The Video Music Awards as a rule are known for eyebrow-raising antics (see: Kanye vs. Taylor, Gaga's meat dress, etc.) and Sunday's show will surely be no exception.
Kendrick snagged the most VMA nominations this year, with eight nods for his "HUMBLE." video, and The Weeknd ties show host Katy Perry with five. The week has seen rumors that Swift, involved in an ongoing feud with Perry, would be making an appearance but the reports of an on-stage duet have been debunked. Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony are also slated to perform, which should make for an interesting moment, considering all four are contending for the Best Pop award.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight this week, VMAs producer Garrett English admitted that a Katy and Taylor collaboration probably isn't happening anytime soon. Over the past year, the network has replaced gender-specific categories with gender-neutral names in awards. "The first acting award in history that doesn't separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience", Watson said during her speech.
This year's VMAs will also have two other decidedly political edges as the show introduces a new awards category, the "Best Fight Against the System" category highlighting videos with a social message. The music video "Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL" was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and "Magnificent Seven" Native American artists from different tribes, including Zack "Doc" Battiest, Spencer Battiest, Emcee One, Drezus, PJ Vegas, SupaMan, Natalia Aka "My Verse".
"DoD confirms that MTV has invited Service members in their personal capacity to this year's VMAs", Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick told Variety. "At this time the Department of Defence is reviewing the parameters of the request".
MTV has invited active-duty transgender service members to attend the 2017 Video Music Awards following President Donald Trump's July Twitter post that announced transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military.
The 2017 "VMAs" will be broadcast live from the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 27th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.