Everything you need to know about the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

16 August 2018

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are ready for liftoff, and for one night only, the sky is not the limit.

The annual event celebrates the music and videos that dominated your playlists and served as the soundtrack to your life over the past year, and after spending last year in sunny Los Angeles, the VMAs have found their way back home, returning to the place where it all began in 1984: Radio City Music Hall.

Which out-of-this-world artists will take home a Moon Person this year? Tune in Tuesday, August 21, at 9am (SG/MY/PH) to find out, when the VMAs air live from New York City on MTV. In the meantime, here's everything else you need to know about the big night.


Ariana Grande and more will take the stage

The already-celestial evening will take a turn for the divine when Ariana Grande performs her latest, "God Is a Woman" — but heaven isn't the only stop we're making on the way to the moon. 

Travis Scott is taking everyone to Astroworld for his first solo VMA performance. Also hitting the stage: Shawn Mendes with his Best Pop nominee, "In My Blood," Logic with Ryan Tedder for their brand new track, "One Day," Panic! At the Disco with poppy jam "High Hopes," and Post Malone with… well, we'll see!

Cardi B tops the nominees

The VMAs returned home just in time to properly celebrate hometown hero, Cardi B, who leads the pack this year with 12 nominations, including Artist of the Year and Best New Artist. She'll have to watch out for her cross-borough competitor Jay-Z, whose union as The Carters with wife Beyonce racked up an impressive eight nods for their surprise drop, Everything Is Love. Check out the full list of nominees.

Get loud for Jennifer Lopez, your Video Vanguard winner

It may be Cardi B's night to lose, but it's J.Lo's night to win! The Bronx native will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award after serving almost two decades of hits, from "If You Had My Love" all the way to this year's two-time nominee, 'Dinero' — and she'll be hitting the stage with an epic performance to celebrate.

Nicki Minaj will reign once again

J.Lo may be the night's big honoree, but no one will upstage Nicki Minaj — particularly because her stage will be all her own. Coming in from an iconic New York location, the Best Hip Hop nominee's remote performance will also serve as her post-Queen debut, so she has tons of fresh material to pull from for her seventh VMA performance.

Presenters will maintain the flow

It's a hostless ceremony this year, but the VMAs will have a steady stream of top-notch presenters gracing the stage in between the bangers and acceptance speeches. Millie Bobby Brown, Blake Lively, Liam Payne, Kevin Hart and way more will be handing out the coveted Moon Person statuettes to your faves all night long.

The pre-show will kick off the performance-packed night

Consider this your pre-game. Starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Terrence J., Nessa, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio, and Vinny Guadagnino will be ringing in the annual affair with a red carpet pre-show. But since the VMAs would feel incomplete without sprinkling in performances at every turn, Backstreet Boys, Bazzi, and Bryce Vine will be there to fully prep us for the main event.

Introducing: the Push artist stage

In case the list of performers isn't robust enough, for the first time ever, a selection of MTV's Push Artists from the past year will offer a showcase on their very own stage, bringing Jessie Reyez, PRETTYMUCH, Hayley Kiyoko, Juice WRLD, and Bazzi front-and-center.


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)

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