everything you need to know about the 2014 mtv vmas

like who got snubbed + who will come out on top.

by jamie lichay and jennifer suzukawa-tseng

The craziness of last year's VMAs is still burned into our brains (hello, Miley and Robin's twerk-fest!), but with a new Inglewood, California location, an as-yet-to-be-announced host, and a lineup of performers that would make Coachella-goers jealous, it's obvious that MTV is going for broke for 2014. 

Some of our favorite newcomers like Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, and Ariana Grande might be racking up the noms in an impresssive way, but let's be real--veteran Bey is still showing the newbies how it's done. And after the N'SYNC reunion last year, our expectations are set high as far as performances go. But thanks to an Usher performance, we have no doubts the crooner will bring back some of his '90s hits—think "U Remind Me."  

Knowing MTV, this is only the beginning...so while we wait to see what will go down at the massive August 24th event, click through the slideshow to find out everything you need to know about the 2014 VMAs right this second.  

P.S. Get even more deets on the nominees here! 

photo by kenneth capello

Our NYLON Guys cover boy, Usher, will open the show with new music, four years after his epic 2010 performance.

photo via ariana grande facebook

Ariana Grande will perform her new single “Break Free.” Hopefully Iggy Azalea will make an appearance (our fingers are crossed)! You also can pick up Ariana's new album, "My Everything," right after the VMAs (so you can get a first listen to her new tunes one day before everyone else!)

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You can thank Miley Cyrus and her raunchy performance last year for the minor delay in the usually “Live” show.

All nominees were announced via your favorite app, Snapchat.

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Not surprisingly, Beyonce has the highest number of nominations (eight) for "Partition," "Drunk In Love," and "Pretty Hurts." Eminem and Iggy Azalea aren't too far from the Queen with seven nominations each.

Underdog Sia is up for Video of the year for “Chandelier” against heavyweights like Beyonce and Jay Z for “Drunk in Love”, Miley Cyrus for “Wrecking Ball,” and Pharrell Williams for “Happy.”

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Kanye is up against Drake, Childish Gambino, Wiz Khalifa, and Eminem for Best Hip Hop Video …we’d love to see his face if he isn’t victorious.

photo via "lose yourself to dance" music video

As expected, there were some major snubs. The most shocking include "Lose Yourself to Dance" by Daft Punk and Pharrell, Neon Trees' "Sleeping With a Friend" and Coldplay's "Magic."