MTV's Video Music Awards has had its share of controversial moments over the years, and this year's cast of attendees makes for another year full of surprises. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

Where can I watch the VMAs?

The Video Music Awards air Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. on MTV. (You can also watch on VH1, BET, TVLand or Comedy Central.) The show isn’t available online, but you can watch this livestream for behind-the-scenes and audience shots.

When are the VMAs over?

The show is scheduled to end at 11:15 p.m., followed immediately by another rebroadcast.

Who’s the host?

MTV just can’t quit Miley Cyrus, who will be hosting the award show since she’s not allowed to perform.

Who’s performing?

Nicki Minaj — who opened the show last year with a wardrobe malfunction — is taking the stage first again, this time after she publicly criticized MTV for the lack of nominations for her “Anaconda” video.

Other performers include Justin Bieber; Pharrell Williams; Demi Lovato; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; Tori Kelly; A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd.

[Taylor Swift nominations, Miley Cyrus as host: MTV isn’t taking any chances with the VMAs this year]

What about Taylor Swift?

Oh yes, Swift will be in attendance — she has nine nominations after all, the most of anyone. While she’s not scheduled to perform, she will debut her new music video for “Wildest Dreams” during the pre-show.

What pre-show?

The red carpet special, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, Sway and the stars of “Girl Code,” kicks off at 8 p.m., where you’ll want to tune in to see some very special fashion choices and see Nick Jonas and Walk the Moon perform.

Kanye West arrives at the CFDA Fashion awards at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City in this June 6, 2011, file photo. West was placed on a two-year probation on March 17, 2014 and ordered to complete community service and anger management sessions after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges stemming from an altercation with a photographer last year, a court spokeswoman said. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW) Kanye West will take the stage. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Will Kanye West be there?

But of course! He’s getting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, so that means we’ll also see a speech.

Anyone else showing up?

Britney Spears! MTV is very excited about this, even though she’s only presenting. She’s one of many: Rebel Wilson, Serayah, Ne-Yo, Jussie Smollett, Emily Ratajowski, Kylie Jenner, Rita Ora, John Legend, Miguel and O’Shea Jackson  are also slated to present.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

BEST ART DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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