They happened last night. At the time of publishing this preview, we are still unaware of exactly how Britney opened the awards this time around. We were told to expect something 'fun and unexpected'... which hopefully means she didn't mime in her underwear. Despite the catastrophe that was last year's opening performance, Britney proves you can't keep a good giddle down, saying: "MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMA - I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated." And nominated she was, three times in fact for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year for her song 'Piece of Me'. Tune in at 8.00pm to see the likes of Kanye West tread where he swore he would never trod again (the VMA red carpet), and to check out Russell Brand's presenting skills when under severe pressure.