Rihanna, Frank Ocean Added to MTV VMAs Lineup
The Wanted, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones also join the growing roster of presenters.
Following Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s show-stopping performances at last year’s Video Music Awards, the pressure is mounting as to who will provide the most talked-about moment at this year’s ceremony.
Upping the ante are Rihanna and Frank Ocean, who will each take the stage along with Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Green Day, Pink and One Direction at the Sept. 6 show. The performance will mark Ocean’s VMA debut after releasing his debut album Channel Orange earlier this year. For her part, Rihanna leads the contenders with an impressive five nominations, tying collaborator Drake for the most nominations this year.
MTV also announced on Monday a new crop of presenters, including Brit boy band The Wanted, Celeste and Jesse Forever stars Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones, as well as Ke$ha and 2 Chainz.
The group joins previously announced presenters Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and the Fierce Five U.S. Women’s Olympics Gymnastics team -- Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney.
Voting is now open in all categories for the Sept. 6 ceremony, held this year at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. For more on the show and to see a complete list of nominees, click here.
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