surprises in store. Everything might happen!

The VMAs red carpet Pre-Show will kick things off outside of Radio City at 8p where the Backstreet Boys, Bazzi and Bryce Vine will perform live. Did we mention that global superstar Jennifer Lopez is our Video Vanguard Honoree? The Bronx native will be accepting her award and showcasing some of her greatest hits?! Logic, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Ryan Tedder, Post Malone, Travis Scott and Panic! At The Disco are all set to hit the stage. The secret is out! Nicki Minaj will also slay us with an iconic New York performance. Additionally, Jessie Reyez, PrettyMuch, Hayley Kiyoko, Juice WRLD and current PUSH artist, Bazzi, will perform on the first-ever VMAs PUSH Artist Stage.

Who knows what else might happen! Until then, let’s kick back and revisit last year’s show. Kendrick Lamar's fiery medley of "DNA." and "HUMBLE." where he LITERALLY set the stage ablaze, had everyone singing along as he opened the show. Then Katy Perry arrived to host in a space suit floating in the air. The ladies of Fifth Harmony showered the stage with an epic performance of "Down" and "Angel" featuring Gucci Mane, and Normani Kordei's jaw dropping split. Miley Cyrus, a hosting alum, performed "Younger Now", taking on a whole new look and sound which made for the perfect VMA comeback. Later that night, Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid sang their emotional suicide prevention anthem on stage and brought awareness to issues of mental health as well as the fight for equality. There were also show-stopping performances from Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, DNCE, Rod Stewart, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Shawn Mendes, Gucci Mane, Julia Michaels, Alessia Cara and KYLE. Video Vanguard P!nk completely transformed the VMA stage with a medley of her biggest hits, then accepted her award with a powerful speech about individuality and self-acceptance inspired by her daughter Willow, reminding those watching to be their true selves. Stay tuned for more announcements about this year’s show!