2016 MTV VMAs

Slated to coincide with the end of summer, the notorious MTV VMAs will air Sunday, August 28, and promise all the shenanigans, excitement, and fun of years past. All eyes will, of course, be on Beyoncé’s medal count: her short film Lemonade was unforgettable and has largely one-upped the way performers share and interact with their own, and songs for her album Lemonade are up for several awards, including Video of the Year (“Formation”), Best Female Song (“Hold Up), Best Pop Video (“Formation”), Best Collaboration (“Freedom,” featuring Kendrick Lamar), Best Cinematography (“Formation”), Best Choreography (“Formation”), Best Direction (“Formation”), Best Long Form Video (Lemonade), Best Editing (“Formation”), and Best Art Direction (“Hold Up”). Notably absent from this year’s nominee pool is Taylor Swift, whose videos for “Out of the Woods” and “Wildest Dreams” were overlooked for this year’s show. Kanye West also earned several nominations, as did Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Adele.

This year’s Video Vanguard honoree is Rihanna. The award, also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, is given out to an artist who has “made a profound effect on the MTV culture, honoring an artist’s body of work.” Rihanna is also slated to perform at the show, along with Future, Britney Spears, and others.

The show will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. EST.

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