Brace for impact. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards are just days away from launch with host Katy Perry and this year’s lineup of the industry’s buzziest music artists ready to shake The Forum in Los Angeles with outrageous fashion, performances and telecast shockers.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been brushing up on this year’s deets of who is likely to snag the MoonMan — er — MoonPerson because TooFab has done all of the dirty work.
The MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday, August 27 live on MTV at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Here is what we know about Sunday’s show so far… (we’ll be updating this as new details emerge.)
2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show
The two-hour outdoor performance will be streamed live on MTV.com and on Twitter for the first time ever for fans to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
Four major changes
MTV is switching things up to become more gender friendly at this year’s Video Music Awards.
The network that made music videos cool renamed their iconic “Moon Man” to “Moon Person” in an effort to match society’s evolving attitude and understanding of gender.
“Why should it be a man,” MTV president Chris McCarthy told the New York Times. “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender, it could be nonconformist.”
MTV also combined their Best Female Video and Best Male Video categories to allow women to face off against the men. Similarly, there will only be one Artist of the Year, instead of the previous separate categories for men and woman.
On that note, the VMA’s are introducing the Best Fight Against The System category this year to celebrate videos that inspire fans to stand up for what they believe in.
Michael Jackson’s Video Vanguard Award
P!NK will receive this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award after she performs live at the ceremony.
The 37-year-old rockstar proved her worth slaying the stage over the past 17-years with numerous live gravity defying performances.
The award is VMAs highest honor of the night recognizing one artist who went above and beyond in their career by creating catchy hit tunes, groundbreaking music videos and consistent philanthropy.
2017 MTV Video Music Awards Performers
The VMAs are known for their many surprise collaborations so we’re excited to see who these performers bring on the MTV stage.
It’s Katy Perry’s Show
Perry will host and perform at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.
“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent of Viacom’s global entertainment group said. “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”
Beyond hosting and performing, the pop star is also tied with The Weeknd for the second most nominated artist of the night grabbing five noms for Best Pop, Best Direction, Vest Visual Effects for “Chained to the Rhythm,” Best Art Direction for “Bon Appetit,” and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ “Feels” featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean. Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight.
“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids,” Perry said in a statement.
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