Yep, that's where Jennifer Lopez will sit during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Aug. 20, 2018. 

Yep, that's where Jennifer Lopez will sit during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Aug. 20, 2018. 

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Queen-of-the-moment Cardi B is scheduled to open this year's Video Music Awards. But she'll have to fall back as they honor the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Monday, Aug. 20.

Unlike the tightly scripted Grammy Awards and the little-bit-looser American Music Awards, the VMAs are prone to disruption. But even this platform knows when to bow down; Franklin, 76, died Thursday at home in Detroit.

As usual, though, it's all about the performances. Performers include Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic, Panic at the Disco, Maluma and Aerosmith. Nicki Minaj, who just came off a string of tweets about album sales for her latest release, Queen, is also scheduled to perform. So is Travis Scott, whose album Astroworld beat hers out for No. 1, prompting the tingly Twitter fingers. 

Never fear, though, because North Texas always represents and provides needed distraction: this time, it's Post Malone.

Jennifer Lopez will take home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award "for her influential contributions to music, television, dance, film, business and philanthropy." One has to remember that she started her career as a backup dancer, and now she's a "global superstar." 

Tune in Monday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. on MTV to hear a run-down of the accolades.

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