By Hal Boedeker
9:26 AM EDT, August 19, 2013
You can go gaga over Gaga early.
Lady Gaga will open the MTV Video Music Awards by performing "Applause," the first single from her upcoming album "Artpop."
The show starts at 9 p.m. Sunday on MTV, of course, from Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Justin Timberlake will perform and receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Timberlake has six nominations this year and leads the field with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Macklemore & Lewis will perform "Same Love," their hit about marriage quality.
Kanye West will deliver his seventh performance at the VMAs. Other singers who will sing their hits include Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. One Direction is set to make what MTV calls a special appearance.
This year's awards also have a new category: Best Song of the Summer.
The nominees are Cyrus' "We Can't Stop"; Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell; "I Need Your Love" from Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding; Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It"; One Direction's "Best Song Ever"; and Thicke's "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and Pharrell.
"Blurred Lines" seems the obvious choice. What do you think?
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