Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift are among the artists to perform at the MTV VMAs.
AP update: MTV Video Music Awards to open with a ‘Bang’
NEW YORK (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a “Bang.”
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday’s awards show with their new song, “Bang Bang.” It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit.
Grande and Minaj will also perform separately during the VMAs, to air live from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Beyonce is the top nominee and will compete for eight awards, including video of the year for “Drunk in Love.” She will also receive the Michael Jackson video vanguard award.
Beyonce will take the stage Sunday night, where other performers include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea, who has seven nominations.
Eminem is also nominated for seven moonmen.
Here’s the full list of performers:
-Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora
-Usher & Nicki Minaj
-Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj
-Ariana Grande & Zedd
-5 Seconds of Summer
The list of presenters:
Iggy Azalea falls off stage during pre-VMA show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Iggy Azalea tumbled off the stage during an MTV Video Music Awards benefit concert, but she appeared unharmed and posted a video of the fall on social media.
The Australian rapper fell Friday night while performing her hit “Fancy” at The Avalon in Los Angeles. Security guards quickly pulled Azalea back onto the stage, and she barely missed a beat as Charli XCX joined her for the chart-topping single.
Afterward, Azalea told the crowd she felt “very blessed” that she did not break her legs. There was no immediate word if she was injured.
Azalea appeared in good spirits, posting a video of the fall on Instagram. She wrote in the caption: “I know I laughed.”
Neither Azalea’s representatives nor MTV immediately responded to emails seeking comment.
Tori Kelly and Sam Smith also performed at the event benefiting Lifebeat — Music Fights HIV/AIDS.
Azalea is up for seven awards at the VMAs airing live Sunday.