By Claire Stern
Updated Aug 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are looming, so before you go down an internet black hole reminiscing over the memorable red carpet moments, remember to familiarize yourself with this year's crop of nominees. Beyoncé leads the pack with 11 nominations—the most she's gotten at a single VMAs—and Adele trails closely behind with eight. If you need a sonic refresher, we asked one of this year's contenders for Best New Artist, Joe Jonas's new pop-rock band DNCE, for a playlist of songs to get you excited for the show, which airs live this Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Mark your iCals, ladies and gents.