MTV VMAs 101: Everything You Need to Know About Sunday's Show


Has it already been a year since Miley Cyrus' twerk-gate?!

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will get underway on Sunday, August 24, with the year's most buzzed-about artists all hoping to out-do each other. Will Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" shock audiences? No doubt. Will Usher bring his best dance moves? Certainly. Will Taylor Swift make a dig at one of her exes? Probably. Will Beyonce make a bold statement on stage? We sure hope so.

ET Online is breaking down everything you need to know about music's wildest awards show, from the performers to the presenters and the possible winners.

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Jessie J
, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj will open the show with “Bang Bang.”

Nicki will return to the stage to perform her racy single “Anaconda.” Everyone (especially the Parents Television Council) is on edge wondering if it'll be like her very NSFW music video.

Ariana will also perform solo, singing "Break Free." She tells ET the performance will mirror her very sci-fi video.

will obviously perform as she is receiving the biggest honor of the night, the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. We're hearing she is planning a medley of her entire self-titled visual album

Maroon 5
will make their VMA performance debut, as will 5 Seconds of Summer.

Iggy Azalea
and Rita Ora will team up for a performance “Black Widow.” Rather than going full on Kill Bill-themed like the music video, sources say Iggy will be rocking a tutu for a ballet-inspired performance.

returns to the VMA stage for the first time since 2010.

Taylor Swift
will “Shake It Off” on stage where she is expected to recreate all the quirky dancing from her video.

Sam Smith
will make his U.S. award show debut with his performance. Given his impressive vocals on "Stay With Me," we're guessing this will be his Adele moment.

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Among those doling out Moonmen are Gwen Stefani, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Lorde, Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Dylan O’Brien, Nina Dobrev, Jason DeRulo and Trey Songz.


Beyonce is this year's top nominated artist, up for seven Moonmen.
Other standout nominees include Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Sam Smith, Sia, Zedd, Avicii, Pitbull, Jason DeRulo and Hayley Williams.
More on the nominees here.


The 2014 Video Music Awards air live on August 24 on MTV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. They will be held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

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