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MTV moves the time of the VMAs (Video Music Awards) an hour earlier so there will be no conflict between the awards and President Obama’s speech at the DNC.
A spokesperson for MTV informed The Wrap, "We [MTV] are airing the show on Thursday, September 6th from 8 - 10 p.m., as opposed to our traditional 9 - 11 p.m. timeslot to avoid conflict with the Democratic National Convention proceedings that evening.”
President Obama will be accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination at the DNC sometime after 10 p.m. MTV wants to make sure viewers have the opportunity to watch both the VMAs and the president’s acceptance speech.
Comedian Kevin Hart is hosting the award show, according to MTV. Singer Katy Perry is presenting the first category, Best Pop Video.
Rihanna will be opening the show by singing her song, "Cockiness (Love It).” One Direction, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Pink, Frank Ocean, and Alicia Keys are also slated to perform.
A pre-show featuring Demi Lovato will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 6. The VMAs will immediately follow at 8 p.m. ET.