MTV Video Music Awards 2015: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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It’s the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, more commonly called the VMAs, and the show is taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California tonight, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Taylor Swift leads with 10 nominations and is ready to debut her new music video at the event’s pre-show. Nick Jonas will also be premiering his new music video “Levels.” For all the best information on the event, read on below.


1. Miley Cyrus Is the Official Host

Miley Cyrus is hosting the 2015 VMAs after announcing the big news via Instagram a few months ago. In the past, Cyrus made headlines when she twerked on stage with Robin Thicke and a foam finger. As host of the show, there’s no telling what she may do. Originally, fans were told that MTV wouldn’t let Cyrus perform because she was hosting, but there are rumors that Cyrus may perform some new music for the crowd. We will just have to wait and see.


2. There Are Big Performers For the Main Show As Well As the Pre-Show

For the pre-show, which begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on MTV, Nick Jonas and Walk The Moon will perform their songs “Levels” and “Shut Up And Dance.” The performers scheduled for the main event include The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots.

The pre-show hosts tonight include Kelly Osbourne, Sway, Carly Aquilino, Nessa Diab and Awkwafina.


3. Voting Is Still Open

Voting is closed for most categories, but you can still vote for the two categories “Artist To Watch” and “Best Song Of the Summer.” Voting will remain open until the pre-show at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. Check out the below link for all the best information on how to cast your votes online.


4. The Presenters Include A-Listers In the Industry

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While the show is filled with big names as performers, there are also several A-listers ready to take the stage as presenters. Here’s the list of the celebrities presenting the awards tonight:

Jared Leto — presenting The Weeknd
Britney Spears
Rita Ora
Miguel
John Legend
Ne-Yo
Rebel Wilson
Serayah and Jussie Smollett
Kylie Jenner
Emily Ratajkowski
Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. — presenting Video of the Year


5. And the Nominees Are …

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Tonight, Kanye West will receive the Video Vanguard Award. As for the rest of the nominations, here’s the list:

Video of the Year
Beyoncé — “7/11”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) — “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood”

Best Male Video
Nick Jonas — “Chains”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) — “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
The Weeknd — “Earned It”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé — “7/11”
Ellie Goulding — “Love Me like You Do”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Sia — “Elastic Heart”
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”

Artist to Watch
James Bay — “Hold Back the River”
George Ezra — “Budapest”
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
FKA twigs — “Pendulum”
Vance Joy — “Riptide”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé — “7/11”
Maroon 5 — “Sugar”
Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) — “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”

Best Rock Video
Arctic Monkeys — “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
Fall Out Boy — “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine — “Ship to Wreck”
Hozier — “Take Me to Church”
Walk the Moon — “Shut Up and Dance”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Big Sean (featuring E-40) — “I Don’t Fuck with You”
Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth) — “See You Again”

Best Collaboration
Ariana Grande and The Weeknd — “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj — “Bang Bang”
Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) — “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood”
Wiz Khalifa (featuring Charlie Puth) — “See You Again”

Best Direction
Childish Gambino — “Sober” (Director: Hiro Murai)
Hozier — “Take Me to Church” (Directors: Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson)
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright” (Directors: Colin Tilley and the Little Homies)
Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) — “Uptown Funk” (Directors: Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood” (Director: Joseph Kahn)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé — “7/11” (Choreographers: Beyoncé, Chris Grant and Gabriel Valenciano)
Chet Faker — “Gold” (Choreographer: Ryan Heffington)
Flying Lotus (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Never Catch Me” (Choreographers: Keone Madrid and Mari Madrid)
OK Go — “I Won’t Let You Down” (Choreographer: OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t” (Choreographers: Nappytabs)

Best Visual Effects
Childish Gambino — “Telegraph Ave.” (Visual Effects: Gloria FX)
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks” (Visual Effects: Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Skrillex and Diplo (featuring Justin Bieber) — “Where Are U Now” (Visual Effects: Brewer)
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood” (Visual Effects: Ingenuity Studios)
Tyler, The Creator — “Fucking Young/Death Camp” (Visual Effects: Gloria FX)

Best Art Direction
The Chemical Brothers — “Go” (Art Director: Michel Gondry)
Skrillex and Diplo (featuring Justin Bieber) — “Where Are U Now” (Art Director: Brewer)
Snoop Dogg — “So Many Pros” (Art Director: Jason Fijal)
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood” (Art Director: Charles Infante)
Jack White — “Would You Fight for My Love?” (Art Director: Jeff Peterson)

Best Editing
A$AP Rocky — “L$D” (Editor: Dexter Navy)
Beyoncé — “7/11” (Editors: Beyoncé, Ed Burke and Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t” (Editor: Jacquelyn London)
Skrillex and Diplo (featuring Justin Bieber) — “Where Are U Now” (Editor: Brewer)
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood” (Editor: Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)

Best Cinematography
Alt-J — “Left Hand Free” (Director of Photography: Mike Simpson)
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks” (Director of Photography: Justin Brown)
Flying Lotus (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Never Catch Me” (Director of Photography: Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud” (Director of Photography: Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Bad Blood” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)

Best Video with a Social Message
Big Sean (featuring Kanye West and John Legend) — “One Man Can Change the World”
Colbie Caillat — “Try”
Jennifer Hudson — “I Still Love You”
Rihanna — “American Oxygen”
Wale — “The White Shoes”

Song of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer — “She’s Kinda Hot”
Fetty Wap — “My Way”
Fifth Harmony (featuring Kid Ink) – “Worth it”
Selena Gomez (featuring ASAP Rocky) — “Good for You”
David Guetta (featuring Nicki Minaj) — “Hey Mama”
Demi Lovato — “Cool for the Summer”
Major Lazer — “Lean On”
OMI — “Cheerleader”
Silento — “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”
Skrillex and Diplo (featuring Justin Bieber) — “Where Are U Now”
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood”
The Weeknd — “Can’t Feel My Face”



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