Hokay, Internet. Everybody CTFO… Or actually… DON’T! It’s the VMA moment before the VMAs you’ve all been waiting for. VMA seat cards are up, and we’ve got all of the photos! They’re all set up in their places in the place of the places where the VMA’s biggest stars will sit inside of the Nokia Theater this Sunday night!
Is a two-dimensional piece of tagboard with a photo of, say Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian more exciting than the real-life three-dimensional human (or super-human, actually) versions of Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian? Of course not! But the VMA floor will be absolutely packed with celebrities. Celebrities mingling, gossiping, air-kissing, tweeting, dealing with the just-like-us mortal wound of becoming massively starstruck at the mere sight of Beyonce‘s stunningness. The celebrity action and camaraderie on the VMA floor is like the equivalent of the dizzying din of a high school cafeteria on the first day back to school. Except there’s champagne, no lunch, and people like Justin Bieber and VMA Pre-Show host Selena Gomez don’t go to your high school.
The reveal of the VMA seat cards are a yearly rite of passage that means that the VMAs are thisclose and that we’re saving a seat for celebrities like Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, your favorite Jersey Shore cast of characters, and even legends like Tony Bennett. (Seriously.)
Tide yourself over until actual celebrities sit in their actual seats at the VMAs by checking out photos of the 2011 MTV VMA celebrity seat cards to see who’s got a direct view of Beyonce, who may not be able to see over Bruno Mars‘ impressively tall hair, who’ll be sitting next to Joe Jonas (me, duh), and who’s should come wearing body armor because they’re sitting next to Odd Future.
+ Check out more seat cards photos in MTV’s VMA behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and watch Jim Cantiello’s VMA seat card video after the jump!
Watch the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards live from Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com. Catch the live preshow at 8 p.m. ET/PT and cast your votes for Best New Artist up until the show airs!