VMAs 2014 FAQ: Where to watch the show, red carpet details, and who’s performing


Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. The trio will kick off Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards with their new song “Bang Bang.” (Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision via Associated Press)

Maybe this is all some people want to know:

Those nine chilling words (“Miley Cyrus will attend the VMAs on Sunday night”) might strike fear in the hearts of those who still aren’t over the cascade of coverage from the pop star’s raunchy MTV Video Music Award performance with Robin Thicke last year. The one that launched the phrase “twerking” into the mainstream pop culture sphere and catapulted Miley to new levels of stardom.

But don’t worry — there’s lots going on this year, including performers who are hoping for their very own “Miley Moment” to capture the national conversation.

Here’s all the info about when and where to watch the show:

Where can I watch the VMAs?

The Video Music Awards air Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. on MTV. (You can also watch on MTV2 or Logo.)

When are the VMAs over?

They’re scheduled to end at 11:30 p.m. The networks will air a re-broadcast immediately after the show ends, just in case you missed a minute the first time.

Who is performing?

Pretty much everybody you can think of. Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande will open the show with their new song “Bang Bang.” Also slated to perform: Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5 and Sam Smith. (Grande and Minaj will probably perform other songs, as well.)

Beyoncé’s showing up?

She is indeed — with the most nominations, too. She’s also being honored with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” because, according to MTV, she’s an international icon.

Is there a pre-show? I must see the fashion.

Oh, you really should. The red carpet pre-show, hosted by “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale, kicks off at 8 p.m. on MTV. The hour-long telecast also features performances by Fifth Harmony and Charli XCX.

Look out for best friends Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, who will be in the mix doing something related to social media. And a warning: Teen sensation Austin Mahone will arrive on the red carpet in a really crazy way thanks to a #DareAustin challenge, as if anything could top Lady Gaga’s egg.

Who is nominated?

This is one of the few award shows where no one really cares about the winners — for the record, Beyoncé leads the pack with eight nominations, while Eminem and Iggy Azalea are in second place with seven each. Here is the full list, starting with the biggest prize of the night:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP:
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Childish Gambino – “3005″
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST MALE:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
John Legend – “All Of Me”
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams – “Sing”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST FEMALE:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Lorde – “Royals”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

BEST POP:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK:
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Lorde – “Royals”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
5 Seconds of Summer -”She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

BEST COLLABORATION:
Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – “Timber”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Martin Garrix – “Animal”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Angel Haze ft. Sia – “Battle Cry”
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko – “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Gesaffelstein – “Hate or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING
Eminem – “Rap God”
MGMT – “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia – “Chandelier”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza – “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s on the Wall”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Tyler, rhe Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s on the Wall”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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