The 30th Annual MTV Video Music Awards will be held Sunday night, August 25, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, live at 9pm Eastern. It will be the first time the VMAs are held in a New York venue outside of Manhattan.
Justin Timberlake leads with six nominations — two for “Suit & Tie,” and four for “Mirrors” including Video of the Year — and is also among the scheduled performers. But even if the singer is blanked in competitive categories, he is guaranteed to take to the stage to accept at least one prize: the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Video Vanguard, presented to artists who have had a strong impact on MTV culture, has previously been awarded to artists such as Madonna, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and U2. This year it will be presented to Timberlake by comedian Jimmy Fallon.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who also lead nominations with six, will perform one of their nominated songs on the telecast: “Same Love,” a pro-gay marriage anthem that is nominated for Best Social Message Video. They also received four nominations for “Can’t Hold Us” and a Video of the Year bid for “Thrift Shop.”
But it will be Lady Gaga who opens the show, performing her recently debuted single, “Applause,” from her upcoming album “Artpop.” Gaga has no nominations at this year’s event, but in 2010 her “Bad Romance” became the second most awarded video in VMA history with seven wins — Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer” still holds the record, winning nine in 1987.
Before the August 25 telecast, make sure to predict the winners, starting below.