MTV Video Music Awards: Host Miley Cyrus Reveals What to Expect
The singer and the show's producers open up about tonight's show.
By ANDREA DRESDALE
August 30, 2015, 4:01 AM
• 4 min read
-- Two years after the twerk heard 'round the world, and a year after she won the top prize, Miley Cyrus returns to the MTVVideo Music Awards tonight as the host.
Complaining that last year's show had "no energy," she told The New York Times this year's installment will be "psychedelic and raw."
"What I’m trying to do is create my Instagram -- which people love to think is so freaky -- in real life," she said. "It’s letting people into my world."
Cyrus explained that the decision to have her host came from Van Toffler, one of the show's executive producers, who is leaving the company.
"He's leaving, so he can’t get fired. He was like, 'I want to do something crazy -- I want you to host the VMAs, because I want that to be my last shebang.'" she said. "It’s like 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.'"
Added Toffler in an interview with ABC News: "She has a nice, fun history with the show, but she’s grown up since then."
The singer insisted that for her hosting gig, she wouldn't let the producers make jokes about her 2013 performance with Robin Thicke, which shocked the world at the time. Cyrus, now 22, said she still doesn't understand the hype around her dance moves.
"When you look at it now, it looks like I’m playing hopscotch," she said. "Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can’t believe that was a big deal. It wasn’t shocking at all."
So what is she planning to do? No jokes, and no actual monologue, she tells the paper, just "fun skits." And of course, there will be plenty of performances, including those by Cyrus, Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipient Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas.
"There’s always mayhem... we particularly like to put the combustible elements in one room together and then stand back, ‘cause that’s what makes a show really special," said Toffler. "People feel the stage is special when they go up there to perform... they’re mindful of the heritage of the prior performances in the show and... they feel like, 'I wanna create a moment.'"
"It's gonna be a wild and crazy night," agreed executive producer Garrett English. "There are gonna be moments that will be resonating for days to come, I'm sure."
The 2015 MTV VMAs will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 30, at 9 p.m. ET. The pre-show starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT.