2019 MTV VMAs: Everything You Should Know Before Watching Tonight

We’re only a few hours out until the VMAs commence in New Jersey!

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IT’S TIME Y’ALL — THE MTV VMAs ARE HAPPENING TODAY! 

The 2019 MTV VMAs are taking over the entire state of New Jersey, airing LIVE from the Prudential Center in Newark beginning at 8PM ET/PT on MTV.

Whether you scored an invite or hosting a watch party with your friends, tonight’s show is expected to be the biggest VMAs yet. With a star-studded lineup of performers, exciting collaborations and talented nominees, the ceremony will be the BEST two and a half hours not only of your week, but ALL summer.

To make sure you are fully prepared tonight, Celeb Secrets put together a cheat sheet on all things VMAs. From a complete list of celebs walking the red carpet to where to watch and more, this list has got ya covered.

Give us a follow on Twitter at @celebsecrets and IG at @celebsecrets, as we’ll be live tweeting (and Instagramming) the best moments from both the red carpet and the live show. 

When are the VMAs?

The 2019 MTV VMAs air TONIGHT, August 26th @ 8PM ET/PT on MTV. They are taking place LIVE from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Who is hosting the ceremony?

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will host the VMAs for the very first time! From his early days performing at open mics to a historic sold out run at Madison Square Garden, Maniscalco has earned his place as one of the top comics in the world. He was the 2018 Billboard “Comedian of the Year” and was included on Forbes’ 2017 and 2018 list of “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians.

Where can you watch the show?

You can watch the 2019 MTV VMAs LIVE on MTV, MTV.com, and the network’s app.

What’s going down on the red carpet? 

The pre-show leading up to the 2019 MTV VMAs is probably one of the best parts of the entire night. Fans will have a front row seat to all the jaw-dropping looks the celebs will be wearing on the red carpet while Terrence J, and Nessa, along with special correspondent Zara Larsson will talk to nominees and performers as they make their way into the venue.  Ava Max, CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion will be performing at the pre-show, and the winner of the “2019 Push Artist of the Year” award will be presented by 2018 winner Hayley Kiyoko.

The MTV Live Pre-Show begins at 7PM on MTV.

Who is nominated?

Female powerhouses Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift top the list with ten nominations each, and will compete for “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Best Pop,” “Best Direction,” “Best Visual Effects,” “Best Editing,” “Best Art Direction,” and “Best Cinematography.” Pop newcomer Billie Eilish is up for nine categories this year, with Lil Nas X collecting eight nominations for his smash hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus.

To view a full list of nominees here and our winner predictions here.

Marc Jacobs will receive the first-ever MTV Fashion Trailblazer Award which, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), will honor a fashion designer who has made an indelible impact within the world of music-artist fashion.

Missy Elliott will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the ceremony, and is scheduled to perform a medley of hits for fans in the audience and watching at home. It’s no surprise that she’s receiving one of MTV’s highest honors and joining the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Kanye WestRihanna, and P!nk.

What about the performers?

The lineup of performers is what we’re looking forward to most this year.

Taylor Swift will be opening the show tonight with a performance that everyone will be talking about tomorrow morning. The 2019 VMAs will mark Taylor’s first major televised performance following the release of her highly anticipated album, “Lover,” and will be the first time she’s on the VMAs stage since her “Bad Blood” performance in 2015.

For the first time ever, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes will take the stage together at the 2019 VMAs to perform their hit single “Señorita,” which debuted at number one on iTunes worldwide and broke Spotify’s record for the biggest debut from a male/female duet in its history.

The Jonas Brothers pre-taped their performance at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, singing songs like “Sucker,” “Only Human,” and more.

Additional performers include A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, H.E.R., Normani, and Ozuna, as well as Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and Rosalia.

And presenters?

Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger & Ashlyn Harris (US Women’s National Soccer Team), Bebe Rexha, Billy Ray Cyrus, French Montana, Hailee Steinfeld, Ice-T, John Travolta, Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye), Keke Palmer, Lenny Kravitz, Lindsey Vonn (Olympic Athlete and Entrepreneur), Megan Thee Stallion, P.K. Subban (New Jersey Devils), Rick Ross, Salt-N-Pepa and Victor Cruz are all confirmed to present the coveted moon person to this year’s biggest nominees. In addition, the stars of The Sopranos are reuniting for one night only — Drea De Matteo (who portrayed Adriana La Cerva), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (who portrayed Meadow Soprano), Vincent Pastore (who portrayed Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero) will be on hand to present at the 2019 VMAs.

What else do I need to know?

You can still vote for “Best New Artist!” This year’s nominees are Ava Max, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Lizzo and ROSALÍA, and you can cast your vote here.

Just in case you forgot, make sure to tune in to the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards TONIGHT, August 26th @ 8PM ET/PT on MTV! 

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.