VMAs: Highlights for This Year’s Show

The VMAs have long been called “the Superbowl of the youth” and we’re all looking forward to seeing how the show goes down this year. MTV has been shaping popular culture since it launched in 1981; I’m sure we all remember dancing along to music videos in our living rooms decades before popping out the same moves in clubs and bars. 2014 marks 30 years of the VMAs, and the controversy surrounding last year’s performance by Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus means there’ll be more people tuning in than ever. This year is set to be totally different to last year’s show which has been marred by Thicke’s misogyny and has led to questions about messages in pop songs and how they affect youth.

This year’s tagline seems to be “Bow down to Bey”, and with eight nominations for three videos (“Pretty Hurts,” “Partition,” and “Drunk in Love”), Beyoncé is sure to be smiling at the end of the night. Most exciting of all is the news that she will accept the Video Vanguard Award honoring her for her ability to consistently push the envelope with music videos! This year, she took us all by surprise and launched an entire album through music videos, which broke records for the fastest selling album ever on ITunes. Just goes to show what innovation Bey always brings to the table as she continues to be one of the most successful women in the music industry. There are also rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion as both Kelly and Michelle are to be seated in the second row. Fingers crossed a rendition of “Survivor” will be on the cards!

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Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J selfie (source: mtv.com)

The show will kick off with the incredibly catchy “Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony during the pre-show red carpet before Jessie J, Arianna Grande, and Nicki Minaj open the show with “Bang Bang”. The music video for “Bang Bang” will be released during the show, and from the teasers leaked online, we can tell it will be a smash.

Iggy Azalea is continuing her rule of the airwaves with seven nominations, including for everyone’s favorite Clueless homage, “Fancy,” which is nominated for Video of the Year. Iggy will be performing her track “Black Widow” with Rita Ora which looks set to be a showstopper if the Kill Bill themed video is anything to go by.

The VMAs have launched a new category this year, Best Lyric Video, which has Demi Lovato nominated for “Really Don’t Care,” and Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea for “Problem,” as well as Katy Perry for “Birthday,” Austin Mahone, and 5SOS.

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Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video

Taylor Swift will also be performing, marking her recent foray into pop music and the impending release of her new album 1989 (due out in fall). Her first track “Shake It Off” is already making waves with her trying to convince us in her music video that she’s just as awkward as the rest of us. Ariana Grande will perform “Break Free” and watch out for Nicki Minaj’s performance “Anaconda” which looks set to be this year’s twerktastic stage show.

So grab the popcorn and settle in for a night of surprises and catchy tunes from some of our favorite female pop stars who all look on track to be getting some of the recognition they deserve! The VMAs take place tomorrow (August 24) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Title image source: music-mix.ew.com

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