Six performances to watch at 2014 VMAs

(KSDK) – The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air Sunday night chock full of good tunes, the top musical performers and – as anticipated – probably some memorable moments.

From Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke to Beyonce's baby bump surprise, the surprises tend to vary but the powerhouse talent never ceases to amaze.

Here's six things you can easily watch for during the 2014 VMAs.

  1. For the first time ever (seriously) Maroon 5 will perform at the VMAs. Frontman and NBC The Voice coach Adam Levine told USA Today that the group felt like "uninvited dinner guests" in previous years, but the boys will finally get a chance to perform on the big stage. The band is anticipated to perform "Maps," its latest single, which will be on their new album V hitting shelves Sept. 2.
  2. While not the top woman of the night, rapper Nicki Minaj will be pulling triple duty on the VMAs' stage. She'll be joining Jessie J and Ariana Grande on stage for the opening number of "Bang Bang." She'll also team up with Usher to perform his latest single, "She Came to Give it to You." Before the night is over, Minaj will perform her popular song "Anaconda" live for the first time.
  3. What do you get when you combine one of the hottest rising artists with another hot sensation? Usually this means an enticing VMA performance, which could be the case with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora as the two blonde bombshells perform "Black Widow."
  4. Beyonce is not only leading in nominations, but she's the woman of honor as she's set to receive the VMAs biggest honor, the Video Vanguard Award. Past recipients have included Justin Timberlake, the Beastie Boys and Michael Jackson, so it's a big deal. Plus, she'll also be one of the most anticipating showstoppers of the night.
  5. Taylor Swift is known for her country ballads, but earlier this week, she announced that she'll fully cross the line into pop with her new album "1989." Her VMA appearances have been memorable (let's think Kanye West's interruption in 2009), but her first pop performance might make it a vague memory.
  6. British singer Sam Smith has set the radio and music charts non fire with his song "Stay with Me," with it peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This will be his first major showcase in the United States, but probably won't be his last.


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