Drama reigns at VMAs before awards show even airs

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Iggy Azalea arrives at The Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Rita Ora perform onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea perform onstage during The Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Iggy Azalea performs at Universal Music Group: Lucian Grainge's 2015 Artist Showcase Presented by American Airlines and Citi at The Ace Hotel on Saturday, Feb 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Universal Music Group/AP Images)
Singer Iggy Azalea performs at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Press Day at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Singers Jennifer Hudson, left, and Iggy Azalea perform at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Press Day at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - December 31: *** HOUSE COVERAGE*** Iggy Azalea and Nick Young pictured as Iggy Azalea performs at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas, NV on December 31, 2014. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd. /MediaPunch/IPX
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gabriel Grams/FilmMagic)
Iggy Azalea, left, and Rita Ora perform in concert during the Q102 Jingle Ball at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Charli XCX, left, and Iggy Azalea perform at the KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at the Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Rita Ora, left, and Iggy Azalea perform in concert during the Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball at the Verizon Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 21: Charli XCX (L) and Iggy Azalea perform onstage during Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 at BB&T Center on December 21, 2014 in Miami, FL. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Singer Iggy Azalea attends 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Iggy Azalea (L) and singer Rita Ora perform onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Iggy Azalea attends the 2014 Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball at Verizon Center on December 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Singers Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during Kiss 108's Jingle Ball 2014 at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea performs onstage during KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea attends KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer/songwriter Charli XCX (L) and recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Singer/songwriter Charli XCX (L) and recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer Rita Ora (L) recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artists Rita Ora (L) and Iggy Azalea perform at a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Rita Ora perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on stage during the Pandora Presents The 2014 Summer Party at The Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, August 09, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Australian singer Iggy Azalea performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, north London, Friday, July 4, 2014. The first festival took place in June 2005 and was staged in Hyde Park. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, August 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea, left, and T.I. perform at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea performs at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on June 27, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Iggy Azalea arrives at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Presented by Visit Florida on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fl. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)
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By MESFIN FEKADU

Snakes and stage slips: There's drama and the MTV Video Music Awards haven't even begun yet.

Days before the big show, Iggy Azalea slipped offstage while performing "Fancy" at a MTV benefit concert, later posting the video on Instagram and making fun of herself. More seriously, a 6-foot-long boa constrictor bit a background dancer during a rehearsal for Nicki Minaj's performance of "Anaconda," MTV News reported. MTV said Minaj was onstage, and the female dancer was treated onsite and transported to a hospital.

At another rehearsal, a show worker fell from one of the winding, sloping platforms on the stage at the Forum in Inglewood, California, which reopened in January after a $100 million makeover. And rap mogul Suge Knight was injured in a shooting early Sunday at a West Hollywood nightclub for an unofficial pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.

The back-to-back drama is making the popular awards show, airing Sunday night, a trending topic on social media even before an award is handed out, though trophies often take a back seat at the VMAs, which are all about the moments. And the show will likely provide even more memorable moments once it kicks off, much like last year's VMAs, which we will call the Video Miley Awards.

Miley Cyrus is returning Sunday, this time as a nominee for video of the year with "Wrecking Ball." She isn't set to perform, but the outrageous singer, who has kept quiet recently, could surprise with another twerking moment that could own the night and steal the spotlight from the slew of A-list pop divas.

Beyonce will perform and receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. She's the leading nominee, competing for eight awards, including video of the year for "Drunk In Love."

Taylor Swift, who is fully venturing out into the world of pop music, will sing her new song "Shake It Off" for the first time. And Ariana Grande, who is releasing her sophomore album, "My Everything," minutes after the VMAs wrap, will perform twice, including opening the show with Minaj and Jessie J for "Bang Bang."

"I'm so excited. ... MTV has been so supportive to me and I can't thank them enough," said the 21-year-old Grande, who is nominated for three moonmen for best pop video, female video and collaboration for "Problem" with Azalea.

Azalea, like Eminem, has seven nominations. The Australian rapper is nominated twice for both best female and pop video thanks to the success of "Problem" and "Fancy." The latter will compete for video of the year.

Charli XCX, who co-stars on "Fancy," said she first met Azalea on the set of the "Clueless"-inspired music video after they recorded the No. 1 hit separately. The 22-year-old English singer, who was also featured on last year's summer smash "I Love It" with Icona Pop, is nominated for the artist to watch award for her breakthrough solo hit, "Boom Clap."

"I mean it's cool, that's for sure," said Charli XCX, who said she's got four outfits lined up for Sunday. "I'm excited to be there because I haven't done an awards show like on my own, if you know what I mean."

She'll battle girl group Fifth Harmony and rising acts who have topped the charts this year, including boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, rapper Schoolboy Q and pop singer Sam Smith, who will also perform Sunday night.

"My dreams are coming true this weekend. I'm performing at the VMAs," Smith said at the MTV benefit concert also featuring Azalea.

Smith's "Stay With Me" is also up for best male video, pitting him against Eminem, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell, whose "Happy" is also nominated for video of the year.

Sia's "Chandelier," which has helped the singer-songwriter achieve a musical breakthrough this year, will battle Pharrell, Azalea, Beyonce and Cyrus for the night's top trophy.

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