5 Things You Need to Know About the MTV VMAs

Kanye, Miley and Macklemore will be at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night. Be prepared.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Bonnaroo © Catie Laffoon/Red Bull
By Elliott Sharp

The 30th installment of MTV's Video Music Awards show happens on Sunday night, at 9 p.m. EST. There will be nearly one dozen performers (including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Macklemore, and Kanye West), as well as apperances by Jared Leto, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and many more pop and film stars.

There is no telling what will happen when the cameras start rolling. Will Miley Cyrus twerk so hard on the main stage she knocks over a Moonman? Will Miguel make any unfortunate jumps? WIll Robin Thicke have too much fun? We do not know. But we do know that these are five things you need to know about the 2013 MTV VMAs.

1. It will be held at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, for the first time ever

The location for the MTV VMAs has primarily been either Los Angeles or New York. (It has been held in Las Vegas and Miami, too.) But this is the first time it will be held in Brooklyn, at the Barclays Center. The multi-purpose arena, and home to the Brooklyn Nets, opened just over one year ago with a performance by Jay Z, who is nominated this year for his 'Suit & Tie' collaboration with Justin Timberlake in the Best Direction and Best Collaboration categories.

Last year, Jay and Kanye's 'Paris' was nominated for Best Hip Hop Video, but they lost to Drake's 'HYFR.' The nominees for the category this year are: A$AP Rocky's 'Fuckin' Problems'; J. Cole's 'Power Trip'; Drake's 'Started from the Bottom'; Kendrick Lamar's 'Swimming Pools (Drank)'; and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us.' (GO KENDRICK!)

2. There is no host

Last year, it was comedian Kevin Hart. In the past, Eddie Murphy, Roseanne Barr, Chris Rock, and Sean "Diddy" Combs have all hosted the VMAs. In 1993, the host was Christian Slater, the actor who starred in classic films such as 'Pump Up The Volume,' 'Gleaming The Cube,' and 'Kuffs.'

This year, no host. At least not for the main award ceremony. But the stylish, strange indie musician Grimes will be co-hosting the Red Carpet Report with Rachel Antonoff. We cannot wait to hear what she says about who is wearing what. (GO GRIMES!)

3. There will be performances

Many of them. Lady Gaga is set to open the night, most likely with her new song, 'Applause.' Also performing: Drake, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West. 

Sadly, Kanye was not nominated for any awards this year. And we will probably not see him rip a Moonman out of Kelly Clarkson's hands when she beats Beyonce in the Best Video with a Social Message category. (GO KELLY!)

4. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis received the most nominations

The dynamic duo were nominated for six awards for three songs: 'Thrift Shop' was nominated for Video of the Year; 'Can't Hold Us' for Best Hip-Hop Video" Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Direction; and 'Same Love' was nominated for Best Video with a Social Message.

Will they win all six? Maybe. But people seem to really like that song 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke, with T.I. and Pharrell, which is also nominated for Video of the Year.

5. There is no Best Electronic Dance Music category

Last year, MTV created a new category for EDM in order to capitalize on the genre's popularity. The award went to Calvin Harris' 'Feel So Close.'  But it looks like that was a one-time thing because the category has vanished this year.

Harris, however, is a nominee in the Best Collaboration and Best Song of the Summer categories for his song 'I Need Your Love' with Ellie Goulding, and his 'Sweet Nothing' video was nomiated for Best Editing.

Also in the EDM-related world, Zedd's 'Foxes' was nominated for Artist to Watch; Skrillex's Doors collab 'Breakn' a Sweat' was nominated for Best Visual Effects; and A-Trak was nominated for two awards: his Duck Sauce collab's 'It's You' for Best Visual Effects, and his 'Tuna Melt' collab with Tommy Trash for Best Cinematography.

It is going to be a wild night. Are you ready?

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