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How to watch the MTV Video Music Awards

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The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will be on Monday, August 20, at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, home of the very first VMAs. MTV has been keeping a tight lid on who’s hosting this year, but Katy Perry did the honors in 2017, and 2018 promises to deliver even more star-studded goodness.

Who will take home a Moonman this year? There’s only one way to find out.

What time do the MTV VMAs start?

The 2018 VMAs will begin at 9 p.m. EST, an hour later than last year, with the red-carpet show starting at 7 p.m. Judging from previous shows, you won’t want to miss it. The mystery of the host, if any, remains tantalizingly unsolved—last year Katy Perry was announced only a month before the ceremony.

How to watch the MTV Music Video Awards 2018

The easiest way to watch the VMAs is through Use a VPN to get front row seats to this year’s hottest event.

Here is how you could stream the 2018 VMAs with a VPN:

  • Use ExpressVPN to connect to a server in the U.S.
  • Head to
  • Follow the prompts to log in or sign up (you can also get a one-time 24-hour viewing pass by signing in to your Facebook or Twitter account)
  • Enter your date of birth and stream away!

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Channels streaming the MTV VMAs

If your cable package includes MTV, you can watch the VMAs on MTV’s free app, available on iTunes, Google Play, and Chromecast. Viewers can also live stream the VMAs on Apple TV or SlingTV.

2018 MTV VMA performers

While the network hasn’t announced all the performers yet, the line-up is already staggering, with Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, and Post Malone taking the stage on the night. Cardi B will be opening the award show, but she will not be performing. Michael Jackson Video Vanguard recipient Jennifer Lopez will also be performing. Here’s the complete list of performers who’ve been announced so far:

  • Nicki Minaj
  • Travis Scott
  • Post Malone
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ariana Grande
  • Logic & Ryan Tedder
  • Panic! at the Disco
    And more to come!

2018 MTV VMA nominations

Dozens of awards are up for grabs this year, but most eyes will be on the five big ones, including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. Cardi B has received the most nominations with 10, and The Carters follow with eight.

Here are the nominees for the five biggest awards:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Post Malone – Republic Records

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records

Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records
Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” – Warner Bros. Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” – Epic Records/Nuyorican Productions
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” – Def Jam Recordings
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – i am OTHER/Columbia Records

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