There’s one night a year when everyone in the music industry can get crazy and get away with it—the MTV Video Music Awards! And this year is gearing up to be another unforgettable one. While years past brought us meat dresses and Taylor Swift interruptions, 2012 is the Year of Call Me Maybe,” epic breakup songs that shoot straight to #1, and a wave of Beliebers and One Directioners. Let’s all get amped up for the big event by understanding what’s to come—read below for the who, what, where, when, and why of this year’s MTV VMAs. Tell us: Will you be watching? 

WHO’S PERFORMING
Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and that’s not all! >> Read the full story

THE NOMINEES ARE…
Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, and the list goes on! >> Read the full story

WHEN TO WATCH
The events start at 8 p.m. EST, thanks to President Obama! >> Read the full story

THE BEST MOMENTS IN YEARS PAST
What Everyone Wore to in 2011 >> Read the full story
Katy Perry’s Awesome VMA Manicures >> Read the full story 
Britney Spears’s VMA Style History >> Read the full story
The VMAs Most Shocking Moments >> Read the full story