Well, well, well. The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are back, airing live at 6 p.m. PDT/9 p.m. EDT on Sunday. And if the ceremony is anything like last year’s, we’ll have weeks of delicious fodder if there’s a Miley Cyrus-Robin Thicke twerk fest in the works. Yes, it’s really been a year since that indelible moment.
But let’s turn the page. Let’s start anew. Who are we kidding? The VMAs are never afraid to make history. Only there could we see (or un-see) Madonna French kiss Britney Spears, Kanye West take away Taylor Swift’s glory or Diana Ross cop a feel on Lil’ Kim. To revisit more salacious GIF-worthy instances at the VMAs, look to The Times’ VMA timeline. Hint: It doesn’t get any more conservative from here.
Turning to the VMAs this year, Beyonce leads the nominations with eight nods, including one for video of the year (“Drunk in Love”). Joining the pop diva in the night’s highest category are Pharrell Williams (“Happy”), Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”), Sia (“Chandelier”) and Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (“Fancy”).
Speaking of Azalea, the VMAs will be seeing a lot of the Aussie newcomer. She comes in right behind Beyonce with seven nominations. The divas will take the stage separately. While Beyonce will go solo, Azalea will be joined by Rita Ora in a performance of “Black Widow.”
Other performers on the bill include Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift and Usher. Quite the star-studded lineup, in addition to big-name presenters like Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo and Lorde among others.
All this goes down at Inglewood’s Forum, a recently revitalized arena that reopened this year after a $100-million renovation by its owner Madison Square Garden. The VMAs mark the venue’s first broadcast awards show since its reopening.
If you don’t have a VIP pass to the event at the Forum -- heck, even if you do -- don’t forget to check back during and after the live ceremony to see up-to-the-minute coverage, including red carpet arrivals, show highlights and best and worst moments.
As the show takes place, follow our Twitter feed (@latimesent) as The Times’ Gerrick Kennedy takes over the account from the VMA press room to bring you tons of tidbits.
Here’s hoping for a slew of unforgettable moments, because it’s only natural, right?