Kendrick Lamar leads MTV Video Music Awards nominations

Now that the dog days of summer are starting to die down, MTV is getting ready for one of their major end of summer award shows. On Tuesday (July 25), the once music-centric channel announced the nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Leading the pack with a total of eight nominations this year is Kendrick Lamar. “Video of the Year,” “Best Hip-Hop,” and “Best Cinematography” are just some of the categories his single, “HUMBLE.” is nominated for.

Falling behind Lamar with a total of five nominations each are Katy Perry and The Weeknd. Perry is nominated for categories such as “Best Pop,” “Best Direction,” and “Best Visual Effects” for her Skip Marley-assisted, “Chained to the Rhythm.” The Weekend is nominated for categories such as “Video of the Year,” “Best Editing,” and “Best Art Direction” for his single, “Reminder.”

Following their decision to feature non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network announced that the “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories have been combined into “Artist of the Year.” Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, the Weekend, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Lorde are nominated for that honor this year.

In addition to the combined “Artist of the Year” category, MTV has also revealed the addition of a new category: “Best Fight Against the System.” The “Best Fight Against the System” category was added to celebrate music videos that inspire viewers to stand up for injustices.

Fans can begin to vote for their favorite music videos by heading over to the VMA’s website here. While all the major categories will close before the awards show in late August, the “Best New Artist” category will remain open until the night of the live broadcast. Another category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET. The complete list of nominees, with the exclusion on “Best Song of Summer,” can be seen below.

Video of the Year

Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars — “24K Magic”

Alessia Cara — “Scars To Your Beautiful”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller — “Wild Thoughts”

The Weeknd — “Reminder”

Artist of the Year

Bruno Mars

Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran

Ariana Grande

The Weeknd

Lorde

Best New Artist

Khalid

Kodak Black

SZA

Young M.A

Julia Michaels

Noah Cyrus

Best Collaboration

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez — “We Don’t Talk Anymore”

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller — “Wild Thoughts”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty — “Broccoli”

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey — “Closer”

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean — “Feels”

Zayn & Taylor Swift — “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop

Shawn Mendes — “Treat You Better”

Ed Sheeran — “Shape of You”

Harry Styles — “Sign of the Times”

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane — “Down”

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm”

Miley Cyrus — “Malibu”

Best Hip Hop

Kendrick Lamar — “HUMBLE.”

Big Sean — “Bounce Back”

Chance the Rapper — “Same Drugs”

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty — “Broccoli”

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert — “Bad & Boujee”

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne — “I’m The One”

Best Dance

Zedd and Alessia Cara — “Stay”

Kygo x Selena Gomez — “It Ain’t Me”

Calvin Harris — “My Way”

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ — “Cold Water”

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign — “Gone”

Best Rock

Coldplay — “A Head Full of Dreams”

Fall Out Boy — “Young and Menace”

Twenty One Pilots — “Heavydirtysoul”

Green Day — “Bang Bang”

Foo Fighters — “Run”

Best Fight Against the System

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson — “Black SpiderMan”

The Hamilton Mixtape — “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration)

Big Sean — “Light” (Race)

Alessia Cara — “Scars to Your Beautiful” (Body image)

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley — “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment)

John Legend — “Surefire” (Immigration & Anti-Muslim hate)

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2015 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Announced

After breaking the news yesterday that Miley Cyrus will be hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards because the network would not “let her perform” following her infamous “Blurred Lines” performance with Robin Thicke, the network has now announced the complete list of nominees for the 32nd installment of the annual event.

Debuting exclusively on Apple’s “Beats 1 Chart” show earlier today, the nominees included the usual suspects whose music is constantly played on a loop on top 20 radio and on MTV (when they play music that is).

Leading the pack with the most nominations this year is Kendrick Lamar with five while Taylor Swift came in with a total of four. Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran came in behind Swift with a total of three nominations apiece.

The complete list of nominees for all the MTV VMA categories can be seen below with the exception of the socially voted categories. According to MTV, those categories will be announced at a later date. Voting for categories such as “Best Female Video,” “Best Male Video,” and “Video of the Year” are currently open on MTV’s VMAs website.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2015 NOMINEES:

Video of the Year
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Collaboration
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Ariana Grande feat. the Weeknd, “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Best Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson, “I Still Love You”
Colbie Calliat, “Try”
Big Sean, “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna, “American Oxygen”
Wale, “The White Shoes”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Big Sean, “I Don’t F—k With You”

Best Rock Video
Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé, “7/11″
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Sia, “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Nick Jonas, “Chains”
The Weeknd, “Earned It”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5, “Sugar”

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy, “Riptide”
George Ezra, “Budapest”
James Bay, “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs, “Pendulum”

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante, art dir.)
Snoop Dogg, “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal, art dir.)
Jack White, “Would You Fight For My Love?” (Jeff Peterson, art dir.)
The Chemical Brothers, “Go” (Michel Gondry, art dir.)
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, art dir.)

Best Choreography
Beyonce, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, choreographers; Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano”)
OK Go, “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man, Mori Harano, choreographers)
Chet Faker, “Gold” (Ryan Heffington, choreographer)
Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs, choreographer)
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Keone, Mari Madrid, dir.)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Seiple, DP)
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl, DP)
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst, DP)
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown, DP)
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson, DP)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn, dir.)
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy, dir.)
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies, dir.)
Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost, dir.)
Childish Gambino, “Sober” (Hiro Murai, dir.)

Best Editing
Beyonce, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing, editors)
Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London, editor)
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes @ Cosmo Street, editor)
A$AP Rocky, “L$D” (Dexter Navy, editor)
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, editor)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios, vfx)
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, & Max Chyzhevskyy, vfx)
Childish Gambino, “Telegraph Ave” (Gloria FX, vfx)
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, vfx)
Tyler, the Creator, “F*cking Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX, vfx)

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30. The show will begin at 9 p.m. ET, right after the live red carpet coverage ends.

2014 MTV Video Music Award Winners

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The annual MTV Video Music Awards is officially underway with the yearly ceremony celebrating the biggest names in pop music voted by the fans. Keep checking back as we update the winners as they start pouring in while you sit back and enjoy the performances and guest appearances.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD WINNERS:

MTV Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin On”

Best Rock Video: Lorde, “Royals”

Best Hip Hop Video: Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”

Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell, “SING”

Best Female Video: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J., “Dark Horse”

Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”

Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”

Best Collaboration: Beyoncé ft. JAY Z, “Drunk In Love”

MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Video with a Social Message: Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”

Best Cinematography: Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”

Best Editing: Eminem, “Rap God”

Best Choreography: Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”

Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

Best Visual Effects: OK Go, “The Writing’s On the Wall”

MTV Video Music Awards Reveal Full List of Performers

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The MTV Video Music Awards are right around the corner and the annual music award show has finally unveiled the full list of performers that are slated to take the stage to perform.

For the last few weeks, the former music television network had been revealing performers once at a time to prolong the suspense for those who tune in annually.

Today, Sam Smith was revealed as the last performer on the list. Throughout the past weeks, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Beyoncé (who will also be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award) had been revealed to be taking the stage at some point during the normally two and a half hour music-centric award program.

In the award nomination portion of the show, Beyoncé leads this year’s pack with a grand total of eight while fellow performer, Iggy Azalea trails behind with seven nominations.

This year, MTV will be introducing a new category to the award show, the MTV Clubland Award which will capitalize on the recent popularity of electronic dance music (EDM).

The full list of nominees can be found here. The MTV Video Music Award will take place this Sunday, August 24, live from the refurbished The Forum in Inglewood, CA beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

2014 MTV Video Music Award Nominees

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VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP:
Eminem – “Bezerk”
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Childish Gambino – “3005″
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

BEST MALE:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
John Legend – “All Of Me”
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell – “Sing”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”

BEST FEMALE:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Lorde – “Royals”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

BEST POP:
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”

BEST ROCK:
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Lorde – “Royals”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
5 Seconds of Summer -”She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

BEST COLLABORATION:
Beyoncé ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha – “Timber”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Martin Garrix – “Animal”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Angel Haze ft. SIA – “Battle Cry”
Avicii – “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
J. Cole ft. TLC – “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”
David Guetta f/ Mikky Ekko – “One Voice”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
30 Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Gesaffelstein – “Hate or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

BEST EDITING
Eminem – “Rap God”
MGMT – “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams -”Stay the Night”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Fitz and The Tantrums – “The Walker”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia – “Chandelier”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Michael Jackson f/Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
Jason Derulo f/2Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
KIESZA – “Hideaway”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”

BEST ART DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on August 24 from the Forum in Inglewood, CA. Grande, 5 seconds of Summer and Usher have already been confirmed to be performing at the event.

Justin Timberlake and Kanye West Make Up

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Remember back in February when Kanye West took a shot at Justin Timberlake during a show in  London’s Hammersmith Apollo?

Yeah, well we almost forgot about it too until we remember what West had said to his crowd of followers. To this day, the assumption might be that ‘Yeezus’ was jealous that his best friend, Jay-Z was trading him in for Timberlake which led to him saying, “”I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fucking with that ‘Suit & Tie’.”

Cue the one person feud that was forgotten until today when Timberlake brought it back into the public’s knowledge.

In an interview with MTV reporter, Sway on In the Morning, Timberlake commented on what the rapper had said, and that it really didn’t bother him much. “At the end of the day it’s just music,” he said. “I love the record, I love ‘Suit & Tie’. It reminds me of the music I grew up listening to. I respect his opinion because I think he’s a genius, but I don’t share that opinion.”

While the “feud” did got into a black hole of oblivion to the world, Timberlake said that the two of them  settled their difference at the MTV Video Music Awards last week where West performed “Blood on the Leaves” and Timberlake performed a medley of his songs as well as accepted a couple of awards including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards.

“I told [Kanye], ‘I fuck with you, in a way that you probably don’t even understand. I get what you do.’ We’ve never worked together, so I don’t think that he fully understands what it is that I can do. I love ‘Yeezus’, I love that album. I think he’s ahead of a lot, especially in his genre. I think people are going to appreciate it a lot more in the future.”

As if simply making up wasn’t enough, Timberlake did make a comment that there might be some collaborating in the future. Well, the best way I know how to do that is for us to just sit down and play music.”

So can anyone see a collaboration going on between these two? I don’t know.

Watch the *NSYNC Reunion

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What was the most anticipated portion of the MTV Video Music Awards was also the shortest of the night; the reunion of NSYNC!

After much speculation of are they or aren’t they, the former boy band including JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and the man of the evening Justin Timberlake took the stage for probably a total of three seconds to perform a quick medley of “Girlfriend” and “Bye, Bye, Bye” with choreography from the video and all.

Last week, when word had gotten out that there might be reunion, that’s all that it was at the time; rumors. Many were hoping that Timberlake would finally agree to give the kids from the ’90s something to remember especially when it was the boy band that helped launch him to super stardom, and he did, briefly.

Keep your eyes open because if you blink, you might miss it.

MTV Video Music Award Winners [Updated]

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Video of the Year:

Justin Timberlake- “Mirrors”

Best Male Video:

Bruno Mars- “Locked Out of Heaven”

Artist to Watch:

Austin Mahone- “What About Love”

Best Song of Summer:

One Direction- “Best Song Ever”

The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award:

Justin Timberlake

Best Video with a Social Message:

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- “Same Love”

Best Female Video:

Taylor Swift- “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip-Hop Video:

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Art Direction:

Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu- Q.U.E.E.N.

Best Choegraphy

Bruno Mars- “Treasure”

Best Cinemetography

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Direction:

Justin Timberlake- “Suit & Tie”

Best Editing:

Justin Timberlake- “Mirrors”

Best Visual Effects:

Capital Cities- “Safe and Sound”

Best Pop Video:

Selena Gomez- “Come and Get It”

Best Collab:

Pink and Nate Ruess-” Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Rock Song:

30 Seconds to Mars- “Up in the Air”

Lance Bass Addresses the Reunion Rumor

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Well, just when the internet was turned on its head over rumors that *NSYNC would be reuniting for a one-off performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, Lance Bass comes out of nowhere and sparks some confusion on nostalgic fans.

Bass, who, surprised has his own radio show on SiriusFM, took to the airwaves to address the major news/rumor of the day. What somehow got lost in translation is that not once did Bass admit or deny that the reunion was going to happen. This of course sparked fans to wonder if this was just a stunt to get people to tune into the network’s show. The way Bass was addressing the rumor, it looked like the rumors were heading more towards a thumbs down.

Read an except of Bass’ address:

I have to address the rumors. This morning, I woke up to a lot of rumors flying [around] that the *NSYNC reunion is happening after eleven years at the VMAs this Sunday. Well, let me tell you how this all came about. Justin Timberlake is getting the Michael Jackson [Video] Vanguard Award this Sunday at the awards, so of course people are automatically going to think we’re going to be there performing, but this is exactly how it happened and I knew these rumors were going to fly. We all came down here [to Miami] except for J.C. [Chasez]—J.C. stayed in California, he had to work…Joey [Fatone], Chris [Kirkpatrick] and myself went to go see Justin’s last show with Jay Z at the [Sun Life] Stadium last Friday, and I even took a picture of it, it’s on my Instagram. [it was] really fun and…I think that’s what started the rumor that there’s going to be this big reunion with NSYNC…it’s amazing to see the reaction out there on Twitter and social media…[and] how many people are supporting NSYNC. It’s so nice to see because when we ended things [over] ten years ago, there was no social media, there was no Twitter [fan base], but it’s so cute to see how many people are supporting [us] and NSYNC was even trending.

Now that our hopes may be a little squashed, do you think that this is just an expansion of MTV trying to get publicity for the award show or what?

Lady Gaga to Return to the Stage at VMAs

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Little Monsters, get ready to party because Mama Monster has announced that she will be performing at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. As of right now, the song she will be performing is being kept underwraps (much like the entire album), but chances are that it’s the first single off of ARTPOP which will be released on August 19. 

This information might not come as a surprise to some of her biggest fans since Gaga does have some kind of a history with the network’s award show. In 2009, she performed a blood-soaked version of her song, “Paparazzi” while in 2011, she got into full male alter-ego mode by portraying Jo Calderone not only during her performance of “You & I,” but managed to stay in character throughout the entire show.

And then there was the meat dress incident.

In honor of her comeback (should we really call it that?), MTV Hits, the network’s 24-hour music channel (I know we’re surprised too), will be airing an hour block between 3-4 p.m. ET showing her music videos as well as performances from the past.

For those looking forward to the Video Music Awards, the show will be broadcast live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City on August 25 stating at 9 p.m. on MTV.