Here Is Everything We Know About the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (So Far)

Parents "Can't Stop" Miley
The Parents Television Council is unhappy that Miley Cyrus is hosting the 2015 MTV VMAs

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.

You panic, wondering, “Who is this Miley Cyrus?”, “Will “Bad Blood” make me squeamish?”, “Is contraception effective against acquiring a case of the Fetty Wap?”

Breathe deeply into your inhaler and study up on the 2015 MTV VMAs before the cool kids give you a swirly in the bathroom.

VMAs 101

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.

Behind-the-Scenes

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.

Serving Rastaaaaaa Realness!!!! ❤️💚💛

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

 

The Moonman Makeover

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who previously collaborated with Cyrus for his Spring 2015 NYFW show, gave the Moonman statuette a new look for 2015 from its iconic silver-plated image as it stood.

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via MTV

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.

The Nominees

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 Sideshows 

Kelly Osbourne and Sway will host the pre-show, featuring a performance of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and the debut of “Levels” by Nick Jonas.

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”.

This photo shared on Cyrus’ Instagram account also hints at an appearance from Andy Samberg and Ike Barinholtz from The Mindy Project.

@ikebarinholtz @thelonelyisland made me do it!!!!!! Fuck yeah! @mtv

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Possible Fisticuffs

 

Watch Miley’s latest MTV Video Music Award promo in the video featured at the top of the page!