VMA performances 2012: The inside details

Aug 23, 2012 at 12:58 p.m. ET

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards — hosted by comedian Kevin Hart — is tapped for a full slew of performances from some of our favorite artists. Mainstays like Alicia Keys and Green Day are on the schedule to perform, as are a few other crowd pleasers

MTV VMAs performersPink

Pink is back in a big way — and she's about to remind us what we've been missing during her two-year break from the music scene. The "(Blow Me) One Last Kiss" singer is set to debut a new song from her upcoming album, The Truth About Love, during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Being a part of the VMAs for me is extra special because my mom never let me used to watch MTV as a little girl," Pink recently told MTV News. "I would watch it anyway but she would also try and ground me. But then I would just sneak out my window and go to someone's house that had MTV. So to be on MTV is quite ironic."

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The new mom said she prefers the VMAs over stuffier shows like the Grammys.

"It's always one of the more enjoyable shows because it's relaxed and it's kind of rock and roll and unpredictable and everyone is having a good time," she said.

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One Direction

The Brits are coming to MTV, but this time it's not the Fab Four. One Direction is slated to make tween hearts swoon when they perform at the VMAs.

"I think performing at the VMAs is such a huge occasion," 1D's Liam Payne told MTV. "I think it ranks up there with one of the best performances we'll do so far."

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That's not saying the teen dreams aren't nervous though.

"It's quite nerve-racking as well, because obviously, there's been so many historical moments and stuff that have happened at the VMAs. Now we want to make a moment ourselves, but who knows?"

No word on what the boys will perform, but we do know they're up for their first twos VMAs against fellow British boy band The Wanted.

Taylor Swift

Country queen — and Kennedy family enthusiastTaylor Swift will perform her new hit single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" at the VMAs. The song, from her upcoming album Red, is already breaking records for sales in its one week of release.

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Which performance are you look forward to seeing at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards?