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Nicki Minaj set to open MTV VMAs despite anger over Video of the Year snub

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Nicki Minaj performs "The Night is Still Young" at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Nicki Minaj is set to open the MTV VMAs.

The 32-year-old singer will be taking to the stage at the Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on August 30th.

It will be the third time Nicki has performed at the ceremony, but the first time she has acted as the opener.

Nicki teased fans ahead of the announcement on Thursday.

Earlier in the day she poked fun at recent rumours she could be pregnant by posting a picture of a sonogram scan on Instagram.

However, instead of a baby in the scan, a miniature MTV Moonman award was seen in the picture.

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

Nicki’s opening gig was revealed after she opened up about her dissatisfaction surrounding her lack of nominations at the VMAs in a lengthy Twitter post earlier this year.

Nicki was furious her track Anaconda wasn't mentioned in the coveted Video of the Year category, calling out the decision online. Taylor Swift then thought the barbed comment was at her and hit back, causing a heated exchange.

Meanwhile, another musical act set to make a return to the VMAs stage is Britney Spears.

The 33-year-old singer had arguably the biggest moment of her career when she infamously kissed Madonna during a triple performance also alongside Christina Aguilera at the 2003 awards ceremony.

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But Britney won’t be performing at this year’s awards.

Instead, she is apparently set to present one of the gongs at the bash.

Audience members at the ceremony will be treated to performances from stars including Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and Demi Lovato.

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And there is also sure to be a host of surprises from host Miley Cyrus.

MTV President Van Toffler said he is hoping Miley will deliver as presenter of the show.

“It feels like the right combination of chaos, credibility and fun," Van said in an interview with USA Today.

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