MTV Video Music Awards: Everything you need to know about Sunday's big event

New York, New York – The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner, set to air live on Sunday. Here's everything you need to know before the award show kicks off.

Justin Bieber will be returning to the VMA stage on Sunday for the first time since 2015.
Justin Bieber will be returning to the VMA stage on Sunday for the first time since 2015.  © Collage: 123RF / buzzfuss / IMAGO / APress

This year, the VMAs return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, along with a live broadcast of the show.

Last year, the plans to hold the award show at the Barclays Center had to be scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, they were pre-recorded in a studio setting, with some performances filmed in various cities such as Los Angeles.

The 2021 VMAs will also include a live audience, something that was painfully absent from the pre-recorded show in 2020.

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Unlike most award shows, the VMAs are fan-voted, meaning the fate of every artist in the show's 14 categories is entirely in the hands of the fans.

Topping the list for most nominations is Justin Bieber with nine. Close behind the pop star in nominations are BTS and Megan Thee Stallion with seven each.

Who is hosting the VMAs and how to watch

Doja Cat (pictured) will be pulling double duty as the show's host and one of the performers.
Doja Cat (pictured) will be pulling double duty as the show's host and one of the performers.  © Collage: IMAGO / Independent Photo Agency Int. / CHROMORANGE

The VMAs will be hosted by Doja Cat, who is also set to perform.

Additional appearances will include some top names in music, like Olivia Rodrigo, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, and Bieber – who will return to the VMA stage for the first time in six years.

One of the most highly-contested categories at this year's awards is that for Artist of The Year, which pens Bieber, Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat against one another.

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Breakthrough 18-year-old artist, The Kid LaROI, earned two VMA nominations, with the first being Best New Artist, and the second for Push Performance of the Year.

Drake, whose sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy dropped on September 3, racked up five nominations, including one for Best Collaboration alongside Lil Durk.

The show will be broadcast live on MTV at 8 PM EST, but will also air on various other channels including CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and The CW.

Cover photo: Collage: 123RF / buzzfuss / IMAGO / APress

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