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FILE - In this May 22, 2016 file photo, Britney Spears performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. Spears will return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage to perform her new single, “Make Me...,” at the Aug. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York. She last performed at the 2007 VMAs. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Here's what to expect from the MTV VMAs


The MTV Video Music Awards are back in New York City, and this year, show organizers are expecting stars to start talking politics, according to ABC News. 

"By all means, in a political year, we're counting on artists to take this moment and address young America and give them some point of view of what's going on in the world," MTV executive Erik Flannigan told ABC News.

But of course, show organizers are also counting on some big musical moments. 

Britney Spears is set to perform during Sunday night's show. Flannigan told ABC News that the pop star knows what she's done on the show before and will likely try to top it. 

He added that her performance of her latest hit "Make Me" will be "unprecedented." 

Here's just a quick flashback to Britney's 2001 VMAs performance when she sashayed across the stage with an albino Burmese python on her shoulders: 

What else is exciting about this year's VMAs? 

Well, for the first time, the VMAs are being held at New York's Madison Square Garden. 

"We always knew that the show needed to be in that room," Garrett English, the executive producer of this year's show, told CNN. "For us and for artists and for music and culture aficionados, Madison Square Garden represents one of the greatest stages in the world and one of the most iconic venues in entertainment that exists."

The U.S. women's gymnastics team members and Micheal Phelps will be on stage tonight as presenters. 

Flannigan said they will likely be the people everyone wants to take a photo with. 

Some of the performers for Sunday night's show include G-Eazy, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas, Ty Dolla $ign, The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

The MTV VMAs are set to air at 8 p.m. EST. 

Check out the nominees here.

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