This year there’s some big names up for the VMAs: Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead all nominees with 10 nominations apiece, Billie Eilish earned nine nominations, and Lil Nas X picked up eight nominations including Video and Song of the Year for Old Town Road (Remix) featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
If Ariana Grande wins a VMA, she could really keep MTV’s awards show moving along with a simple, three-word acceptance speech. “Thank you, next.” Meanwhile Cardi B, BTS, Drake, Lady Gaga, Halsey, Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott, Solange and Kanye West are among the other nominated artists.
Here’s what you need to know to see, and participate in, all of the awards.
When are the VMAs?
The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26. The broadcast will start at 8 p.m. ET.
Taylor Swift is scheduled to perform at the VMAs for the first time in four years. Missy Elliott will also perform and receive the Video Vanguard Award — the VMA equivalent of a lifetime achievement award — for her 20-plus-year (and counting) career of awesome music and music videos. You can keep an eye other VMA performers here as they get added to the lineup.
You can stream the show live on MTV.com or the MTV app, but you’ll need to prove you have a pay TV subscription that includes MTV. You can also watch live on Twitter; according to Variety, as MTV will have a live stream that it’s calling the MTV VMA Stan Cam. MTV will ask folks on Twitter to vote from three celebrities in the audience and display the winners’ live reactions throughout the show.