Every spectacular show begins with a properly hyped warmup, and the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are no exception.
Before Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, and more stars hit the main stage inside Radio City Music Hall on August 20, the VMAs red carpet pre-show will get the party started with three can't-miss performances.
Exactly 20 years after their first VMA appearance, Backstreet Boys will kick off the festivities with a sing-along-worthy performance. The boy band — Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson — are no stranger to the VMAs, having performed twice before and taken home two awards.
While BSB make their long-awaited VMA comeback, a pair of buzzy newcomers will appear for the first time. "Mine" hitmaker Bazzi — the MTV Push artist for the month of August — will perform on the pre-show stage, as will Bryce Vine, the singer-songwriter behind breakout single 'Drew Barrymore'.
With Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, and Vine on deck, the evening is becoming more star-studded by the day.
As previously announced, the main show performers include Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with Ryan Tedder, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Panic! At the Disco, and this year's Video Vanguard Award recipient, J.Lo.
Until then, we'll be getting ourselves psyched for a "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful" pre-show!
All the music action does not end here — stay tuned at 10pm after the encore screening to catch the premiere of MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay! Catch the likes of Nick Jonas, CL, Alessia Cara and more performing on the Hyperplay stage, along with more exclusive content from that magical weekend.
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will begin with the red carpet pre-show at 8am, followed by the awards ceremony at 9am.
Encore timings are at 7pm for the red carpet pre-show and 8pm for the awards ceremony. (All timings stated for SG/MY/PH)