It’s been a big year for celebrity feuds — you remember the Kanye-Kim-Taylor drama triangle, right? — but those personalities won’t be in close contact this time around. (Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus likely won’t be there.) Instead, look out for pop music royalty (Beyoncé and Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj) as well as up-and-comers like Alessia Cara, Zara Larsson and West’s protégé, Desiigner. Make sure to keep an eye out for some cute celeb-to-celeb bonding.
Viewers might also spot the Olympics breakout stars, the Final Five gymnasts, who will attend and finally meet their bevy of famous fans. That’s guaranteed gold.
Who will win?
Thanks to her powerful Lemonade album, Queen Bey is nominated for 11 awards across four different songs. She’s all but guaranteed to take home the prize for the VMAs newest category, “Breakthrough Long Form Video.” (Frankly, we don’t know what a “breakthrough” is if it’s not Lemonade, with its rich cultural, artistic and historical references, and commentary on current issues like gender and race equality.)
That said, the Video Music Awards don’t always reward based on innovation or originality. So chart-topping hits from Bieber, Adele, and Drake are all still very much in the mix.
Adele follows Beyoncé in nomination count, with eight nods. Between the soulful strains of the ubiquitous “Hello” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” it’s likely the well-loved British songstress will pick up a Moonman or two. But most everything else is anyone’s guess.
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Fresh acts include R&B crooner Bryson Tiller, Swedish sensation Zara Larsson and Danish group Lukas Graham. As for the ultimate category winner, “Panda”‘s Desiigner and Joe Jonas’s band DNCE are responsible for some of the year’s most inescapable earworms.