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Is Taylor Swift Skipping the MTV Video Music Awards?

by Rachel Maresca 9:01 AM PDT, August 25, 2016
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Viewers of this year's MTV Video Music Awards may not see a very familiar face.

It was learned last month that Taylor Swift was not nominated for a "Moonman" at the 2016 VMAs… and no, it isn't a mistake.

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Though Swift scored 10 nods in 2015 for her hit album, 1989, most of her music was not eligible this time around.

However, she did come out with videos for "Wildest Dreams," "Out of the Woods" and "New Romantics” within the nomination cut-off.

The looming absence of the 26-year-old superstar is sure to leave a void in the broadcast as Swift has attended seven out of the last eight awards shows, only skipping in 2011.

While it hasn't been confirmed if the six-time VMA winner will be a part of the show either as a performer or a presenter, she was spotted out and about in New York City (where the event is being held this weekend) on Wednesday, so there is still hope for a Swift cameo!

If Tay turns out to be a no-show, take a look at what she could be missing on Sunday night:

Potential Run-ins With Kanye West or Ex-Boyfriend Calvin Harris

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West and Harris certainly have something to celebrate at this year's show -- the 39-year-old rapper was nominated for "Video of the Year" and "Best Male Video" while Harris has been recognized for his work on "How Deep Is Your Love" and "This Is What You Came For," a song actually penned by Swift. The former couple split in June, and what started off as an amicable breakup, turned into the DJ calling out his former love as "hurtful" and accusing her of trying to "bury" him.

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As far as West is concerned, he and Swift have been involved in an on-again, off-again feud since the stage interruption seen 'round the world exactly seven years ago at the 2009 VMAs. The duo briefly put their beef behind them before West name- dropped the songstress in his lyrics for the track, "Famous." Swift denied she approved the rap and things began to unravel from there.

In July, West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, who was just announced as a VMA presenter, released snippets of a phone conversation, where Swift can be heard seemingly giving West the go-ahead. She quickly took to social media to defend herself. "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that b**ch' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened," she claimed at the time.

Britney Spears’ Return to the Stage After 9 Years

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This could be Swift's chance to have a more memorable meeting with Britney Spears! The 34-year-old pop princess recently claimed in an interview that she "never met" the "Wildest Dreams” singer but the two actually posed for a snap together at Swift's very first VMA appearance in 2008. Brit is set to take the stage on Sunday for the first time since her 2007 performance of “Gimme More."

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Partying With One of Her Besties

This is what you came for. @gigihadid @lilyaldridge

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Swift may not make it, but a member of her squad is likely to walk the carpet -- Gigi Hadid. Her boyfriend Zayn Malik's "Pillowtalk" music video (starring Gigi) was nominated for "Best Visual Effects." It could be a family affair for the Hadids as Gigi’s younger sis, Bella, may be on hand to support her man, The Weeknd, who also scored two noms.

Rihanna Receiving the Video Vanguard Award

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RiRi is slated for one of the night's biggest moments -- the presentation of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Swift, who, at first, silently collaborated with Rihanna and ex-boyfriend Harris on "This Is What You Came For," under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg, could miss seeing the "Work” singer honored with the VMAs' most prestigious honor.

The VMAs airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET live from New York's Madison Square Garden on MTV.  For more on the show, watch below:

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