Each and every year, MTV's Video Music Awards closes out the summer season with a bang, and the August 27 show is expected to be no exception. And since announcing its nominees and epic performers (as well as Pink receiving the coveted Vanguard honor) at the end of the July, it's definitely looking like the 2017 VMAs are going to be the place to be Sunday night. Though an awesome line-up, however, not seeing the names of the Carter duo has raised some eyebrows. And folks are wondering if Beyoncé and Jay-Z will even be at the VMAs.
Jay-Z's surprise album 4:44 caught the world, and apparently MTV's nomination committee, off guard on its June 30 release date, so not seeing the rapper/mogul's name within the list of nominees makes sense. However, not having him slated as one of the key performers for Sunday's show could be a key indication that HOV either had a prior engagement that couldn't be rescheduled, or that his summer masterpiece came out just as MTV was finalizing its set list.
Seeing as the married couple just welcomed a set of twins to their family, not having the time to prep for a show could totally be reason enough not to perform. But having Jay-Z and Beyoncé grace the world with their presence as they sing and dance along in the audience is still a possibility, right?
Those staying clued into Beyoncé's Instagram page know that the queen likes to go out and about occasionally — whether that be to Jessica Alba's star-studded birthday bash, or having extravagant date nights with "The Story of OJ" rapper — so heading to the VMAs could definitely be on the radar. After all, Bey performed at the 2017 Grammy Awards while pregnant with twins, Rumi and Sir. And having a postpartum dance sess front row in the Inglewood, Calif. Forum can happen with a lot less effort from the singer.
But because the Carter's thrive off of the element of surprise, a confirmation of either of them attending the 2017 show is not expected to come before. And so, fans will just have to make sure to tune into all of the epic red carpet arrivals.