Beyonce is set to have a “Flawless” night at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The singer will perform during Sunday night's show at The Forum in Inglewood. She leads in nominations with eight, including video of the year for “Drunk in Love.”
The 32-year-old will also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, a lifetime achievement honor also bestowed to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. Last year, pop icon Justin Timberlake received the honors.
Beyonce caused a stir last weekend when she released a Nicki Minaj-assisted remix to her song “Flawless,” where the singer raps and references the leaked elevator video of her sister Solange attacking Jay Z. Beyonce's collaborative tour with her husband wrapped its U.S. dates on Wednesday. They will play two shows in Paris next month.
But hopefully the only “Bang” of the night will the award show's opening act.
Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's show with their new song, “Bang Bang.” It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit live together.
Grande and Minaj will also perform separately.
Another hyped performance of the night is that of Taylor Swift, who announced her forthcoming album “1989” earlier this week, from which she released her first single “Shake it Off.” If the single's music video is any indication of the MTV performance, it should include quite a bit of quirky dancing by the singer.
Other performers include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea, who has seven nominations. Eminem is also nominated for seven moonmen.
The award show will air 9 p.m. Sunday on MTV.
Staff writer Stephanie Cary contributed to this story.