MTV VMA 2013 Live Blog: Everything You Need to Know

The MTV Video Music Awards debuted in 1984, and over the past 29 have made a name for themselves as the most unpredictable, outrageous, and memorable award show of the year. Think: Madonna and Britney locking lips, Kid Rock and Tommy Lee fighting during an Alicia Keys performance and, of course, the immortalized Kanye-West/Taylor Swift moment that launched a billion Yeezy haters. While we can't predict this year's most outrageous moments, a quick scan of the heavily nominated videos proves this year's VMAs might be the most controversial yet. 

Thanks to a few hotly-debated videos of late, the VMA nominees come equipped with built-in followers and built-in haters. Topping that list of contested vides are Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." As fate, and ratings would have it those are two of the night's most nominated videos (both songs have three nominations). "Blurred Lines" is also nominated for Video Of the Year, and if it wins, internet calamity will inevitably ensue. 

After the ratings debacle that was last year's VMAs (the awards show only racked up 6 million views), the ceremony is going host-less in 2013. Rather than a traditional single-host format, the show will focus more on performances and surprise moments — viral internet fodder will abound. 

The ceremony kicks off at 9 p.m. on Sunday night, and PolicyMic will be live blogging all the brouhaha. Stay tuned for all our commentary, and share yours in the comment section below. 

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Elena Sheppard

Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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