Miley Cyrus Performs, Hosts and . . .
“Enough of the finger pointing and the slut shaming,” Jon Caramanica wrote in 2013 in response to the moral panic that gripped the nation over Miley Cyrus’s twerk-filled, tongue-wagging MTV Video Music Awards performance. The haters haven’t gone away, but Ms. Cyrus rolls on, ready to court controversy, as she teased in an interview with The Times last week. There will be skits, “psychedelic” and “raw” elements, and thousands of Twitter fingers ready to critique her every move. “I didn’t want this V.M.A.s to be like they’ve been in the past,” she said. Since it’s the Viacom executive Van Toffler’s last year, anything goes: It’s one big party, and MTV is footing the bill. (The show starts at 9 p.m. on MTV.)
Justin Bieber Returns to the Stage
The teen idol Justin Bieber, now 21, is quickly gaining older, more dance-oriented Beliebers, largely thanks to his new off-kilter, innovative single, “Where Are Ü Now,” with Skrillex and Diplo. (“Four minutes of high-tech bliss,” Jon Pareles wrote in The Times.) Watch Mr. Bieber and his superproducers go in-depth on the song’s creation first, and then get ready to usher in a new era of this young singer’s career.
Nicki Minaj Opens the Show Again . . . and Makes a Statement?
Following her “Anaconda” performance last year, which set social media ablaze, the reigning queen of hip-hop takes the stage once more, fresh off her “The Pinkprint” tour. Will she address the V.M.A. controversy with Taylor Swift over the recognition for black women in pop music, or maybe announce some personal, sonogram-related news?
Kanye West Receives the Video Vanguard Award
Kanye West’s biggest V.M.A. moment happened when he interrupted Taylor Swift, but don’t discount his impact on music video culture: His videos have broken the mold time and time again, from the 30-minute masterpiece “Runaway” to his recent Steve McQueen collaboration, “All Day.” No word yet on what he’ll perform, but expect something huge: Recent recipients of this award, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, busted out mega-medleys. And a Taylor cameo is never off the table.
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