2016 MTV VMA: 5 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets You Won't See On TV
Swag bags, Moonman secrets, red carpet sass and much more...
The 2016 MTV VMA are upon us, and we are literally all the excite.
Rihanna, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and many more are all set to perform, in what's set to be one EPIC show. Kanye West's even been given a four minute slot to do whatever he wants. Things are going to get amazing.
Yet while you can watch the main show on TV when it airs (Sunday 28th in the US, Monday 29th around the world), there are plenty of behind-the-scenes shenanigans that won't make the final show. Luckily, your intrepid Team MTV International have been on the ground, picking up all the behind-the-scenes secrets you never knew you needed in your life.
Holding The VMA Moonman IS A FULL TIME JOB
The Moonman is as iconic an award statuette as they come (Oscar really is so meh in comparison). So it's no surprise that during the pre-show venue showcase, the one that was being pimped around for people to look at was well-guarded.
So well-guarded that it was one woman's job to spend all day as its security guard. HER WHOLE JOB WAS TO LOOK AFTER A STATUE. Obvs, we nabbed a photo with said Moonman.
The Celeb Swag Bag Is Sick
Award shows are well-known for gifting their attendees some seriously boss goodie bags, and the VMAs is no exception.
We got a sneak peek into the goodie bags that'll be handed out to celebrity nominees, presenters and performers - they include Bose headphones, Rihanna's sexy smelling 'Crush', stays at some of the world's swankest resorts and much more. Check out the full rundonw of what's included here.
The Red carpet is full of so much random crazy
Sure, you get an idea of the general celeb-stuffed craziness by watching the livestream and checking out the literal gabillions of photos spreading out across the interwebs. But that's approximately 5% of the general weirdness unfolding IRL.
Things we spotted during the bonkers crush...
Sean Diddy Combs literally sprinting to hug Naomi Campbell. Mad.
Amber Rose responding to a question about Kanye by fiercely striding away.
The stars of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Season 2 utterly OWNING the red carpet with dresses aping some of the VMAs most iconic outfits.
The Pre-Parties Are Almost as amazing as the main show
The Friday and Saturday nights before the main event saw New York's Terminal 5 overtaken by some of music's hottest stars for two pre-parties of epic brilliance.
Tove Lo, Nathan Sykes, Phantogram, Bebe Rexha, Flo Rida and Cash Cash all took to the stage to kickstart the VMAs with a bang. Even more amazingly, because one of the sponsors was Taco Bell, Saturday's gigs were occasionally interrupted by servers striding into the room with SURPRISE BURRITO DELIVERIES.
Even the employee merch is badass
Wander around Madison Square Gardens in the days leading up to the show, and you'd have spotted more than a few production staff sporting some snazzy VMA-branded merch. We're particular fans of this subtle backpack. WE'LL TAKE 17 PLS.
You can watch the 2016 MTV VMA pre-show Monday at 8pm on MTV UK before the main show kicks off at 9pm featuring performances from Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears & G-Eazy, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, The Chainsmokers & Halsey and more…