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How to watch the MTV Video Music Awards

MTV's Video Music Awards kicked off Monday night. The annual video awards show broadcasts live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and featured performances from some of music's biggest stars, including Queen Latifah, Lizzo and Lil Nas X. 

How to watch the VMAs

  • Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET/PT
  • Location: Prudential Center — Newark, New Jersey
  • Host: Sebastian Maniscalco 
  • TV channel: MTV
  • Follow: VMAs live blog from

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Sebastian Maniscalco, host of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards
Sebastian Maniscalco, host of the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards MTV

Missy Elliott, who is also performing, will receive the show's highest honor, the Video Vanguard Award. The VMAs will also mark comedian Sebastian Maniscalco's debut as an awards show host.

According to Billboard, Maniscalco's four-show run at New York's Madison Square Garden earlier this year was the highest-grossing comedy event ever in North America. On "CBS This Morning," he acknowledged hosting the VMAs will be unfamiliar territory.

"I don't really know a lot about music," Maniscalco said Wednesday. "You know, I know it from afar. I've been studying. I just found out who Normani is."

The singer is also performing at the show, and the video for her song "Waves," featuring 6lack, was nominated in the best R&B category. Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift tied for the most nominations with 10 each. Billie Eilish scored the second-most nominations with nine. 

Swift, one of the performers at tonights VMAs, talked to "CBS Sunday Morning," saying there's a different vocabulary for men and women used in the music industry today.

"A man does something, it's 'strategic'; a woman does the same thing, it's 'calculated,'" Swift said in a clip of the interview released Friday. "A man is allowed to 'react'; a woman can only 'overreact.' … It goes on and on and on. A man does something 'confident and bold.' A woman does it the same way, and she's 'smug.' A man 'stands up for himself'; a woman 'throws a temper tantrum.'"

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