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Anything goes at the MTV Video Music Awards, a trait that has distinguished the event from other awards shows of its kind in years past.
From playing host to wild performances (like Miley Cyrus’ twerking in 2013) to serving as the birthplace of the infamous feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift, the VMAs often set the stage for celebrities to take risks and let loose.
This year, the 35th annual edition will air live Monday at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York. Although a host has not been announced for this year, previous hosts have included Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kevin Hart and Russell Brand. (Read more about the first-ever show in 1984 here.)
Known for its often-unpredictable performances, this year’s VMA star-studded lineup features anticipated performances from artists such as Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Travis Scott, Logic and Ryan Tedder, Post Malone and Jennifer Lopez.
Rapper Cardi B leads the nomination pool with 10, five of which resulted from “Finesse,” her R&B collaboration with Bruno Mars. Beyonce and Jay-Z — aka “The Carters” — follow close behind with eight nominations.
Lopez also is set to be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of musical performers in music and film. The award was renamed after Jackson in 1991. Past honorees include David Bowie, Madonna, Britney Spears, West and, most recently, Pink.
Fans can cast their votes for their favorite artists across eight categories at vma.mtv.com
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards air live at 9 p.m. ET on Aug. 20.
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