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Rihanna, Britney Spears to perform at MTV Video Music Awards

Rihanna will receive the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Photograph: (Getty)

WION New York, NY, United States Aug 26, 2016, 08.17 AM (IST)

Some of the biggest stars in the world of music will descend on New York's Madison Square Garden for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The singers who are expected to perform at the event include Rihanna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas.

Beyonce leads the nominations with a career-high 11 nods, Adele has notched seven and Rihanna has multiple nods for her collaborations with DJ Calvin Harris on "This is What You Came For," and with Drake on "Work."

Rihanna receives the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award - the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. 

"I think everyone wants to tune in for Rihanna. What she's doing with the Video Vanguard moment is like no one has ever done," executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic said on Thursday.

The always unpredictable rapper Kanye West will attend and be seated in the front row with his reality star wife, Kim Kardashian. Producers will not say whether he will perform.

"We were happy to have him coming and I'm excited to hear what he's going to do," Ignjatovic said.

Other celebrity presenters include US Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and the Rio gold medal-winning women's gymnastics team.

The show will air live on MTV on August 28.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)


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