Rapper, singer, global icon and cultural provocateur Nicki Minaj today announced that she will perform to open the 2015 "MTV Video Music Awards," airing on MTV (DStv channel &130) on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT and 21:00 CAT. Slyly poking fun at the latest gossip headlines, Minaj made the revelation to her 32 million followers on Instagram by posting an image of an adorable, tiny, gestating…MTV Moonman. The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT and 21:00 CAT. The primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base on Monday 31 August at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main show). Having just concluded her global, sold-out tour, The Pinkprint Tour, Minaj returns to a VMA stage that she can rightfully call home. Minaj made her VMA debut in the 2010 "MTV Video Music Awards" pre-show, t ook to the main stage in 2012 to join Alicia Keys on "Girl on Fire", and bounced through a performance of her mega-hit "Anaconda" in 2014. The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. In addition, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots are confirmed to perform. Presenters will be announced at a later date. In addition, MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards”. As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music. Artists who win a 2015 “Video Music Award” will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this year’s show. The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV's global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world. The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” are sponsored by Smirnoff.