MTV also announced that One Direction will make a "special appearance" and that all three artists will be up for a new socially-driven category, dubbed Best Song of the Summer Award. Fans can vote for their favorite artist/song by using a special hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Vine. Inaugural nominees for the award are:
- Miley Cyrus (#votemiley), "We Can't Stop
- Daft Punk (#votedaftpunk), "Get Lucky"
- Selena Gomez (#voteselena), "Come & Get It"
- Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding (#votecalvinandellie), "I Need Your Love"
- One Direction(#voteonedirection), "Best Song Ever"
- Robin Thicke (#votethicke), "Blurred Lines"
In a news release Thicke hints at "some big surprises planned" for his appearance at the VMAs. He and Cyrus are up for four Moonmen apiece, and they join previously announced performers Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Katy Perry.