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MTV VMAs Mark 30 Years This Sunday, Lady Gaga & Katy Perry to Perform

Image courtesy of MTV (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of MTV (via ABC News Radio)

Big stars!  Reunions!  Crazy outfits!  Insane antics!  Oh, yeah, and some people will win awards, we guess.  That's what this Sunday night's MTV VMAs will be all about.

Returning to the East Coast for the first time since 2009, this year's MTV Video Music Awards will, for the first time, take place in Brooklyn, rather than in Manhattan.  Believe it or not, this year marks the 30th installment of the VMAs.  And while the show used to focus much more on the awards, these days, the big draw is the performances.

On tap to open the show is Lady Gaga , in her first big public performance since she canceled her Born this Way Ball earlier this year due to a hip injury.  Speaking to the U.K. radio station KISS FM, Gaga said of her performance, "I don't want to give any specifics, because of course I want everyone to be surprised, but it is the most physically challenging performance I've done...ever."

She added that the performance will be "beautiful" and "so indicative of me as an artist."  "We've been planning it for a very long time. I've been rehearsing every single day until my feet bleed," she gushed. "I'm so excited. I mean, I can't wait."  Gaga also pointed out that her Born This Way Ball tour was canceled after 99 performances, so she'll consider this one her 100th.  "It's kind of exciting. I've definitely have thought of nothing else since my show ended," she said of her return to the stage.

Closing the show -- and sitting next to Gaga in the audience, apparently -- will be Katy Perry , performing "Roar" outdoors, from an undisclosed location.  During that segment, the name of Katy's next single, voted on by fans, will be revealed.  And in between that, you'll see Miley Cyrus , Robin Thicke , Kanye West and Bruno Mars , among others.  In addition, Justin Timberlake will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from his pal Jimmy Fallon and, rumor has it, he'll will stage a reunion with his group 'N SYNC .  Emeli Sande will present, as well as Taylor Swift , and hopefully she'll stay away from Kanye.

Justin Timberlake has six nods going into the awards; Bruno Mars has four.  Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus have three each.  fun. is up for two trophies, including Best Pop Video for "Carry On," which shows the group in various New York City locations. 

Explaining their decision to set the clip in the band's hometown, frontman Nate Ruess tells ABC News Radio, "I think that that video shows a lot of who we are when we're at home. And New York is an important place as far as the album Some Nights is concerned because...lyrically when I think about it...I think of every scene and what the lyrics mean to me and they all take place in New York."  Just like this year's VMAs.

Here's a select list of nominees:  

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop"
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Fun., "Carry On"
Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
Ed Sheeran, "Lego House"
Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"
Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"
Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay Z, "Suit & Tie"
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, "Feel This Moment"
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, "I Need Your Love"
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason"

Best Video with a Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, "People Like Us"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"
Snoop Lion, "No Guns Allowed"
Miguel, "Candles in the Sun"
Beyoncé, "I Was Here"

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"
Fall Out Boy, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"
Thirty Seconds to Mars, "Up in the Air"
Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young"

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