MTV Video Music Awards to open with a ''Bang, Bang''


MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that Jessie JNicki Minaj and Ariana Grande will hit the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” stage on Monday, 25 August at 8am (WIB) and 9am (SG/MAL/PH) to perform their hit song “Bang, Bang” for the first time ever. The trio will open the show with a powerhouse performance that is sure to get the night off to a great start. Critically acclaimed, singer-songwriter, “MTV Artist to Watch” alum and 2014 “mtvU Woodies” festival performer, Sam Smith will make his U.S. award show performance debut during the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards”. Jessie J and Sam Smith join previously announced performers UsherAriana Grande5 Seconds of SummerMaroon 5Iggy AzaleaBEYONCÉNicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. Recently announced presenters include Gwen StefaniKim KardashianDemi LovatoLordeTaylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, Dylan O'Brien, Nina Dobrev, Jason Derulo and Trey Songz.

“When I was the VMA House Artist in 2011 I had a broken foot and I sat on the side stage dreaming about being on that main stage,” said Jessie J. “So when I say that this performance is a dream come true for me, I truly mean it. And to be able to share this moment with superstars like Ariana and Nicki, it’s going to be such an amazing night!”

Immediately following the performance of “Bang, Bang” on the VMA stage, the music video will premiere globally across MTV’s online platforms around the world. Watch it at

Jessie J’s debut album, Who You Are [LAVA], marked the debut of a global icon when it reached #1 and was certified multi-platinum in over 15 countries. She has sold over 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide to date. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist was also the 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador. Her smash “Price Tag” reached #1 in 18 major territories. Who You Are also yielded an astonishing six Top 10 singles including the hit “Domino.” Among other accolades, Jessie J was the recipient of the 2011 Critics Choice BRIT Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2011 honor.

With his soulful sound and passionate vocals, Sam Smith has taken the music world by storm with his hits including “Stay With Me” and “Leave Your Lover” and is certain to deliver a powerful first-time VMA performance that will leave the audience wanting more.

“I have watched the VMAs every year since I was a kid,” said Sam Smith. I am so insanely nervous but also so honoured to be performing. This truly is a pinch yourself moment for me.”

Nominated in this year’s “Artist to Watch” category, Sam Smith will also vie for the “Best Male Video” during the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Smith recently made U.S. pop music history with his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, selling more copies in its first week of release than any other debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan. Beginning in September, he will embark on his second sold-out North American tour.

Additionally, VMA Nominee and music phenomenon Lorde, multi-platinum artist Demi LovatoTaylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba from the cast of “Orange is the New Black,” Dylan O’Brien from the forthcoming “Maze Runner” and from MTV’s hit series “Teen Wolf,” “Vampire Diaries’” actress Nina Dobrev, pop singer Jason Derulo and R&B crooner Trey Songz have been confirmed as presenters at the biggest, loudest, and at times most controversial, celebration of music of the year, the "MTV Video Music Awards." To keep the live crowd moving throughout the night, DJ Mustard will serve as the House DJ.

DJ Mustard, born Dijon McFarlane, is a DJ and producer. The Los Angeles-born native has coined the “ratchet” sound, bringing a hot, new and different sound to hip-hop. In just three years, Mustard constructed a registry of hits for the likes of Tyga ("Rack City"), 2 Chainz ("I'm Different"), Young Jeezy ("R.I.P."), Kid Ink ("Show Me"), Y.G. ("My HItta"), and nabbed collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, T-Pain, Trey Songz, and more. Mustard executive produced YG’s debut album “My Krazy Life” which peaked #2 on Billboard 200, #1 R&B/Hip-Hop, & #1 Rap charts. His debut album 10 Summers will be available at digital retailers worldwide beginning 25 August.

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