August 20, 2014


Jessie J to Join Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande for "Bang Bang" at the 2014 MTV VMAs

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Ah, the MTV Video Music Awards: a time-honored tradition chock full o' music, memories and headline-making performances and fiascos. Last year's VMAs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center brought with it outrage driven by a twerking Miley Cyrus; VMAs past have delivered a snake-wearing set from Britney Spears, the bombastic solo debut of Justin Timberlake and plenty of other notable (and notorious) moments in the history of popular music. 

So far, it looks like 2014 will be more about great tunes and less about gossip fodder: Ariana GrandeJessie J and Nicki Minaj will bring their bombastic collaboration "Bang Bang" to the VMAs, and they'll be performing on the same stage as  Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, BeyonceMaroon 5Taylor SwiftUsher and 5 Seconds of Summer at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

It was also announced that Sam Smith, who's maaaaybe having the best year ever thanks to his big-time debut In The Lonely Hour, will be performing at the VMAs as well. Smith will be a bit of a wholesome presence when compared to the rest of the lineup: Her Minajesty's Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling (and eye-catching) single "Anaconda" is also on the agenda, as is Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea's killer collaboration "Black Widow." Iggy's up for seven Moonmen, so here's hoping there'll be an acceptance speech from I-G-G-Y after she drops the mic!

Beyonce, who leads the VMAs race with eight nominations for her 2014 accomplishments, will also be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. As Timberlake's 2013 Video Vanguard performance quickly segued into a proper *NSYNC reunion, maybe Kelly and Michelle will join Bey to reprise Destiny's Child's epic Superbowl moment in a bigger, badder way at the VMAs! (We'd be totally shocked if that didn't happen, actually.)

We're sure the VMAs have more surprises in store, especially as far as the performances are concerned. (Now that Iggy and Ari are sharing the stage on the same night, we better get "Problem" live and in the flesh otherwise there'll be PROBLEMS by way of our broken hearts.) (See what we did there? Sorry not sorry.)

Still, this is a pretty great lineup to start with! Stay tuned for more updates about the music of the MTV VMAs.