From Madonna’s smooches with Britney and Christina to Miley Cyrus’ twerktastic performances, the MTV Music Video Awards has produced some of TV’s biggest musical moments. With this year’s line-up is stacked with the summer’s biggest hitmakers, Sunday’s show should be no different.
Here are just 6 performances we can’t wait to see at the 2014 VMAs.
Asides from Taylor Swift’s surprise single, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” music video has caused quite the stir; she puts her own spin on Sir Mix-A-Lot’s infamous “Baby Got Back,” she twerks in the video, and even gives Drake a lap dance (he can look but can’t touch). We can’t imagine what else she has in store for a live performance.
It’s a complete shame Fox cancelled The X-Factor considering the American version of the hit British reality show has managed to produce their very own super group. Fifth Harmony’s latest track, “BO$$”, is one badass tune that makes us want to stomp around like we own the place (“Michelle Obama / Purse all heavy gettin’ Oprah dollars”). Fifth Harmony members Camila Cabello and Ally Brooke tweeted that they were both feeling sick on Thursday, so we hope she makes a speedy recovery just in time for the award show.
She’s Queen Bey. Enough said.
5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer aren’t the first group of cute boys to wield guitars and drum sticks, but they’ve quickly become the faces of pop punk’s renaissance. Like One Direction, whom 5SOS have supported on two tours, their songs are catchy and fun. But unlike 1D, 5SOS have a bit of an rebellious edge to them. On the off chance they don’t perform their latest hit “Amnesia” and do “She Looks So Perfect” instead, can they please perform in their American Apparel underwear?
Ariana Grande is undoubtedly the reigning co-queen of the summer (fellow collaborator and VMA performer Iggy Azalea is the other). The 21-year-old pop sensation has helped to produce not only one hit this summer but three: “Problem” feat. Iggy Azalea, “Break Free” feat. super producer Zedd, and is featured on Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” (which also includes the like of Nicki Minaj). This girl is a song of the summer powerhouse and the show would feel incomplete without an appearance from Ariana.
It seems like these days, all you have to do is turn on the radio to hear a Sam Smith song; he’s literally on every single station you can think of. To hear one of his songs play on the radio is one thing, but we really just want to hear him perform live. Sadly, every time Sam Smith plays a show in Toronto, tickets sell out before we can get our grubby little hands on one. His VMA performance may just be the concert experience we’ve been hoping for — minus the wait in line.
Also performing at the VMAs: Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Usher.