Sunday, August 30th brings the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards. This year the host is the one and only Miley Cyrus. After her controversial performance at the awards in 2013, Cyrus has been seen in the media for her album Bangerz, for her part in the currVMA 5ent “free the nipple” movement, and everything in between. She announced five weeks ago via Instagram that she would be hosting with a photo that stated “MTV won’t let me perform, so I’m hosting this year’s VMAs.” I’m sure we’re all looking forward to what she’ll bring to the show.

Nick Jonas and Walk the Moon are the performers of the pre-show, which will also include the debut of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” music video. The main show will feature performances by Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Tori Kelly, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, and Twenty One Pilots ASAP Rocky.  The only award recipient that viewers know before the show is the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, renamed after Michael Jackson in 1991. Last year the award went to Beyoncé, which was presented to her by her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy. This year the award will go to Kanye West. Maybe baby North will be there to give her dad the award.

Lots of artists are up for awards, but Taylor Swift has the most nominations (10) under her belt with Ed Sheeran behind her (6). The category I’m most excited for is Song of the Summer. There have been a lot of songs clogging up the air waves over the past few months, but only twelve are up for the award. My vote goes towards OMI’s “Cheerleader.” I like most of the other songs, but I recently learned that “Cheerleader” has been eight years in the making. It was turned down when OMI first brought it to his label and wasn’t produced until his real life cheerleader gave the song to a friend of hers. They added new music to the background and labeled it a remix. It’s been played on the radio ever since. Others in the category include Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer,” 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She’s Kinda Hot,” TSwift’s “Bad Blood,” and Major Lazer’s “Lean On.”

Tune in August 30th at 9pm eastern time to see which of your favorite artists win and what Miley will bring to the stage.

Author: Erin.W ~ Contributing editor