According to Time Magazine, this is the moment for the Britney Spears comeback. Her new album, Glory, is out and she’ll perform her lead single, “Make Me,” on Sunday night. Brit has a fraught history with the VMAs. MTV helped launch her to superstardom in the late 1990s, and gave her a stage on which to strut with a snake draped over her shoulders in 2001. Then there was the infamous Madonna makeout in 2003 and a lackluster performance in 2007. It’s now been ten years since she’s graced this stage with a song. With a few seasons of Vegas shows under her belt, however, Britney just might be back.
We’ll also get treated to a special Rihanna performance. The superstar has won Video of the Year twice before, and has three noms again this year. Plus, she’s being honored with the Video Vanguard Award, which is basically the MTV version of a lifetime achievement award (Recent recipients include Kanye West and Beyoncé).
Other acts to keep an eye on: Ariana Grande is slated to perform with Nicki Minaj; Nick Jonas, who felt snubbed when he didn’t get any nomination love, will sing “Bacon” with Ty Dolla $ign; Drake pal Future will rap; and current chart-toppers The Chainsmokers will grace the stage with ingenue Halsey.
On, and there are rumors that Beyoncé might make a surprise performance.