Since its inception, MTV's Video Music Awards, or the VMAs, have screamed controversy.
From Madonna’s performance of "Like A Virgin" in a wedding gown, walking over a cake, during the 1984 awards to Britney’s nouveau style "Oops I Did It Again" at the 2000 awards -- and when the two locked lips live on stage in 2003 -- the VMAs always take controversies up a notch. I mean, who can forget a vegetarian’s worst nightmare -- Lady Gaga’s meat dress from the 2010 VMAs?
This year, the audience is expecting no less from MTV. With a lineup of A-list celebrities such as Beyonce, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea performing, the VMAs stage is all set for some great music, some awkward silences and of course, the revered MTV "moonman."
What to Expect and What is Missing
Before going any further, let’s just clarify that there will be no Miley Cyrus twerking episodes this time at the VMAs. Cyrus is expected to be in the audience as she has been nominated for two awards, but judging from the controversial nature of Ms. Cyrus, we can surely expect some action from her.
Apart from Miley, we are also expecting Queen B, Beyonce Knowles, to perform her super-hit "Drunk in Love." The song has also been nominated for video of the year at this year’s VMAs. "Drunk in Love" has turned out to be an instant success and features her husband, Jay-Z.
Sadly enough, this year the VMAs will not feature Lady Gaga. We will definitely miss Gaga, who has been in the MTV spotlight almost every year due to her eerie, borderline-creepy performances and her avant-garde dressing.
The Coveted Nominations
Leading the nominations table by eight nominations, you guessed it, is Beyonce for her self-titled album. Eminem and Iggy Azalea have each received seven nominations. The most popular award still remains the Video Of The Year, for which five artists have been nominated, with Beyonce and Pharrell crowd favorites for the Moonman.
The rest of the nominations include various awards such as Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Pop Video, and technical awards such as Best Cinematography and others.
Video Of The Year
At this year’s VMAs, the predicted winners could actually be those two songs which you’re surely tired of hearing. Be it your car radio, the person sitting next to you on the bus blasting out the song on their iPod or any given music channel on TV, you have surely heard "Drunk In Love" and "Happy." These two songs have created enough buzz to become the most talked about songs, as well as songs that have been parodied massively.
Beyonce’s "Drunk In Love"