News: Kanye West Rubs Elbows W/ Justin Timberlake, MTV's VMAs Seating Chart Revealed

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 10:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West will be able to tell R&B hitmaker Justin Timberlake what he really thinks of "Suit & Tie" this weekend as a seating chart for MTV's Video Music Awards has surfaced.

In the new leaked seating chart pics, artists like T.I., Drake and Pharrell's placement at Brooklyn's Barclays Center are revealed.

Kanye West and Taylor Swift will come face-to-face once again and pop queens Lady Gaga and Katy Perry will hold court in the front row at the VMAs. The most powerful names in music will come together at Sunday's show. The seating arrangements have been revealed, showing where some of the stars will be sitting at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Performer Kanye West will rub elbows with Video Vanguard honoree Justin Timberlake, while Gaga and Perry sit side by side (Gaga is set to open the show and the "Roar" singer will close). Ciara will get up close with the Smith family including Will, Jaden, and Willow. Miley Cyrus is a seat apart from fellow Song of the Summer nominee Robin Thicke, who is in arm's length of his "Blurred Lines" collaborators T.I. and Pharrell. Before he takes the stage to perform "Started From the Bottom," Drake will grab a seat next to Ed Sheeran, with Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift in front of him. (Rap-Up)

While it is unclear if rap star 2 Chainz will perform, the G.O.O.D Music affiliate's presence was confirmed yesterday.

2 Chainz stays fresh as hell in his everyday life -- ya know, just in case the Feds are watching. So you can only imagine what the rapper will do when he makes a special appearance at Sunday's 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. During a special episode of "RapFix Live" from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- where the awards show will take place in just a few days -- MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway announced Wednesday (August 21) that 2 Chainz will be making a special VMA appearance. What the "No Lie" MC will actually be doing during the big show is anyone's guess, but judging from his history with MTV, you know it's going to be good. (MTV)

Drizzy Drake broke the news of his Sunday (August 25) performance at the event's annual ceremony earlier this week.

The video for his Nothing Was the Same lead single is up for two awards at this year's show, including Best Direction and Best Hip Hop Video. (And judging from his tweet Wednesday morning, he's particularly motivated to go home with one of the coveted Kaws-designed Moonmen. While he was there at last year's VMAs to accept the Best Hip Hop award for "HYFR" with Lil Wayne, this will mark his first performance since 2010. "Excited to announce I'll be performing at the 2013 @MTV VMA's!!! #Brooklyn #OVO #Started #NeedAKawsTrophy. (MTV)

Fellow rap star Kanye West is expected to make history at Sunday's VMAs.

MTV announced today via its various social media platforms that megastar Kanye West is set to perform on the "2013 MTV Video Music Awards" stage LIVE from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Following his performance of "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD," Kanye will triumphantly enter the history books by tying Madonna as the artist with the most VMA performances. Both artists have notched performances at seven separate VMAs. (Press Release)

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