MTV has added more live events to the upcoming VMAs, confirming that Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj will both perform live at this year’s event. The duo will hit the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” stage to perform “Side to Side,” a track off Grande’s third full-length album, “Dangerous Woman.”
The 2016 VMAs will air LIVE from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden for the first time ever on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. This year the VMAs will forego a traditional host and feature an ensemble cast to cover the action. Presenters for this year’s show include Sean “Diddy” Combs aka Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Ansel Elgort, Bebe Rexha, Fifth Harmony, Jaden Smith, Kim Kardashian West, Rita Ora, Shameik Moore and Tove Lo.
MTV has confirmed that additional presenters will be announced at a later date.
Grande and Minaj were both at the 2014 VMAs, they opening the show with a medley of Grande’s “Break Free,” Minaj’s “Anaconda” and the Jesse J collaboration “Bang Bang.” That same year, Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, won the Moonman for “Best Pop Video.”
Also hitting the main-stage that night are Britney Spears and G-Eazy, Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla $ign, and Future with Video Vanguard recipient Rihanna.
As we mentioned before, Grande just released her third studio album, “Dangerous Woman” (Republic Records), which skyrocketed to #1 on the charts, Grande became the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums. Her two previous albums, 2013’s “Yours Truly” and its 2014 follow-up “My Everything,” earned Grande accolades and titles that haven’t been broken since Michael Jackson.
Minaj continues to break records and impact pop culture at large. Her two-time platinum selling and critically lauded third full-length album, “The Pinkprint,” arrived at the top of both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Minaj recently made history when she occupied the four top 10 spots on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, becoming the first female artist to achieve the feat.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Garrett English, Erik Flannigan, Sandy Alouete, Lee Lodge and Jen Jones are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive in Charge of Production for MTV. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent.