What you need to know for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV's 36th annual VMAs will air live on Sunday, hosted by Katy Perry.

The 36th annual awards show is also shaking things up this year by doing away with gender-specific categories and replacing them with the more general Artist of the Year category. That means Kendrick Lamar, who leads with eight nominations, will go head to head with Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and more. And the coveted Moonman trophy has been renamed Moon Person.

That hasn't stopped Perry from calling herself the show's "Moonwoman" ahead of Sunday's broadcast. Not only will she host, she is also scheduled to give a space-themed performance.

Rumors are that Perry will start the show with a grand entrance, descending from the ceiling. Viewers should also expect Lamar to open the 2017 VMAs.

The MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. Here's what you need to know before you see the show:

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