On Sunday night, MTV will take a break from its regularly scheduled programming about teen moms and awkward virgins to return to its original mission: honoring music and the videos that bring that music to life. Other than simply hating on some of this year’s nominated videos, SPIN has prepared a list of everything you need to know, from the house DJ to the night’s first-time nominees.
What: The 31st Annual MTV Video Music Awards
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST
Where: The Forum in Inglewood, California
Who’s Hosting: No one, again. We are, as a nation, free from Kevin Hart’s clutches still.
Top Tier Presenters: Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, and Taylor Schilling; Kim Kardashian; Gwen Stefani; Jason Derulo (don’t expect butt chatter though); and Lorde
Other Presenters: Nina Dobrev, Demi Lovato, Trey Songz, Dylan O’Brien, and many more
Video of the Year Nominees:
Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles, “Drunk in Love”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
Sia Furler, “Chandelier”