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Nicki Minaj to Open 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

nicky performs - sonogramIt’s a Moonman!

Rapper, singer, global icon and cultural provocateur Nicki Minaj today announced that she will perform to open the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards,” airing this Sunday, August 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Slyly poking fun at the latest gossip headlines, Minaj made the revelation to her 32 million followers on Instagram by posting an image of an adorable, tiny, gestating…MTV Moonman.

Having just concluded her global, sold-out tour, The Pinkprint Tour, Minaj returns to a VMA stage that she can rightfully call home.  Minaj made her VMA debut in the 2010 “MTV Video Music Awards” pre-show; took to the main stage in 2012 to join Alicia Keys on “Girl on Fire;” and bounced through a performance of her mega-hit “Anaconda” in 2014.

The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. In addition, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots are confirmed to perform. Presenters will be announced at a later date.

In addition, MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards.” As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music.

Artists who win a 2015 “Video Music Award” will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this year’s show.

The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Van Toffler, Stephen Friedman, Amy Doyle and Garrett English are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive In Charge of Production for MTV. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards include: CLEAN & CLEAR®, COVERGIRL®, Orbit® Gum, PEPSI®, Samsung Galaxy, State Farm®, Taco Bell®, Trojan™ Brand Condoms, and truth®.

About MTV:

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.