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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV(NEW YORK) -- Returning to the East Coast for the first time since 2009, this Sunday's 30th MTV Video Music Awards will, for the first time, take place in Brooklyn, rather than in Manhattan.

The big draws this year will be the performances. On tap to open the show is Lady Gaga, in her first big public performance since she canceled her tour earlier this year due to a hip injury. Speaking to the U.K. radio station KISS FM, Gaga said of her performance, "I don't want to give any specifics, because of course I want everyone to be surprised, but it is the most physically challenging performance I've done...ever."

She added that the performance will be "beautiful" and "so indicative of me as an artist."  "We've been planning it for a very long time. I've been rehearsing every single day until my feet bleed," she gushed. "I'm so excited. I mean, I can't wait."  Gaga also pointed out that her tour was canceled after 99 performances, so she'll consider this one her 100th.  "It's kind of exciting. I've definitely have thought of nothing else since my show ended," she said of her return to the stage.

Closing the show will be Katy Perry, performing Roar outdoors, from an undisclosed location.  During that segment, the name of Katy's next single, voted on by fans, will be revealed.

The most anticipated part of the night may be Justin Timberlake, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and is rumored to reunite on stage with pop group 'N SYNC.

Presenters include Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Leto, Kevin Hart, Emeli Sandé and A$AP Rocky.

Viewers will also get their first look at footage from the upcoming movie Divergent, presented by the movie's stars, Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

As for the awards, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are tied for the most nominations, with six each. Bruno Mars has four; Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Thirty Seconds to Mars have three each. Fun is up for two trophies, including Best Pop Video for Carry On, which shows the group in various New York City locations.

Explaining their decision to set the clip in the band's hometown, frontman Nate Ruess tells ABC News Radio, "I think that that video shows a lot of who we are when we're at home. And New York is an important place as far as the album Some Nights is concerned because...lyrically when I think about it...I think of every scene and what the lyrics mean to me and they all take place in New York."

Here are the nominations:

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, Thrift Shop
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Fun., Carry On
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop
Selena Gomez, Come and Get It

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven
Ed Sheeran, Lego House
Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, Stay
Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, Just Give Me a Reason
Demi Lovato, Heart Attack

Best Hip Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Drake, Started from the Bottom
Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F--kin' Problems
J. Cole feat. Miguel, Power Trip

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay Z, Suit & Tie
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, Feel This Moment
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, I Need Your Love
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, Just Give Me a Reason

Best Video with a Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, People Like Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Same Love
Snoop Lion, No Guns Allowed
Miguel, Candles in the Sun
Beyoncé, I Was Here

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Twenty One Pilots, Holding On to You
Zedd feat. Foxes, Clarity
Austin Mahone, What About Love
The Weeknd, Wicked Games
Iggy Azalea, Work

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Fall Out Boy, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
Vampire Weekend, Diane Young

Best Art Direction
Capital Cities, Safe and Sound
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, Q.U.E.E.N
Lana Del Rey, National Anthem
Alt-J, Tesselate

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, Fine China
Ciara, Body Party
Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, Live It Up
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, #thatPOWER
Bruno Mars, Treasure

Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Up in the Air
Lana Del Rey, Ride
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, Tuna Melt

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z, Suit & Tie
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sacrilege
Fun., Carry On
Drake, Started from the Bottom

Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, Just Give Me a Reason
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, Sweet Nothing
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can't Hold Us
Justin Timberlake, Mirrors
Miley Cyrus, We Can't Stop

Best Visual Effects

Capital Cities, Safe and Sound
Duck Sauce, It's You
Flying Lotus, Tony Tortures
Skrillex feat. the Doors, Breakn' a Sweat
The Weeknd, Wicked Games

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