MTV Video Music Awards 2014

The Names You Need to Know at This Year's VMAs

Have no fear if you don't know your Iggy from your Avicii! Study up on 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and more stars vying for Moonmen

SAM SMITH

Heard a heart-wrenchingly soulful ballad on the radio lately? Odds are, it's the work of Smith, whose single "Stay with Me" is simultaneously climbing the charts and breaking hearts. The British singer, nominated for best male video and artist to watch, first made waves on two electronic tracks, "Latch" by Disclosure and "La La La" by Naughty Boy.