Here Is Everything We Know About the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (So Far)
Picture this: You’re a mouth-breathing captain of the varsity Dungeons & Dragons team whose permanent seating assignment is far removed from the social periphery when, suddenly, a wrist clad in Happy Hippie jewelry extends from the inner circle with an invitation to the party of the century.
Breathe deeply into your inhaler and study up on the 2015 MTV VMAs before the cool kids give you a swirly in the bathroom.
The 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards will be held on August 30, 2015 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. They will air on MTV at 9 p.m. EST and will also be available to live stream via VMAS2015.com.
The show’s venue has been downsized to a capacity of 7,100 from its past three residencies at larger amphitheaters (The Forum, ’14; Barclays Center, ’13; Staples Center ’11) in an attempt to restore intimacy with the audience. MTV executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic seeks to replicate the basement candidness of Adele’s piano-accompanied “Someone Like You” or Blue Ivy Carter’s first stage appearance.
Ignjatovic tells Billboard, “We’ve made an effort to create an environment where we can go very intimate and where the audience can be very close to the action.”
“And by audience, I mean fans, as opposed to music executives.”
This year’s Video Music Awards will be the last under the direction of Viacom’s acting President, Van Toffler.
Execs seek to boost the viewership, which was down 18 percent in 2014 from that of previous years, by upping the show’s buzz factor.
Enter Host, Miley Cyrus
Our first glimpses at this years’ emcee are nothing short of your expectations from the tongue-wagging child prodigy who defiled a foam finger at this very awards show back in 2013. She arose into hostdom through the hazy video announcement (in which the bong is inferred) aptly entitled, “Our Host Miley is Smokin“.
Ignjatovic asserts that Cyrus is the “epitome” of the VMAs — a red Solo cup pregame to the crystalware marathon of illustrious award shows yet to come.
Though her reel of promos illustrated with fan art foreshadow signature twerking in either pizza or dolphin pasties, the VMA E.P.’s observations of Cyrus remind us that she is, in fact, a publicity mastermind under the guise of a train wreck.
“She’s the first to say, ‘You probably won’t let me do that.’ To this point, there hasn’t been anything where you’d need to have a finger on a button ready to press it.”
Whether her onset of Rastafarianism is all a part of the master plan, there is no doubt that the Internet will turn into a collage of thought pieces come August 31 referencing Cyrus’ rainbow dreadlocks as exhibit X of “white girl” celebrity cultural appropriation.
The Moonman Makeover
The astronaut is reimagined as an outer-space hippie, adorned with a peace sign pendant and winged boots, all tinted in psychedelic shades of tie-dye.
On the surface, Taylor Swift leads with nine nominations followed by her tiger-chested friend, Ed Sheeran. However, Kendrick Lamar’s accolade of 13 total nods (inclusive of features on “Bad Blood” and Flying Lotus’ “Never Catch Me”) have gone relatively unrecognized. Four for you, Kendrick Lamar. You go, Kendrick Lamar.
Here is a full list of this year’s nominees.
The Weeknd is the only artist that has been confirmed on the main event’s lineup with a promised rendition of “Can’t Feel My Face”, though this recent tweet from MTV suggests that the boys of One Direction might perform their latest single, “Drag Me Down”.
— MTV VMA (@VMAs2015) August 17, 2015
- Zayn Malik v. Calvin Harris
- Malik v. Mainstream anything
- Sia v. Her bangs
- Ariana Grande v. Craft service pastries
- T-Swift v. Nicki Minaj/Diplo/Anti-Feminists/Accusatory Feminists/Streaming service ethics/Anyone that murmurs anything relative to her career accolades, former lovers, likeness, Tumblr, squad, and/or cats.
Watch Miley’s latest MTV Video Music Award promo in the video featured at the top of the page!