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Countdown to VMAs 2018: Who Will Take the Stage With Rita Ora for a Surprise Guest Performance at DIRECTV’s Kick-Off Concert?

Liam Payne and Rita Ora
Liam Payne and Rita OraAndrew Lipovsky/Getty Images

It’s almost time! With the 2018 Video Music Awards approaching fast, it’s no surprise that some of the biggest music stars are getting in the spirit on the big day with fun parties, cute fashion looks and, of course, surprise performances.

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But in preparation for Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes, Logic, Post Malone and Panic! at the Disco and more to take the stage on Monday night, DIRECTV will FIRST be hosting a VMAs Kick-Off Concert on Sunday, August 19, at Terminal 5 in New York CITY. Bebe Rexha, Rita Ora and Madison Beer are expected to perform.

Even more? Sources close to the event revealed a surprise guest to Us Weekly —Liam Payne! The former One Direction singer will join nominee Ora for a show stopping performance at the concert.

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Liam Payne and Rita Ora
Liam Payne and Rita Ora Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

Fans can pick up free tickets to the MTV VMA Kickoff Concert at all 28 official AT&T retail stores in Manhattan from Thursday, August 16 through Saturday, August 18. Additionally, Z100 will host a ticket giveaway at AT&T in Union Square from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18.

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The MTV Video Music Awards will air on MTV Monday, August 20, at 9 p.m. ET

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