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It’s that time of year again. MTV’s Video Music Awards are finally upon us, and with Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose confirming that they’re expecting during the red carpet, the news making moments are already starting to roll in.

Comedian Kevin Hart is steering the VMAs ship, while Rihanna and Drake are up for the most trophies. The rapper and singer, who were once linked to each other, are both seated very close together, with Katy Perry in the middle (we have to assume that this was a strategic placement tactic by MTV producers).

Making for a potentially awkward moment, Chris Brown is also billed to show up at the ceremony.

We won’t know until later tonight whether or not Rih Rih and Drizzy will be victorious in grabbing moon men for categories such as Album of the Year and the coveted, Video of the Year awards. So for now, take a look at some of the Hip-Hop and R&B stars who hit the carpet (and the beautiful Zoey Saldana).

With so many big names fighting to be the lead story on tomorrow’s headlines, expect  to see some interesting/fashion-forward outfit choices (like that of Ms. Nicki Minaj), in the gallery below.

The VMAs air at 8 p.m. EST on MTV.


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Photos: MTV/Getty/AP