MTV was expected to announce the appearance early Wednesday via its social media platforms, The multi-platinum Grammy winner will open the annual award spectacle, which will air live on Aug. 24 from the Forum in Inglewood.
Usher’s performance will coincide with the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut. At the 2014 BET Awards in June he moved through a retrospective of hits, alongside new single“Good Kisser,” a medley considered one of the night’s highlights. He last performed at the VMA’s in 2010.
Meanwhile, buzzy Australian pop-punk act 5 Seconds of Summer, selected as an “artist to watch” by the network, have also been tapped to perform. The teen sensations made their U.S. television debut on the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year.
Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer join Ariana Grande, who was the first unveiled performer for the award show. Nominations and additional performers will be announced at a later date.
The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Last year's VMA show drew 10.1 million viewers, according to MTV, a 66% increase over the 2012 viewership.
This year's VMAs will mark the first awards show at the Forum since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co.